New Hope Chapel exists to know Christ passionately, and to make Him known lovingly in our world. As a unique expression of the Body of Christ, we are committed to ten core values in order to achieve our mission.
- We are committed to Bible-centered preaching and teaching.
- The Bible is the basis and focus of all our preaching and teaching. We teach the Bible so that God’s truth is applied to our lives. Our goal in teaching the Bible is transformation; to become strong disciples of Jesus Christ (II Timothy 3:16; Ephesians 4:13).
- We are committed to dependence on God.
- Faith in God through Jesus Christ marks the beginning and the ongoing principle of our Christian walk (Hebrews 12:2). Everything we do should flow out of the leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit. (John 15:5; Luke 24:49).
- We are committed to servant leadership.
- Our leaders are expected to fear God and walk humbly before Him. They are encouraged to be devoted people of the Word and prayer. Jesus, the Gentle Shepherd is our model for leadership (John 10:11; Mark 10:45).
- We are committed to prayer.
- More than a ritual, we value an ongoing dialogue with God that is a part of our daily lives. Prayer is an expression of our dependence on God. No decision is made without considerable prayer. (I Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:18).
- We are committed to integrity and accountability.
- We value lives and ministries where words and actions are consistent. We believe that Christians should be above reproach and should maintain a standard of moral uprightness (Matthew 5:13-16). Integrity develops as we grow in deep relationships of voluntary mutual accountability. This requires a commitment and a reliance on each other to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).
- We are committed to strong families.
- After devotion to Christ, our next priority is the family. We value faithfulness in the husband/wife relationship and are committed to discipling the children the Lord has given us (Ephesians 5:22-6:4).
- We are committed to grace.
- We believe Christians are to be known as those who are accepted by God in Christ and not just those who do good works. Not only do we emphasize grace as the means of salvation, but also the means of living the Christian life. We desire to motivate people, not by guilt, but by the grace given them in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-10).
- We are committed to missions, home and abroad.
- As a sign of this, we have agreed to give at least one-tenth of our budget to missions. We have made the Great Commission our Biblical mandate, and offer ourselves in prayer, giving, and service to its fulfillment in Metrowest, New England and the uttermost parts of the earth (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).
- We are committed to seeking the presence of God in worship.
- It is our desire to come together in Jesus’ name to experience the presence of God by the Holy Spirit. We value genuine, heart-felt, participatory worship over a highly polished, showy performance of worship. We encourage the varied expressions of worship, e.g. quiet, clapping, bowing heads, lifting hands within an atmosphere of mutual respect, decency and order (John 4:23-24; I Corinthians 14:40).
- We are committed to authentic community.
- We desire to be genuine with each other, and to develop a community marked by love and service in the bond of Christ. We encourage each member to discover his/her spiritual gifts and to commit to expressing those gifts in loving service among this community of believers (John 13:35; I John 3:18).
Although these may be strongly held values for some in our community, at present, they are areas in which we as a body would like to grow more.
- We aspire to individual spiritual growth.
- We would like to see every member maintain a regular time of personal worship, including scripture study and prayer. Each one is to have a plan of discipleship, that may include participating in one-on-one discipleship, a small group, or Sunday School (Mark 1:35; Colossians 3:16).
- We aspire to personal evangelism.
- We want to offer evangelism training on a regular basis so that every person is trained in sharing his or her faith. By our words as well as our actions, we should be sharing the good news of Jesus Christ as often as possible (I Peter 3:15; Mark 16:15).