Every church has values. They are the (often unwritten) assumptions that determine its direction. Values are not a doctrinal statement. Rather they provide the foundation for formulating goals and setting the direction of the church’s ministry. The following are some of the core values and distinctives of New Hope Chapel.
The Richness of God’s Word
Because the Bible is the inspired Word of God, we:
- Preach both the Torah (Old Testament) and the New Testament as revealing the nature and plan of God.
- Recognize that God’s design, love, and will for our lives are found in the Bible.
- Emphasize corporate and personal Bible study as important and necessary to understand the nature and will of God.
- Teach methods of study that foster responsible interpretation, understanding, and application of the Word of God.
- Align our lives, church practices, ministries, and doctrine with it.
The Worth of the Individual
Because God created man in His own image, we:
- Identify every person as having infinite worth.
- Recognize the dignity of each human life, beginning at conception until death.
- Teach that every human life has the potential for a personal relationship with the Lord and for serving and honoring God.
- Share our faith with others so that they may have the joy of eternal life.
- Offer unconditional love and resources to help those in need.
Because God established the institution of the family and He designed us to live in community, we:
- Recognize that all believers together are adopted into the family of God.
- Emphasize the importance of a healthy and loving church “family.”
- Encourage family to be a priority.
- Foster a range of children’s ministries in order to partner with parents to raise children in a godly and safe environment.
- Teach that God’s design for family begins with a lifelong marriage between one man and one woman.
- Practice faithful and monogamous relationships where emotional and physical intimacy is reserved for and fostered in marriage.
- Love, counsel, heal, restore, and edify those hurt by sin, brokenness, and dysfunction.
Because of God’s plan of salvation and sanctification, we:
- Stress the importance of a personal relationship with God, whereby we are transformed into His likeness.
- Emphasize a lifelong commitment to follow Jesus.
- Emphasize the greatest commandment: “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
- Live authentically as a representative of God’s kingdom in private and public.
- Demonstrating God’s self-sacrificing love by accepting, caring for, and forgiving others.
- Obey God’s commands.
Lives of Worship
Because of God’s glory and His redemption, we:
- Offer our lives as “living sacrifices”– holy and pleasing to God.
- Schedule times when we gather for corporate worship.
- Consider every moment to be an opportunity of worship.
- Worship God out of love and appreciation with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength.
- Seek the Kingdom of God first.
- Give of our time, resources, and talent as acts and offerings of worship.
The Priesthood and Equality of All Believers
Because of Jesus’ fulfillment as High Priest, atoning sacrifice, and King, we:
- Recognize that the Law was fulfilled with Jesus the Great High Priest.
- Identify that Jesus has made all believers, the Body of Christ, into a “royal priesthood and a chosen nation.”
- Consider every believer to be a member of the people (laos/laity) of God who share in His portion (kleros/clergy) of ministry.
- Appreciate our unity as a family of equals made up of diverse individuals.
- Understand that believers are equipped with spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit for the edification of the Church.
Stewardship of God’s Church
Because of God’s plan for the Church, we:
- Recognize that we are stewards of God’s ministry, and that He is the one in control.
- Submit to God’s control by aligning ourselves to His will through prayer, Scripture, and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, and trusting in His provision.
- Lead in gentleness, humility, and by example as shepherds entrusted with God’s flock.
- Participate faithfully in the work of the church through utilizing our spiritual gifts.
- Act authentically and lovingly with each other.
- Foster and encourage individual spiritual growth and utilization of others’ spiritual gifts.
- Give generously to support God’s ministry.
- Teach and live out the doctrines and values of the church.
- Work in harmony with other believers and ministries outside our community as the Lord directs.
- Welcome people into the church.
Because of God’s desire that we celebrate His sacrifice and our new life in Him, we:
- Declare our identification with Jesus through baptism, which we believe is best symbolized by a believer’s immersion in water.
- Celebrate the Lord’s Supper as a community.
Because God’s plan of redemption is first announced in Genesis and includes the calling of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we:
- Emphasize the Jewish roots of Christianity in order to gain a fuller understanding of God’s Word and insight about Jesus the Messiah.
- Appreciate, study, and celebrate various aspects of Jewish festivals and customs as an enriching worship experience and opportunity for learning.
- Recognize that the descendants of Jacob – the Jewish people – are God’s chosen people who received His special revelation.
- Anticipate that God will fulfill His promises to the Jewish people.
- Support the Jewish people through love, prayer, and evangelism.