What We Believe

 

Statement of Faith

Here at New Life Church, we believe…

The Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the ultimate source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
(2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21)

God (Trinity)
There is one God but He manifests in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal and co-eternal.
(1 John 5:7, Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19)

The Father
We believe in God the Father perfect in love, holiness, justice, and grace. We believe that He is all-knowing and all-powerful. We believe that He concerns himself with the lives of mankind and that He hears and answers our prayers, and that He offers salvation from sin and death through Jesus Christ.
(Luke 10:21-22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16, 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1-2, 2:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6)

Jesus, the Son
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return in power and glory.
(John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5).

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, co-equal with Jesus and the Father in the Godhead. We believe the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son, convicts the world of sin and promotes righteousness and judgment. The Holy Spirit is our omnipresent, omnipotent helper, comforter, and guide to all who believe in Jesus.
(John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26-27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26)

Man’s Fall
We believe man is a created being; made in the likeness and image of God. Through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world, and death was the result.
(Romans 3:23)

Redemption
Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God
(Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

Salvation
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts
(Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).

Water Baptism
Baptism in water by immersion is a direct commandment of our Lord for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
(Matthew 28:19, Acts 8:36-39, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12)

Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The baptism in the Holy Spirit, as promised by Jesus to all believers, is a gift received subsequent to new birth (salvation). The baptism in the Holy Spirit enables Christ followers to fully utilize public and private spiritual gifts for the furtherance of the Church and for personal spiritual growth. We believe the evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues.
(Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39; 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47; 11:15-17, 19:1-6; 1 Corinthians 14)

Sanctification
Salvation makes us righteous before God. Sanctification is the development of Christ’s character in us through an ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 12:14 tells us that “without holiness no one will see God.”
(1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; Hebrews 2:11)

The Church
We believe in the power and significance of the Church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together for fellowship, prayer, and the “breaking of bread.”
We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfill our role in the Church, and serve the community in which we live.
(Matthew 16:18-19, 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47, 5:11-14, 13:1-3, 14:23, 16:5, 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 3:10-12, 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18, 3:15; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3

Healing
Healing is for the physical, emotional, and mental ills of the human body. It is completed by the power of God through the prayer of faith and by the laying on of hands. Healing is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of every member of the Church today.
(Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:17, Mark 16:18, James 5:14-16, 1 Peter 2:24)

Resurrection and Rapture
We believe in the resurrection of the saints and rapture of the Church. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 says, “…the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

The Return of the Lord
Following the tribulation, we believe Jesus will physically and visibly return to Earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Revelation 20:6 tells us Jesus’ followers will reign with Him for a thousand years as kings and priests.
(Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)