About New Hope
Jesus said that his teaching is easy and expectations are not heavy. New hope people are committed to an expression of genuine spirituality in our everyday lives that is Simple, Easy and Fun for all to participate in.
The first element is SIMPLE JOURNALING.
- That is, spending time reading a portion of the bible and allowing God to speak to our hearts through His word. We take note of a few thoughts in preparation for sharing them with others at a weekly small group meeting.
The second element is CONVERSATIONAL PRAYER.
- Talking to a Heavenly Father who loves us is not rocket science. So we pray for one another in simple short sentences, keeping our eyes open when in public. This enables us to practice our faith in God openly, in any place, at any time, (E.G. Coffee shop.) without making others (or ourselves!) uncomfortable.
The third element is PURITY.
- We determine to keep our hearts clean and free of damaging attitudes like greed, offense or lust, by practicing a simple genuine prayer at the end of each day. “Lord, is there anything you want to speak to me about my life, today?” Then we do our best to obey and adjust our lives obey according to what God shows us.
Following Jesus is Simple, Easy and Fun.
Vision, Values and Philosophy of New Hope Church
The following passages are some of the words we say about the church we are, and want to be.
The Church We See
Is a Large, Vibrant church, Reproducing itself as Congregations that are intrinsically interwoven by their common Leadership, Vision, Values and Ministries.
A church focused on Harvesting a City and Impacting a State by networking the entire Greater Toowoomba Area and Region with Small Groups and Congregations.
A church where God’s Presence is the tangible, Life Changing ingredient of all we do.
It a Free Spirited church, a Generous church, that is Committed to doing & giving Whatever it Takes to see the Cause of Christ – the Salvation and Discipleship of it’s Communities and the Nations – unfold.
A church that sees Souls saved every week and is constantly Baptising New Believers.
It is a church full of Young People, expressing their Gifts, discovering the wonder of Calling and destiny. A place where all generations Interact, serve and learn together and from each other.
It is a church where Children are Welcomed, Loved, Appreciated and Empowered to respond to their own sense of the call of God right Now.
A church that Champions and Honours godly Marriage and recognises it as the Relational keystone of Community.
A church characterized by Grace, a safe place to take godly risks and even fail.
A church that displays the power of God in Wisdom, Signs and Wonders and Practical Intervention in the needs of humanity.
A church that attracts Heaven’s Attention with resounding Breakthrough Praise and Passionate Worship.
A church redeeming the Arts to express the Values of the Kingdom and present the Gospel in Creative & Impacting ways.
A church that Speaks Well of all people and is known for what it stands for, rather than what it’s against.
A church so Influential that it demands comment from the society around it.
A church using that profile to Better Society now and exert godly influence for the Following Generations.
It is a church that refuses to be bound by yesterday and continually pursues Fresh and Innovative ways of being Relevant and Effective.
The Church we see is New Hope Church.
The People We See
We see people living a Great Big Life – knowing that God has a Purpose and Destiny for each of them and for Everyone who would seek Him.
A people living in expectation that God will do Exceeding Abundantly Above all we ask or think! A people living an Overflowing, Wellspring life.
A people bursting to Share this revelation with everyone in their world, by living that great big life.
A people that believe wholeheartedly in the Next Generation, and are excited about Inspiring and Supporting them to take their place as Influencers in the grand adventure of life.
People committed to a spirit of Excellence which says: “I will do the best I can with what I have.”
A people convinced by the promise that if we Build God’s house – He will build ours.
A people who know how to Keep Rank in spite of challenging times, where everyone is a Carrier and Defender of the vision.
This church is essentially a Company of Friends committed to each other and to Impacting their communities with acts of Kindness and Generosity.
People who ask themselves, ‘What would Jesus do?’ and then do it.
The People we see, are New Hope People.
A Simple 'Snapshot' of New Hope
We are a Vibrant Church
We believe an authentic relationship with Christ will flow into a vibrant lifestyle & expression of worship.
We are a Soul–Winning Church
We exist for those who don’t know Christ.
We are a Relational Church
We pursue authentic relationships of love, respect, fun and concern with all people.
We are a Discipling Church
We intentionally develop people to obey and serve Jesus Christ
What we believe
God is the Creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
(See Gen. 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matt 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Cor. 13:14)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people, by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(See Matt 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13.)
3. Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. As believers, we are encouraged to seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The baptism, distinct from water baptism, is essential to effectively live a Holy Spirit empowered life.
(See 2 Cor. 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 2:12, 3:16; Eph. 1:13; Gal. 5:25; Eph, 5:18.)
The Bible is God’s Work to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Being inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
(See 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Tim 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Prov. 30:5.)
People are made in the image of God. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
(See Gen. 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2.)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
(See Romans 6:23; Eph. 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Gal. 3:26; Romans 5:1.)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Eternal Life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
(See John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Rev. 20:15, 1 Cor. 2:7-9)
This statement is by no means exhaustive but rather a brief summary of what we consider to be essential beliefs and practices.