We believe a great commitment to the
great commandment and the great
commission, will grow a great church.
THE GREAT COMMANDMENT:
Matthew 22:36-40 "Jesus said, 'Love the Lord your God with all your
heart and soul and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law
and prophets hang on these two commandments.'"
THE GREAT COMMISSION:
Matthew 28:19-20 "Jesus said, 'Go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.'"
Our Five Purposes are drawn from these two passages:
• Love God with all your heart - WORSHIP
• Love your neighbor as yourself - MINISTRY
• Go and make disciples - EVANGELISM
• Baptize - FELLOWSHIP
• Teach them all things - DISCIPLESHIP
STATEMENT OF FAITH:
THE BIBLE IS OUR SOLE AUTHORITY
Timothy 3:16 "All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,
rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness."
At New Hope, the Bible is our final authority. Not a denominational
statement, but God's Holy Word. It can be trusted. Whenever a
question arises, we will go to the Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to
illuminate it's meaning to our hearts.
AUTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
Jesus Christ is the head of the church. Not the pastors or deacons or
lay ministers. We are the body of and we work together. He is the
source of our life. This church will make it's own decisions about land
and property. No denominational control from outside can tell us what
to do with land or tell the Pastor to move to another church. This
church will make their own decisions We are autonomous.
PRIESTHOOD OF EVERY BELIEVER
Revelation 1:5,6 "Jesus Christ, Who is the faithful witness, the
firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the Kings on earth. To Him
Who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and has
made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father -
to Him be the glory and power forever and ever."
We as Christians are all priests before God. We don't need anyone
standing between us and God anymore. Jesus Christ did that when He
died on the cross and rose again. He gave us equal access to God the
Father. I've had people come up to me and ask for special prayer like I
have a better phone line to God than they do. The truth is, we all have
the unique privilege of access to God through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The word tithing simply means ten percent. This is the way we will
finance this church. We don't finance it through bingo or raffles or any
other gimmicks. We finance this church through the members giving
ten percent of what they earn back to God through the church.
Malachi 3:8 says, "Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask,
'How do we rob You?' In tithes and offerings... Bring the whole tithe
into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in
this 'says the Lord Almighty' and see if I will not throw open the flood
gates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have
room enough for it."
You see, what God says and I believe it's an act of obedience
between you and God. It is the member's responsibility to give and
support the work of the local church.
Romans 6:4 "We were buried with Him through baptism into death in
order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory
of the Father, we too may have a new life."
There's nothing magical about baptism. It sure won't effect your
salvation one way or the other. It's simply an outward sign of your
internal change that happened at the point of salvation. It's also a
symbol to others of Jesus dying being buried and rising again to offer
all people His free gift of salvation.
John 15:5 Jesus said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. If any man
remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, apart from Me, you
can do nothing."
Jesus is our source of life, not just for salvation, but everyday. We
can't live life and go through our daily trials without Him. We need His
guidance every moment of every day, to give us strength, to give us
wisdom, and to give us patience. He is our power source in life.
TELLING OTHERS ABOUT CHRIST
I Peter 3:15 "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who
asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."
It is our responsibility and privilege as believers to tell someone else
about Christ. You don't have to know the whole Bible or have a
witnessing plan memorized. All you need to do is tell what God did in
your life, and how your life is different because of Jesus Christ.
LIFE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS:
Our objective is to keep people moving in their spiritual lives by
encouraging personal spiritual commitments.
ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of this church shall be New Hope Community Church,
New Kent, VA.
ARTICLE II. LIFESTYLE STATEMENT
Bible as our Sole Authority."All scripture is God-breathed and is useful
for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness." II
Since God's Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority,
we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when
faced with a decision is, "What does the Bible say?" We practice daily
Bible reading, Bible study and Bible memorization. The Bible is the
basis for all we believe.
Autonomy of each Local Church "Christ is the head of His body, the
church. He is the source of the body's life…" Colossians 1:18
Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group or
religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and
cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local
church should be self-governing and independent from any
Priesthood of every believer "You are a chosen people, royal
priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may
declare the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His
wonderful light." I Peter 2:9 Every believer has personal access to God
through Jesus. And every believer, being part of the royal priesthood,
is a minister to others.
Tithing "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse." Malachi 3:10
At New Hope, we practice tithing for the support of Christ's body, the
church as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income
is the Biblical standard of giving.
Immersion "We were buried with Him through baptism into death in
order that just as Jesus was raised from the dead through the glory
of the Father, we too may have a new life." Romans 6:4
We practice baptism by immersion under water-the way Jesus was
baptized, and the way the Bible commands.
Jesus said, "I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you abide in Me
and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but apart from Me you can do
nothing." John 15:5
We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God's
power within us. So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God's
Spirit to enable us to do what is right.
Telling others about Christ "Always be prepared to give an answer to
everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you
have." I Peter 3:15
It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with
those God brings us into contact with. We practice personal sharing
about Christ and inviting friends to church.
ARTICLE III. PURPOSE STATEMENT
We believe in a great commitment to the Great Commandment and
the Great commission will grow a great church.
The Great Commandment: "Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with
all your heart and soul and mind. This is the first and greatest
commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as
yourself, all the law and prophets hang on these two
commandments." Matthew 22:37-40
The Great Commission: "Jesus said, 'Go and make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have
commanded you." Matthew 28:19-20
New Hope's Five Purposes:
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP COVENANT
"Having received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and being in
agreement with New Hope's statements, strategy and structure, I
now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the New Hope church
family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members
to do the following
1. I will protect the unity of my church
"May the God Who gives endurance and encouragement give you a
spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus."
"You have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have
sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the
heart." I Peter 1:22
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only
what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it
may benefit those who listen.," Ephesians 4:29
"Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch
over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their
work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to
you." Heb. 13:17
2. I will share the responsibility of my church
To the church-"We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in
our prayers." I Thessalonians 1:2
Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few… send
out workers into His harvest field." Mt. 9:37-38
"Accept one another, then, just as Jesus accepted you in order to
bring praises to God." Romans 15:7
3. I will serve the ministry of my church.
"Each one of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to
the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of
Christ Jesus, taking on the very nature of a servant."
4. I will support the testimony of my church.
"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of
doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see
the day approaching." Hebrews 10:25
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the
gospel of Christ." Philippians 1:27
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in
my house. Test me in this says the Lord Almighty and see if I will not
throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing
that you will not have room enough for it." Malachi 3:10
ARTICLE V. MEMBERSHIP
1. Qualifications Anyone who is committed to attendance, who
desires to unite with New Hope must take Class 101 "Discovering
Membership". At the conclusion of Class 101, they must sign the
2. Duties Members are to abide by the Membership Covenant (see
Article IV). Every member is a minister.
3. Rights Members may vote, by 2/3 majority of members present, on
the annual budget (which will be adopted prior to the beginning of our
fiscal year-Jan. 1), legal trustees, the purchase of land and building,
calling the senior pastor, and needed changes to the church
constitution if we change the way we operated, by law, in Virginia.
4. Discipline of Members New Hope is a family, so we need to conduct
ourselves as family. I Timothy 5:1-2 We are to follow
Matthew 18:15-20 when we have been wronged.
ARTICLE VI. STRUCTURE
New Hope is a body, not a business. We ar a living organism, not an
organization. This is why we function through the use of spiritual gifts,
not elected offices.
Our church is built on Ephesians 4:11-12, "God gave some to be
pastors and teachers to prepare God's people for works of service, so
that the body of Christ may be built up."
New Hope's structure is found in two sentences:
The people's responsibility is to use their spiritual gifts and talents,
given to them by God, to minister to others only in the way they're
The Pastor's responsibility is to keep the church committed to our five
purposes, our vision, our values and Biblical standards.
New Hope is not a democracy, it is a theocracy. God is the head of our
body and He is in control of everything we do at New Hope.
I Corinthians 12:4,5,27
ARTICLE VII. MISSIONS
New Hope will support missions with a minimum of 10% of the general
fund (non- designated giving) each month. This money will be used for
local and worldwide missions.
ARTICLE VIII. CLASSIFICATION
This fellowship will operate under the I.R.S. code 501 (c)(3).
Voted on and adopted by the chartering members of New Hope
Community Church during the Chartering Service on January 26, 2001.
NEW HOPE CHURCH IS A PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH
|Creatively Communicating Christ
from New Kent, VA
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