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CORE VALUES

Simply put, Grace New Hope is a family Bible church. We are locally-governed and committed to the authentic worship of God as He has made Himself known through His Word, the life of Jesus and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Each week, at every age, we seek to teach the Bible, make disciples, encourage families and empower each generation of disciple-makers.   

We believe God has called us to live and serve together in our community in winsome ways (Neighborhoods). We believe that we are sent to reach the people of the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, while we meet the practical needs of those most impacted by tragedy and pain (Nations). We believe that we are to reach into the lives of the every generation with the grace of Jesus, empowering each generation to reach the one that follows (Next Generation).    

Our communion tables are open to all believers. Our doors are open to everyone and leadership is open to those who desire to conform to the image of Christ. We believe sin is deadly, but grace is more powerful. Our building and our style are welcoming, our music is joyous and our love sincere. 

 

BELIEFS

We hold to the beliefs of the Church as understood through the Apostles Creed, the Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals and in the Biblical narrative of the story of God. 

 

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic* Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

Amen.

*The word "catholic" in the Apostles' Creed refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals

www.nae.net/statement-of-faith

The Story of God

We believe God created everything to be good, beautiful, and full of purpose. In the midst of this world, God made a man and a woman—Adam and Eve—to be his unique representatives on Earth, bearing his name and extending his reign while living in dynamic relationship with him. 1

Adam and Eve, however, chose to sin when they heeded the voice of evil and betrayed God, hurling all humanity and the good world in which they lived into devastating cycles of shame, guilt, and fear—culminating in death. 2

But God chose not to abandon his rebellious creation. Instead, he graciously called another couple, Abraham and Sarah, to lead a faithful family and promised that through them all the nations of the earth would be blessed. 3

Throughout history, God has continued to work toward redemption through his people in spite of their habitual inability to live according to his ways. 4

We believe that in the fullness of time, God sent Jesus Christ, his eternal Word and true Son, into the world as a man to announce and embody the presence of God’s restorative reign—His Kingdom breaking into brokenness. 5

Furthermore, he invited a new group of followers (called “disciples”) to imitate his way of life and learn to love both God and neighbor. 6

This same Jesus was crucified like a common criminal, surrendering his sinless life as a ransom for many and drawing all evil onto himself in his death. 7

On the third day, however, God raised Jesus back to life as the victor over evil and the physical firstfruit of God’s future for his cosmos. 8

We believe Jesus is now at his Father’s right hand, reigning from heaven as the true King. He is inviting all people everywhere to trust him for forgiveness and freedom from shame, guilt, and fear because he is our unique source of life both now and forever. In addition, he has given his Spirit to supply direction and power so that we might live fully in the special identity and destiny he has prepared for each of us. 9

Today, we live as a community of God’s people on mission together, seeking to love God and follow Jesus by making disciples in the neighborhoods, nations, and next generation around us. By relying upon the unfailing, active grace of his Spirit and upon his entirely trustworthy Scripture, we embrace the often challenging but always hopeful adventure of sacrificial love, selfless generosity, and healing kindness to which he calls us. 10

We also believe life in God’s Kingdom is joyful, so we like to laugh. 11

One day in the not-so-distant future, we believe Jesus will return and remake the world, judging and removing every last trace of evil in order to complete the new creation that he began on the first Easter. 12

 

Biblical References 

1 Genesis 1-2; see also Psalm 8:1-9.

2 Genesis 3; see also Romans 8:18-25.

3 Genesis 12, 15, 18; see also Romans 4:1-25, Galatians 3:1-29, and Hebrews 11:8-22.

4 See, especially, Exodus 32-34, the books of Judges, Amos, Hosea, John 8:31-59, and Romans 3.

5 These accounts can be found in all four of the Gospels, but Mark 1, John 1, Luke 4 are a good first step.

6 For one window into the calling and heart of the disciples’ lives, see Luke 5-1.

7 Further understanding about Jesus’ death as a ransom (the “price of release”) can be found in Isaiah 52-53, Matthew 20:26-28, John 11:45-53, 2 Corinthians 5, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, Hebrews 9-10, 1 Peter 2-3.

8 For the stories of the resurrection and insight into its meaning, see especially Matthew 28, Luke 24, John 20-21, and 1 Corinthians 15. For more about Jesus’ victory over evil, see Psalm 110, Matthew 12:22-29, Ephesians 6, Colossians 2:13-15, Hebrews 2:14-18, 1 John 3:4-10.

9 See also John 13-17, Acts 1-3, Romans 8, and Ephesians 2-3.

10 Matthew 28 contains Jesus’ definitive commission to make disciples, and the book of Acts shows a generation of the early church’s efforts to obey that commission. Passages affirming the trustworthiness of Scripture include Matthew 5:17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, and Hebrews 4:12. Likely the clearest description of a life of love, generosity, and kindness can be found in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7.

11 See Deuteronomy 14:26, Isaiah 55:12, Romans 14:17, Philippians 4:4-9, Revelation 5:1-14.

12 For glimpses into God’s good future for the cosmos, see Isaiah 60-66, 1 Corinthians 15, and Revelation 21-22.