What do we mean when we say New Hope is a “Reformed Baptist Church”?
We are an organized body of baptized believers in covenant relationship for gospel purposes, just like many other churches, but there are three areas that distinguish us as “Reformed Baptists.”
First, we believe in the five Solas of the Reformation. SCRIPTURE ALONE (Sola Scriptura), our only rule of faith and practice, teaches that salvation is by GRACE ALONE (Sola Gratia) through FAITH ALONE (Sola Fide) in CHRIST ALONE (Solus Christus) for the GLORY OF GOD ALONE (Soli Deo Gloria).
Second, we believe the Scriptures teach five reformed doctrines that describe how God save sinners. There are two major views on salvation (at New Hope, we teach free grace):
Third, we observe five Reformed Baptist practices:
- EXPOSITORY PREACHING, or letting the Bible speak for itself without man’s interference.
- REGENERATIVE CHURCH MEMBERSHIP, in which all members have experienced the new birth.
- Two ordinances of Christ, BAPTISM and the LORD’S SUPPER (both by professing believers only).
- A loving and accountable COVENANT RELATIONSHIP between members of our church.
- An enthusiastic commitment to both domestic and international GOSPEL MISSIONS.
If you have more questions regarding Reformed Baptists or becoming a member of New Hope, please feel free to talk to one of our elders.