New Hope Urbandale Core Beliefs
We believe the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives.
ONE TRUE GOD
There is one true God, The Creator of all things, who exists eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (this is commonly known as the Trinity). The Lord Jesus Christ is both God and man and is the only one who can reconcile us to God.
SIN AND SALVATION
Though originally good, humanity chose to defy God and go its own way, a choice perpetuated in every person to this day. That sin separates us from God and prevents us from knowing Him personally. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, gave His life to pay the penalty for sin and restore our opportunity for a relationship with God. We can receive this by turning from our own way and trusting Christ as the Forgiver of our sin and Leader of our life. This begins a lifelong process of spiritual growth and maturity, by which we become closer to God and more like Jesus.
BAPTISM AND COMMUNION
We practice two ordinances which illustrate and demonstrate our faith in Jesus: Baptism by immersion in water as a public profession of personal faith in Christ, and Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe God’s Spirit is active in the world today just as He was throughout the Bible. He empowers Jesus’ followers to spread His message, serve His purposes and reflect His character. The Holy Spirit also expresses Himself through healings, miracles, and other spiritual gifts.
THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION
The Church–the worldwide community of Christ’s followers–exists for the purpose of worshiping God, encouraging others, equipping people for ministry and spreading the message of Jesus around the world by all means, including ministries of love and compassion.
THE RETURN OF JESUS
Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended to heaven and will one day physically return to rid the world of evil and reign over a new heaven and earth. Ultimately, God will restore all things to His intended purpose and every person will face the truth about his/her life and forever live with the consequences, either fulfilled in eternal life with Christ or suffering an existence without Him.
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