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We Believe...

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...in one God, creator of all things, who eternally exists in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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...in Jesus Christ, God Incarnate—fully God and fully human—who alone paid the atoning sacrifice for our sins by dying on the cross, and offers salvation through His resurrection.

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...in the Holy Spirit, who dwells with us, and continually guides, convicts, regenerates, instructs, empowers and gifts the believer for Godly living and service.

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...in the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the infallible Word of God and the product of Holy Spirit-inspired authors. The Bible is complete revelation of God's will for salvation, the truth without error in the original writings.

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...that humankind—both male and female—is created in the image and likeness of God. Though created righteous and moral, we fell into sin and inherited a sinful nature which separates us from God.

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...that salvation is a free gift from God, by God's grace, received by placing faith in Jesus Christ. God calls us and we respond in obedience.

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...that all true believers who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ are assured of their salvation.

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...that the enemy, Satan, is both real and personal—that he is the originator of sin is ceaselessly and ruthlessly attempting to destroy God's church and thwart God's plan for the world. Yet, Satan has already been defeated at the cross of Christ and will at the end of age, be defeated once and for all. 

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...that the local church exists to help people know and glory God, to make believers mature in their faith, to empower and unleash all believers in the church for the work of ministry.

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...that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are the two sacraments of the church to be observed until the time of Christ's return. They are not a means of salvation but are a sign and seal of God's sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ Jesus

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...in the equality and essential dignity of men and women of all races in classes. We believe in the family, celibacy in singleness and faithfulness in heterosexual marriage as the patterns God designed for us.

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...that when the Christian dies, they pass immediately into the presence of Christ to enjoy conscious fellowship with the Savior as they await the resurrection and glorious transformation of the body. We also believe that when the unbeliever dies, they are consigned to Hades where they await the Day of Judgment when they will be punished with eternal separation from the presence of God.

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...that Jesus Christ will return, in bodily form and take His people to Himself to spend eternity in heaven.  His return is imminent, and this gives hope to all believers.

*To view New Life's full Statement of Faith with supporting Scripture references, click here.

Statement on Christian Unity

New Life Community Church, is a part of a denomination of churches affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. The basic doctrinal beliefs of the Reformed Church in America can be viewed online at http://www.rca.org/ 

 

While denominational ties and a shared theology can be very important to a local church’s identity, the call to be in mission partnership with the Holy Spirit is the highest value in proclaiming the lordship of Jesus Christ to a fallen, broken yet valuable world. In light of this value, as New Life humbly identifies with and stands in its historical and theological heritage, but also invites participation and membership of people who come from other orthodox Christian traditions. God has called us to bear witness to the sure foundations of the faith, but not to break fellowship with other Christians who hold slightly different understandings. 

 

In the words of Martin Luther: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity". 

  • In Essentials – Unity (Ephesians 4:4-6  "There is one body and one Spirit - just as you were called to one hope when you were called - one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.") 

  • In Non-essentials – Liberty (Romans 14: 1, 4, 12 "Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.  Who are you to judge someone else's servant?  To his own master he stands or falls.  And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.")

  • In All Things - Charity (I Corinthians 13:2  "If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing."). What this means practically, without compromising the truth of Scripture, is as follows:

 

Anyone who comes from an orthodox Christian tradition, who confesses Jesus Christ as Lord, is welcome to participate in the mission and membership of New Life Community Church.

 

On any teaching that is non-essential to salvation, anyone who holds a viable orthodox Christian interpretation that differs from the historic Reformed interpretation of that teaching is welcome to participate in the mission and membership of New Life Community Church.