New Hope Baptist Church is an independent missionary Baptist church whose teachings hinge on the fact that only God’s grace is what saves man from sin (Ephesians 2:8 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God); that once a man is saved, he is changed (Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them); and that God gives us a great promise (Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ).
Thirty two years ago, a small group of individuals felt God leading them to start what is now known as New Hope Baptist Church. The group called on the help of the late Bro. Walter Norman from Mt. Airy, NC, a great man of God who had started many churches in his lifetime. Bro. Delmus Crowe was called upon to help write the church’s by-laws, and in January 1980, New Hope Baptist Church was formed.
The first services for New Hope were held in the gymnasium of Alnwick Elementary School. The congregation met there twice on Sundays and held prayer meetings every Wednesday at the home of a different member each week. By the spring of 1980, the church had moved to an empty storefront on Broadway next to Murlin’s Music World, and had called the late Bro. Wallace Cable to be its first pastor. The following summer the fledgling church was able to move to its first semi-permanent home in an old store on Big Springs Road.
In 1981, the congregation broke ground on what is now the site of the church’s permanent home on Dotson Memorial Road. The original sanctuary seated approximately 100 people, but as time went on the church body realized there was not enough room for growth. By the winter of 1984 the church began construction on an expansion project that added 150 more seats and 7 new classrooms, under the leadership of Bros. Brooky Gray and Ronnie Steele. The church remained this way for several years until it became clear that it was growing too large to accommodate everyone desiring to worship. In April 2001, work began on a new addition, and on June 9, 2002 the first services were held in the new 500+ seat sanctuary. With the current leadership of Pastor Michael Parker, New Hope is continuing to grow for the Lord.
The best way to discover who we are as a church is to come visit us. Pastor Mike conducts periodic informal “All About New Hope” meetings (see News & Events) for those who want to learn more about New Hope or might be interested in joining New Hope. Topics include Church doctrine, covenant, bylaws, missions, church’s vision, and other general information
What We Believe
We believe that the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, is supernaturally inspired, in the original manuscripts and preserved by God, so that it is a divine authoritative standard for every age and every life (Matthew 5:18; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe in one God that eternally exists and reveals Himself in three persons – Father, Son, Holy Spirit – having each the same nature, attributes and perfections, worthy of the same worship and confidence. (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; John 1: 1-2, 14, 10:30, 14:15-17; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
We believe in God as absolute and sole Creator and Sustainer of the universe, and that creation was by divine command, from nothing and not through an evolutionary process. (John 1: 3, 10; Acts 17:24-25; Genesis 1:1).
We believe that God, by His sovereign choice and out of love for men, sent Christ into the world to save sinners (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 1:15: 1 John 4:14).
God The Son
We believe that Jesus Christ was fully God in the flesh and fully man, that He was born of a virgin and that He lived a sinless life, in which He taught and performed mighty works and wonders and signs exactly as revealed in the four gospels. We believe that He was crucified, shed His blood, died to pay the penalty for our sins and was raised bodily from the dead on the third day. Forty days later He ascended to the Father’s right hand where He is Head of the Church and intercedes for believers. From there He is coming again personally, bodily and visibly to this earth to set up His millennial kingdom. (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Hebrews 1:1-2, 7:25; Luke 1:30-35; Ephesians 4:8; John 1:1-5, 10-14, 14:3; Colossians 2:9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:3, 11; Revelation 20:4).
God The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and is God, possessing all the divine attributes. He convicts of sin, regenerates, indwells, baptizes and seals all believers at the moment of their salvation, filling them in response with the goal of conforming them to the image of Christ. (John 3:5, 16:7-11; Acts 5:3-4; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30, 5:18; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:13).
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God. We believe that all men are morally corrupt, and of themselves utterly unable to remedy their lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 1:18, 3:23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
We believe that salvation is a gift of God and is received by man through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. We believe that man is justified by grace through faith apart from works and that all true believers, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever. (Acts 13:38-39; Romans 4:5, 6:23, 8:1,38-39; John 10:27-29; Ephesians 2:8-9).
We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit through saving faith in Jesus Christ; that they are united together in the body of Christ of which He is Lord and Head; and are commissioned for the God-given tasks of worshiping, fellowship, teaching, evangelizing and exercising the spiritual gifts. (Acts 2:42,47; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:23-24; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2).
We believe that the establishment and continuance of the local church is clearly taught in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
We believe that the local church is autonomous and free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4, 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9,16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4).