What We Believe

This is a page dedicated to scriptural references of worship and living a Christian lifestyle.

Read some of the biblical principles that are taught here at New Hope Baptist Church.

The Church

I.                    The Church

1.       Christ established the church during his ministry; he is the head and give it his promise of perpetuity and blessing.

2.       The church is a local body of baptized believers.

3.       Each church governed its own affairs under the leadership of the spirit; it received members, withdrew fellowship from the disorderly, and restored to fellowship those who repented.

4.       To the church Christ gave the ordinances and the Great Commission, and through it he is to be glorified.

REFERENCES: (Matthew 16:18; 18:17; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18; John 4:1; Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:47; 5:14; 14:23; 15:41; Romans 16:16; Rev. 1:4; Matthew 18:17; I Corinthians 5:3-5; Acts 15:22; 2 Corinthians 8:19; Romans 14:1; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; Galatians 6:1; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Ephesians 3:21)

Salvation

II.                 Salvation

1.       Salvation is given by God in grace, apart from human works or merit.

2.       It is received by man through repentance and faith.  Repentance is absolutely necessary.  Faith is absolutely necessary.  This is not just assent of the mind but must be from the heart.  Repentance and faith are used together in several places in the Scriptures.

REFERENCES: ( Ephesians 1:6-7; 2:8-9; 2 Timothy 1:9; Romans 3:24; 5:20-21; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Matthew 3:2; 4:17; Mark 6:12; Luke 13:3; 15:7; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20; Romans 2:4; 2 Cor. 7:10; 2 Peter 3:9; John 1:11-13; 3:16-18, 36; 6:28-29; Acts 10:43; 16:30; Romans 5:1; 10:9-15; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 20:21; Mark 1:15; Hebrews 6:1; Matthew 21:32)

Baptism

III.              Baptism

1.       There is only one baptism

2.       Scriptural baptism is by immersion.  The Greek work for “baptize” means immerse and never means sprinkle or pour.  Scriptures about baptism also make immersion absolutely necessary in the ordinance.  Baptism must be in water.  It requires much water, going down into the water, burial in water, resurrection from the water, and coming p out of the water.

3.       Four things are necessary for the administration of the ordinance of baptism.  There must be the proper subject, a saved person; the proper authority, a church of the Lord Jesus Christ; the proper purpose, to show salvation, to procure it; and the proper mode, immersion.  Any so-called baptism that does not meet these four conditions is not accepted as scriptural.

4.       Baptism sets forth the burial and resurrection of Christ and shows the individual’s salvation by death to sin and resurrection to new life in Christ.  It is an illustration by figure or putting on a uniform showing that we are saved, done in obedience to Christ’s command.

5.       Baptism is not essential for salvation.  There is not one passage in the Bible that teaches that baptism is necessary for salvation.  Some passages have been wrongly interpreted to teach it, but there is not one that really teaches it.

There is no passage which says “except ye be baptized ye shall be lost”.  This is said of both repentance and faith.  There are many passages which plainly teach that salvation is without baptism.

In the New Testament only believers were baptized, and believers are saved.  Paul clearly teaches that baptism is not a part of the gospel message of salvation.  In 1 Corinthians 4:15 we are told that Paul had begotten (led to be born again) the Corinthians through the gospel.  They have been saved without baptism, for Paul had not baptized them.  Paul also said here that he was sent to preach the gospel, not baptize.  This plainly teaches that baptism is not part of the gospel, but Paul taught in Romans 1:16 that the gospel is “the saved power of God unto salvation”.

6.       Every Christian should be baptized, not in order to be saved but because he is saved.

7.       There is not one passage in the New Testament that in any way teaches infant baptism either by word or example.

REFERENCES:  (Ephesians 4:5; Matt. 3:11, 13; Mark 1:5; John 3:23; Mark 1:9; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:39; Mark 1:10; Rom. 6:4, 11; Gal. 3:27; Matt. 28:19-20; Luke 13:3; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:43; 16:31; Eph. 2:8; Titus 3:5-7; John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 6:35-40; Acts 2:41; 8:12; 16:31-33; 18:8; Mark 16:16; Matt. 28:19; John 3:16; 1 Cor. 1:14-17; Acts 10:48; Matt. 3:15-17; 28:19; Mark 1:9)

The Lord's Supper

IV.             The Lord’s Supper

1.       General References – see attached

2.       Consider these questions: Whose is the Supper?  It is the Lord’s.  What is the purpose?  It is memorial of Christ’s death.  To whom was it given?  It was given to the church.  Who is to partake?  Church members are to partake.

Is open communion possible?  No!  Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 11:18-20 shows that open communion is impossible!  “For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.  When ye come together therefore into one place, this not to eat the Lord’s Supper”.

How often should the Lord’s Supper be observed?  There is no command as to this.  The Scriptures simply say “as often as ye eat”.  Some churches observe it yearly, some quarterly, others more often.

REFERENCES: (Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:17-29; 1 Cor. 11:20; 1 Cor. 11:24-26; Acts 2:41-42; 20:7)

Security of the Believer

V.                The Security of the Believer

1.       God promises and give eternal life.

2.       The believer has everlasting life.

3.       Christians do not keep themselves.

4.       The Christian is hidden with Christ in God.  If the devil could get us, he would be stronger than God.  If he could get one of us, he could get all.

5.       We are born the children of God, and we cannot be unborn.

6.       Nothing can separate us from the love of God.

7.       When Christians sin, God chastises them and keeps them.

8.       Sins of Christians are not charged to them, so they do not have to die for them.

REFERENCES:  (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 6:47; 1 John 2:25; Titus 1:2; John 3:18, 36; 5:24; 6:47; 10:27-28; 1 John 5:13; 1 Peter 1:3-6; Jude 24-25; John 10:28; Col. 3:3; John 3:5; Romans 8:35-39; Hebrews 5-11; Psalms 89:30-36; Romans 4:7-8)

Scriptural References

VI.             Scripture References on Various Subjects

Bible Study- 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Peter 3:15

Prayer-1 Thessalonians 5:17; Luke 11:1-3; 18:1; Matthew 18:19-20; 21:22; James 5:15-16; John 14:13-14; 15:7; Mark 11:22-26; 1 John 3:22; 5:14-15; Philippians 4:6-7; Jeremiah 33:3

Church Attendance-Hebrews 10:24-25; Psalms 96:8-9; 122:1; Acts 2:44-47

Soul-Winning-Proverbs 11:30; Ezekiel 3:17-19; Daniel 12:3; Matthew 4:19; John 1:40-45; Psalms 126:6

Stewardship-1 Corinthians 4:2, 7; Psalms 24:1; Deuteronomy 8:18; Haggai 2:8; James 1:17; Romans 14:12; Matthew 25:14-30

Giving-Deuteronomy 8:18; 16:16-17; Leviticus 27:30; Proverbs 3:9-10; 11:24-25; Genesis 14:20; 28:22; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 23:23; Luke 6:38; Acts 20:35; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 8:7-12; 9:6-15

Missions-Matthew 9:37-38; 28:19-20; Acts 1:8-9; John 20:21; Mark 16:15; Romans 1:14; 10:12-15

Christian Living-1 Corinthians 8:9-13; Galatians 2:20; 5:22-26; Ephesians 6:10-18; Colossians 3:17; 1 John 4:7; 2 Corinthians 6:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22; Psalms 1; Romans 12; Matthew 5-7; 10:37-39; Philippians 4:8

Precious Promises-Isaiah 40:31; 41:10; Psalms 27:14; 34:7-10; 37:1-5; 55:22; 84:11; 91:1; Proverbs 3:5-6; Romans 8:28; John 14:1-3;

Philippians 4:19; Matthew 11:28-30

Deaths-Psalms 23; 91; 116:15; John 14; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; 5:1-10; Philippians 1:21-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 21-22

Second Coming- Matthew 24-25; Luke 21; 1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13 to 5:11; Revelations; Acts 1:9-11; John 5:28-28; 14:1-3