Core Values for New Hope Fellowship
You have here the first edition by the Pastors of New Hope to lay out what are our
core values.  Why is that important?  Proverbs tells us that ". . .without a vision, the
people perish."  Without seeing and knowing who we are, where we are going, what
we are doing, what drives us, motivates us, gives us passion; if we don't understand
those things then we stand the chance of perishing (giving up, not going forward,
leaving).  What you have here is a compilation of ideas in what makes us, New Hope
Fellowship, tick.  These are our deepest beliefs; our foundation that we stand on.  
From these we build and grow into the entity that God plans for New Hope.  This is a
"living" document.  We realize that these values are NOT all inclusive, because we are
not perfect.  As we grow or as other values become evident, then we will consider
changes that should be made to this document.

Listed here you will find the core value stated, then an explanation with scripture
developing that core value.

1.  We believe that there is but one true and living God; Maker of heaven and earth
and all that is in them.  The Alpha and Omega, who ever was, and is and shall be,  and
Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

This core value helps us to put Him first, to honor Him in everything.  It leads us to
worship Him, to give our lives over to Him, to trust Him.  

“Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me.” Isaiah 43:10 (NKJV)

“…Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.’ ”
(Isaiah 44:8(NKJV)


2.  
We believe God is made up of Three Persons who have made Themselves very
personable to us.

a.  God is our Father.  His DNA runs in our veins.  

This core value causes us to expect to be like Him.

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness… 27 So
God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and
female He created them.” (Genesis 1:26-28 NKJV)

b.  Jesus is our Savior and our Lord.  He shed His blood on Calvary so that we could
be forgiven and cleansed and restored to His original purpose for man.  B/c of
Calvary, relationship with God has been restored.  Jesus now actually dwells within
us.  

This core value helps us remember that our sin has been removed from us and there
is now no separation between us and God.  It will help us to realize how close Jesus is
to us (right inside us!!)

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom
of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the
forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14 - NKJV)

“…Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 (NKJV)


c.  The Holy Spirit is our ever-faithful Teacher and Comforter, and the One who
empowers us to be kingdom people.

This core value teaches us to expect Him to speak into our lives, to always be
revealing new things to us, and to expect to see Him working through us to touch the
lives of others in supernatural ways.

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However,
when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not
speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you
things to come.” (John 16:12-13 - NKJV)

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall
be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the
earth.” Acts 1:8 (NKJV)


3.  We believe that the Bible is infallible, free of contradictions, and is the expressed
will of God for our lives. We believe that all teaching to be given in the church is to be
based on the Word of God. We are not to be hearers only, but doers of the Word.

This core value will lead us to apply the Word of God to our lives, even in those areas
that seem impossible to us.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us
realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to
do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good
work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT)

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  (Psalm 119:105 NKJV)

“For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will
last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. 24 As the
Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The
grass withers and the flower fades. 25 But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And
that word is the Good News that was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:23-25 - NLT)


4.  We believe in ministering to the Lord in Spirit-led worship.  We place high value on
joyous worship, honoring the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  

This core value keeps our focus where it needs to be.  Because our worship helps us
to magnify His name, His thoughts, and His ways, we can more easily understand life
from His perspective instead of a world perspective.

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father
in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and
those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24 (NKJV)

“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all
things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11 (NKJV)


5.  We believe and affirm that Christ is the head of New Hope Fellowship.  We are His
body on earth.

This core value reminds us that we are to walk in submission to Him at all times.  
Knowing that will help us when we are tempted to do things our own way.

“And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the
church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:22-23
NKJV)

“… Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, the
church is subject to Christ…”  (Ephesians 5:23-24 - NKJV)


6.  We believe Jesus made it possible for us to be born again as a new creation to be
like Him.  We are a people who were born with a sinful nature but have now been
offered salvation and eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.   
We believe that in every situation we find ourselves, it is our destiny for us to be
made more like Christ.

This core value helps us to pursue Christ-likeness.  It will also help us to expect to
see the life of Christ in us no matter what is happening in our lives.

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His
Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29 – NKJV)

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and
the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and
gave Himself for me.”  (Galatians 2:20 NKJV)


7.  We believe that the same power that worked within Jesus to raise Him from the
dead also works in us, that we might walk in holiness and righteousness. That power
is the presence of the Holy Spirit in us.  

This core value teaches us to expect His power to flow through us.  

“But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16
For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16 NLT)

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the
righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21 - NKJV)

“For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works
within me. Colossians 1:29 (NASB)


8.  We believe becoming like Jesus is not instantaneous but is the result of a process
of yielding to the work of God in us as He brings us into maturity and Christlikeness.  

This core value will help us to be patient as He changes us. It will help us believe that
He will accomplish this change in us because He says so.  It will also help us to be
patient with others while we are waiting for them to change.


“…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will
complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…” (Philippians 1:6 - NKJV)



9.  We believe that every member of the church has received gifts from The Holy Spirit
and that the practice of these gifts by every member will contribute much to the health
and growth of the church as a whole.  We purpose to create a safe, family atmosphere
which allows each person to practice His gifts without fear of making mistakes.

This core value gives us an expectation that each one of us is called to minister the
life of Christ to others, whether that ministry be performed from the pulpit or from the
pew.  It will also lead us to an expectation that God will use us outside the church
doors.

“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is
with the body of Christ…All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part
of it. (1 Corinthians 12:12, 27 - NLT)

“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special
work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and
full of love. (Ephesians 4:15-16 - NLT)


10.   We believe that love is the core value of God, because God is love. We are to
love God, and love one another.  We believe in making time during our worship
service to not only minister to the Lord, but also to minister to one another as the
Lord leads. We believe that love is the source of being able to do all else that He has
commanded us to do.  

This core value leads us to expect that the love of God will spring forth in our lives
because of His presence within us. We will find ourselves loving Him and one another
more and more as we come to know Him in the context of relationship with Him.

“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your
soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the
second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-39 - NKJV)

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12
- NKJV)

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love...And we have known and
believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides
in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:8;16 -NKJV)


11.   We believe that prayer and fasting is an integral part of our purpose and being.  

This core value keeps us close to Christ.  It also keeps us in the mode of seeking after
His heart for the direction of His church, for the sick, for those tormented by the devil,
and for the lost of our community and around the world.  

“And He said to them, ‘It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer…’”
Matthew 21:13 (NKJV)

“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me
Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Acts 13:2 (NKJV)

“So He said to them, ‘This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.’” Mark
9:29 (NKJV)


12.   We believe giving cheerfully is God’s plan to accomplish His purposes through
the church and to bless His people. We believe in helping the poor and needy among
us when they come to us for assistance.  We do this through financial aid and budget
counseling when needed.

This core value helps us to give joyfully to the work of God in His church and in the
lives of individual lives, knowing that He will provide all our needs as we walk in
obedience to Him in this area.

“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did
anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in
common…34Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were
possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that
were sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as
anyone had need. (Acts 4:32; 34-35 NKJV)

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows
bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his
heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able
to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all
things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NKJV)



13.   We believe in the importance of evangelism to win the lost. Jesus said we are to
go 1) to our own families and neighborhoods first, then 2) into our towns and cities,
and finally 3) into all the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. As we go, we are not
only to preach the gospel but to make disciples of all new believers, teaching them to
obey all that He has commanded us to do.  Our goal is to see others come into the
same obedient relationship of love with Him that we have entered into as born again
believers.

This core value will help us to remember that we are not to be content with just our
own relationship with Jesus Christ. He commanded us to reach out to the world
around us that they might know Him too.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV)

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall
be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the
earth.”  (Acts 1:8 NKJV)

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in
heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them
to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to
the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)


14.   We believe that miracles should be expected and looked for in all aspects of our
lives. Jesus has empowered us to do the same works Jesus did, and even greater
works.  We are made able to do those works only through an intimate relationship with
the Lord Jesus and His Spirit.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do
also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”  (John 14:12
- NKJV)

“…as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick,
cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely
give. (Matthew 10:7-8 - NKJV)

“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be
condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will
cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and
if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the
sick, and they will recover.”  (Mark 16:15-18 NKJV)
Guidelines:
- Every member of the body of Christ matters and has special gifting from
God

- Healthy churches grow

- The Bible is our guide book and  it is completely adequate

- Worship is active, not passive

- New Hope is not a pleasure cruise ship, but one that needs the resources of
all it's members in order to win Pahrump and see it become a "City of
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