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.

    TITHING
    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.

    IMMERSION
    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.

    SPIRIT-LED LIVING
    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.

  • Class 101 - THE MEMBERSHIP COVENANT is a
    commitment to Christ and the New Hope family.
  • Class 201 - THE MATURITY COVENANT is a
    commitment to the habits necessary for spiritual
    growth.
  • Class 301 - THE MINISTRY COVENANT is a
    commitment to discovering and using you God-given
    gifts and    
    abilities to serve God and others.
  • Class 401 - THE MISSIONS COVENANT is the
    commitment to share the good news with others.


    CONSTITUTION:
    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 Timothy 3:16

    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 denominational
    control.

    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:
  • Worship-Love God with all your heart
  • Ministry-Love your neighbor as yourself
  • Evangelism-Go and make disciples
  • Fellowship-Baptize
  • Discipleship-Teaching them all things

    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
  • By acting in love toward other members
  • By refusing to gossip
  • By following the leaders

    "May the God Who gives endurance and encouragement
    give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow
    Christ Jesus."
    Romans 15:5

    "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
  • By praying for it's growth
  • By inviting the un-churched to attend
  • By warmly welcoming those who visit

    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.
  • By discovering my gifts and abilities
  • By being equipped to serve my pastors
  • By developing a servant heart

    "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."
    Philippians 2:4,5,7

    4. I will support the testimony of my church.
  • By attending faithfully
  • By living a Godly life
  • By giving regularly

    "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 membership covenant.

    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 are the ministers.
  • The pastors are the administrators.

    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 equipped.

    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
New Hope Church
We Believe!
We believe a Great Commitment
to the Great Commandment and
the Great Commission,
will grow a Great Church.