What We Believe

gp1425As Cumberland Presbyterians, New Hope adheres to the Confession of Faith of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  The Confession of Faith was prayerfully compiled and written by church leaders and based upon the inerrant truths of the Bible.  A brief summary of our principle beliefs follows:

WE BELIEVE that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, are given by inspiration of God and are the only infallible guide to faith and practice.

WE BELIEVE in the unity of the Trinity as expressed in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ came and died for all and that whosoever will accept Him as Savior can and will be saved.

WE BELIEVE in the preservation of the believer; that no one who is saved can “lose” his or her salvation.

WE BELIEVE there are no eternal reprobates.  In other words, no one is so sinful that they cannot be saved through faith in Jesus Christ.

WE BELIEVE that Christ died not for part only, but for all mankind.

WE BELIEVE that all infants dying in infancy are saved through Christ and the sanctification of the Spirit.

WE BELIEVE that the Spirit of God operates on the world, or as co-extensively as Christ has made atonement, in such a manner as to leave all men inexcusable.  (In other words, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church does not agree with the Presbyterian doctrine of predestination.  All men will be judged, and there are not those predestined to be saved or lost)

WE BELIEVE that there are two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion.  Communion is served to anyone who has professed Christ as their Lord and Savior, whether or not a member of this church.  Baptism is performed by sprinkling or pouring and symbolizes the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the life of the new Believer.  In and of itself, water baptism is not required for salvation but is done as an act of public profession of new faith in Christ.

WE BELIEVE that persons do not merit salvation because of repentance or any other human exercise.  Yet repentance is necessary to partake of the saving grace and forgiveness of God in Christ.

WE BELIEVE that God has appointed a day when He will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus Christ.

WE BELIEVE that God has appointed one day in seven to be kept holy to Him.