Beliefs

Learn what New Beginnings believes about theological issues.

What does New Beginnings believe?

Theology is the study of God or, more generally the study of religious faith, practice, and experience. At New Beginnings we believe that there are three tiers of theological beliefs. It is important to understand that not every disciple agrees which theology belongs in which tier.

First tier theologies are the essentials of the historic Christian faith. The truths espoused in the first tier are critical for faith and cannot be compromised. Each of the truths in the first tier are biblically based and indispensible to the Christian faith. To fail to believe first tier essential truths will jeopardize one’s faith and relationship with God.

Second tier theologies are important as well, yet may not jeopardize one’s faith and relationship with God. However, these issues are important enough to the adherent that they may choose to worship at a different church with adherents who agree with their theology.

Third tier theologies have some importance but fellow members can agree to disagree on third tier issues and continue to worship together with out reservation.

God is bigger & better than I can imagine or understand.

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal 

Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. 

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of 
the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all 
loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men. 

Gen. 1:12:7Ex. 3:146:2-315:11 ff.; 20:1 ff.; Lev. 22:2Deut. 6:432:6Psalm 19:1-3;Isa. 43:31564:8Jer. 10:1017:13Matt. 6:9 ff.; 7:1123:928:19
Mark 1:9-11John 4:245:2614:6-1317:1-8Acts 1:7Rom. 8:14-151 Cor. 8:6Galatians 4:6Eph. 4:6Col. 1:151 Tim. 1:17Heb. 11:612:91 Peter 1:171 John 5:7

JESUS - Jesus is God showing Himself to us.

In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.

He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, partaking of the nature of God and of man, and in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

Gen. 18:1 ff.; Psalm 2:7 ff.; 110:1 ff.; Isa. 7:1453Matt. 1:18-233:178:2911:2714:3316:162717:527;28:1-619Mark 1:13:11Luke 1:354:4122:7024:46John 1:1-182910:303811:25-2712:44-5014:7- 1116:15-162817:1-521-2220:1-2028Acts 1:92:22- 247:55-569:4-520Rom. 1:3-43:23-265:6-21;8:1-33410:41 Cor. 1:302:28:615:1-824-282 Cor. 5:19- 21Gal. 4:4-5Eph. 1:203:114:7-10Phil. 2:5-11Col. 1:13-222:91 Thess. 4:14-181 Tim. 2:5-63:16Titus 2:13-14Heb. 1:1-34:14-157:14-289:12-15,24-2812:213:81 Peter 2:21-253:221John 1:7-93:24:14-155:92 John 7-9Rev. 1:13-165:9-1412:10-1113:819:16

HOLY SPIRIT - God lives in and through me now.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the assurance of God to bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

Gen. 1:2Judg. 14:6Job 26:13Psalm 51:11139:7 ff.; Isa. 61:1-3Joel 2:28-32Matt. 1:183:164:112:28-32;28:19Mark 1:1012Luke 1:354:118-1911:1312:1224:49John 4:2414:16-172615:2616:7-14Acts 1:82:1-4384:315:36:37:558:173910:4413:215:2816:619:1-6Rom. 8:9-1114-1626-271 Cor. 2:10- 143:1612:3-11Gal. 4:6Eph. 1:13-144:305:181 Thess. 5:191 Tim. 3:164:12 Tim. 1:143:16Heb. 9:8142 Peter 1:211 John 4:135:6-7Rev. 1:1022:17

Bible - The Bible is God’s in errant guidebook for life.

Biblical inerrancy means that the original biblical text was composed precisely as God inspired it and intended it to be because of God's flawlessness: not just the thought comes from God, but every word with every inflection, every verse and line, and every tense of the verb, every number of the noun, and every little particle are regarded as coming from God. God inspired the authors of the Bible so that they wrote texts that were free of error. Biblical books were free of error in their original autograph copies -- the copies that the authors or authors' scribes themselves wrote down. This allows for minor copying errors to creep into subsequent copies of the original documents by copyist error. However, the errors are minor and never dilute the original intent of the author. Scripture is 'God-breathed,' and God does not breathe falsehood, so the text is faithful and true in all it affirms, including the miracle accounts, the attributed authors, and the historical narratives.

2Tim. 3:16-17Hebrews 4:12Deuteronomy 6:911:20Psalms 40:7Revelation 22:19Psalm 119:9-11;Isaiah 34:16Nehemiah 8:3Galatians 3:10Deuteronomy 31:11-13Joshua 8:33-352 Kings 23:22 Chronicles 17:7-9Nehemiah 8:5,68Exodus 24:7Deuteronomy 27:12-26Luke 4:16-27;24:27,45Acts 17:11John 5:39;7:52Romans 1:22 Timothy 3:15Psalms 1:2Isaiah 30:9Romans 3:21 Peter 4:111 Corinthians 15:3Daniel 10:21Ephesians 6:17James 1:21-231 Peter 2:2Luke 11:28Colossians 3:16;Philippians 2:162 Timothy 2:15James 1:18Matthew 13:3-8,18-23,37,38Mark 4:3-20,26-32Luke 8:5-15

Humanity - God’s image bearers are fallen due to sin but can be restored by God’s grace

Humanity was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by His Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence; whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin, and as soon as they are capable of moral action become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Gen. 1:26-302:5718-2239:6; Psalm 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isa. 6:5Jer. 17:5Matt. 16:26Acts 17:26- 31;Rom. 1:19-323:10-18235:612196:67:14-258:14-18291 Cor. 1:21-3115:1921-22Eph. 2:1-22Col. 1:21-223:9-11

Salvation - God’s grace is the only way to have a relationship with God for now and eternity.

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole human, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.

Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.

Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God.

Sanctification - God’s will is for us to grow in Christlikeness.Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.

Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

Gen. 3:15Ex. 3:14-176:2-8Matt. 1:214:1716:21-2627:22 to 28:6; Luke 1:68-692:28-32John 1:11-1429;3:3-21365:2410:928-2915:1-1617:17Acts 2:214:1215:1116:30-3117:30-3120:32Rom. 1:16-18;2:43:23-254:3 ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18, 29-39; 10:9-10, 13; 13:11-14; 1 Cor. 1:18306:19-2015:102 Cor. 5:17- 20Gal. 2:203:135:22-256:15Eph. 1:72:8-224:11-16Phil. 2:12-13Col. 1:9-223:1 ff.; 1 Thess. 5:23-242 Tim. 1:12Titus 2:11-14Heb. 2:1-35:8-99:24-2811:1 - 12:814James 2:14-261 Peter 1:2-231 John 1:6 to 2:11; Rev. 3:2021:1 to 22:5.

ETERNAL SECURITY - Can a person lose their salvation?

An enormous gulf between the invisible, infinite God and finite, fallible humanity makes the quest for assurance and security a very significant theological issue. Slogans such as “once saved, always saved,” and “eternal security” often easily gains a reverential status among people who believe in them. Indeed, it comes as a shock to them when they discover that their symbols are not actually biblical terms.

However, the Bible does teach that salvation does not depend upon human effort. Rather, the bible teaches that God is the author of salvation
(2 Corinthians 5: 18-19John 3:16)

God makes sinners righteous and treats them as acceptable if they receive Christ in faith. 
(Romans 3:21-26)

No one can earn assurance or security with God. Assurance of salvation is God's gift! Security does not come by any human effort (giving money, papal absolutions, church attendance, baptism, good works, reciting Scripture, communion, performances of penance, etc.). God “who has begun the work of salvation” in Christians also provides the necessary assurance to bring His work to its completion in the day of Christ.
(Philippians 1:6)

God in Christ protects and keeps Christians just as Jesus took seriously the task of preserving the disciples while He was on earth. We do not possess the strength to secure ourselves (John 10:27-292 Thessalonians 3:3John 17:12-15)

The biblical view of security, however, is probably best epitomized in the Christian doctrine of perseverance. Christians must realize that their security does not lie in a fairy-tale approach to life where once a person becomes a Christian everything is a happy bed of roses forever and ever. Such a view fails to take seriously the traumas of human life (Ephesians 6:18Hebrews 12:1-2)

The biblical view of assurance or security is rooted in the conviction that when Jesus departed from the disciples, the Lord did not orphan them or leave them without support. He promised Christians that he would come to them and would provide them with a companion Spirit (the Comforter or Paraclete) who would not only be at their side but would be within them, as much a part of them as their very breath . The Spirit would be their sense of peace and security, their witness concerning Jesus, their attorney with the world, and their guide or teacher into all truth.
(John 14:16-18John 15:26-27John 16:8-15)

Along with great promises of assurance, the Bible contains strong warnings that call Christians to consistent living, even as they have yielded to temptations and sin and capitulated to the hostile forces of evil. These and many other warnings in the Bible are not merely phantom warnings unrelated to Christian life. They are meant to be taken with great seriousness. They are no more a game with God than was the death of Christ.
(1 Corinthians 10:1-12Hebrews 2:1-3Hebrews 3:12-19Hebrews 6:1-8Hebrews 10:26-31;James 5:19-20)

These warnings appear in the New Testament within clear statements reminding believers that temptation is accompanied by God's presence. Christians are expected to resist temptations and flee ungodly activity. Evil patterns of life are inconsistent with Christian transformation. The writers of the New Testament were convinced that Christians would heed these warnings and resist the devil. It is virtually unthinkable for a Christian to do otherwise. The Christian is anchored to the person of God. Evil has to be dealt with. The Christian can find in God an enduring security for the soul. Such is the meaning ofHebrews 6:17-20. God's consistency is the basis for a Christian's security in the midst of the world's traumas.
(1 Corinthians 10:13-14James 4:71 Peter 5:7Hebrews 6:17)

The security of the believer is not merely focused upon this life on earth. It has a dynamic focus on the life-to-come. The New Testament writers are convinced that a Christian will take very seriously the warnings in this life because this life is related to the life with Christ in heaven. The Christian, therefore, is expected to persevere to the end. 
(1 Peter 1:51 John 5:18Revelation 3:10)

The confidence or secure sense of the believer with respect to the life hereafter is rooted in the united witness of the New Testament writers that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the hinge point of the Christian faith. In raising His Son Jesus, God provided Christians with the sign of the destinies and the basis for their security. Without the resurrection, the Christian proclamation would be empty. Moreover, in the coming of the Holy Spirit, God provided the guarantee of our marvelous relationship with God. In our identity with Adam, humanity experienced lostness and death; but as we identify with the ultimate power of Christ in the resurrection, we, too, shall experience the effective meaning of the security of the believer in the triumph of God. 
(1 Corinthians 15:142 Corinthians 1:221 Corinthians 15:20-28)

Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER'". "Holman Bible Dictionary”. 1991.

Afterlife - Death is not the end but the beginning. Heaven and hell are real places.

Heaven is the dwelling place of God and for those who go there a place of everlasting bliss. Exact specifics of heaven and hell remain unknown since the exact nature of heaven and hell cannot be known, it is tempting to ascribe some descriptions as allegorical or metaphorical.

Psalm 16:11John 14:1-3Philippians 3:20-21; Revelation 21; Matt. 5:20Matt. 25:34Gal. 5:21;Eph. 5:5Neh. 9:6Job 38:7Psalm 103:20-21Psalm 148:2-4Isa. 6:3Ezek. 3:12Luke 2:13-14;Luke 15:10Rev. 1:6Rev. 4:8-11Rev. 5:9-14Rev. 7:9-12Rev. 11:16-17Rev. 14:2-3Rev. 15:3-4Rev. 19:1-7Rev. 22:3 20-27

Hell is the future place of eternal punishment of the damned including the devil and his fallen angels. There are several words in scripture rendered as Hell: Hades - A Greek word. It is the place of the dead, the location of the person between death and resurrection. Gehenna - A Greek word. It was the place where dead bodies were dumped and burned. Jesus used “Gehenna” to designate the place of eternal torment. Sheol - A Hebrew word. It is the place of the dead, not necessarily the grave, but the place the dead go to. It is used of both the righteous and the wicked. Hell is a place of eternal fire. It was prepared for the devil and his angels and will be the abode of the wicked and the fallen angels.

Matt. 11:2316:18Acts 11:271 Cor. 15:55Rev. 1:186:82 Kings 23:13-14Matt. 5:2229,30;Mark 9:43Luke 12:5Psalm 16:1030:3Isaiah 38:10Num. 16:33Job. 24:19Psalm 9:17;Matt. 25:41Rev. 19:20Matt. 25:41Rev. 22:82 Pet. 2:4

The Church - The only true world ‘superpower’ is the church. It will last forever.

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, committed to His teachings, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. This church is an autonomous body, operating through democratic processes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In such a congregation members are equally responsible. Its Scriptural officers are pastors/elders and deacons. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages.

Matt. 16:15-1918:15-20Acts 2:41-42475:11-146:3-613:1-314:232715:1-3016:520:28Rom. 1:71 Cor. 1:23:165:4-57:179:13-1412Eph. 1:22-232:19-223:8-11215:22-32Phil. 1:1Col. 1:181 Tim. 3:1-154:141Peter 5:1-4; Rev. 2-3; 21:2-3

Prayer - Prayer can do anything God can do.

Prayer is much more than simply talking to God. Prayer is communicating with God. The bible tells us to be “faithful in prayer.” At New Beginnings we desire for every member to be faithful to prayer, personal private prayer, public prayer, small group prayer Having the right attitude is very important in prayer. The bible tells us that being authentic in prayer is essential. We don’t pray to impress others or impress God, but to express many things to God. Jesus modeled prayer for us in Matthew 5. Jesus showed us how to utilize prayer to express His love for God. He pattern prayers of:

Adoration – Praising God for Who He is, extolling His perfect character, nature, and virtues.
Thanksgiving – Praising God for what He has done. Jesus showed us how to utilize prayer to express God’s will purposes. 
Supplication - We ask God to supply our needs. We pray for God’s will to be done in our personal lives, in our family, in our church, in our ministry, in our jobs, in our country. Jesus utilized prayer to ask God to provide for our needs. Rick Warren remind us that we should focus on our “needs” and not on our “greeds,” Jesus showed us how to ask for spiritual protection.
Confession - Jesus showed us how we should ask God to forgive us so we can remain in fellowship with Him. When we confess our sin and ask God for forgiveness: We must ask the Holy Spirit to reveal every sin. We must confess each sin specifically. We must make restitution to others when necessary. We must, by faith, accept God’s forgiveness. He pattern prayers of Intersession. Jesus showed us how to prayer for others. We must pray for and offer forgiveness for anyone who has wronged us. We also must pray on the behalf of others: our leaders, our neighbors, our friends, and our enemies.

Phil. 4:6-7Romans 12:12Matthew 6:5-8Matthew 6:9-151John 1:91John 5:14-15John 16:24John 15:5

Second Coming - Jesus is coming again to judge the world and gather His children.

The views among individual Christians regarding the end times are broad. There are a number of things the bible teaches about the Second Coming of Christ:

1. Jesus is coming again. The first coming of Christ was His incarnation when He was born. At the Second Coming of Christ every eye will see Him as He descends from heavens in the clouds.
2. No one knows when the Second Coming of Christ will happen. Because this event is so sensational, Christianity plagued by many false teachings. Prediction books have even been written picking the exact day of Jesus' return. These books may sell many copies, but they mislead their readers. There's one guarantee: As soon as someone predicts the day or time of Jesus Christ's second coming, that prediction is wrong. Why? Simply, only God the Father knows when it will be -- Jesus doesn't even know. Jesus told His disciples: "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36)
3. Jesus Second Coming will be instant. Jesus wants us to "keep watch." No one but the Father knows when. However, we do know it will take place "as lightning." (Matthew 24:27) Jesus will physically come again for all His believers and for His final judgment. The Bible declares that Jesus will be the final judge of the world. As we get closer and closer to the Second Coming of Christ, there will be increasing and widespread doubt about whether Jesus even existed. People will also start wondering if God really exists and believers will leave the Christian . These are signs of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

1Thess. 4:16Revelation 1:7Matthew 24:30Mark 14:6John 5:22Acts 10:422Timothy 4:1Acts 17:31;1Thessalonians 4:13-5:1;-1; Hebrews 10:27; (2 Thessalonians 2:1-41 Timothy 4:1-2, and 2 Peter 2:1-3