What We Believe
We believe that God eternally exists as three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; each is fully God, and there is one God.
We believe that the Son of God took on human flesh, born Jesus, to the virgin Mary in Bethlehem. Always fully God, he also became fully man, lived a sinless life, died as a substitute for sinners, and rose from the dead to conquer sin and death. He is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, building His church, interceding for the saints, and advocating for the saved.
We believe that God created men and women in His own image, historically as Adam and Eve, who in their own free will rebelled against God. As a result, God cursed the created order, and sin is transmitted to all men (except Jesus), who in their unregenerate state are totally dead in their trespasses and subject to the power of the devil. In other words, as Jesus said, "no one can come to Me unless the Father who sent me draws him."
When the Lord draws a person, he or she is made aware of the magnitude and horribleness of their sin, and furthermore that no good works, efforts, pledges, feelings, allegiances, or resolutions can acquit a sinner before a holy and righteous God. Therefore, hearing the gospel, they cast all their hope upon the free gift of salvation through Christ alone by faith alone through grace alone. Trusting fully in Christ alone, and in nothing else that one can add or bring, they are born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. In that moment, this person immediately out of spiritual death into spiritual life, and from the old creation into the new; being washed white of all sins, past, present, and future, and accepted before the Father just as Christ His Son is accepted, loved as Christ is loved, and having a place and portion in Him forever. As soon as he or she is saved, they are in possession of every spiritual blessing, and absolutely complete in Christ.
We believe that in God's eternal purpose, He graciously chose some people before the foundation of the world to experience all of the above. This choosing, otherwise known as election, was not based on any good they would do, but only on His sovereign mercy and pleasure. God's electing grace does not diminish people's accountability before God and is perfectly compatible with man's responsibility to believe in Christ. This doctrine of election extinguishes boasting, grants assurance, cultivates humility, encourages prayer, fuels evangelism, and brings peace to the heart of the children of God.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that God the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth proceeding from Father and Son to carry out God's plan of redemption. His primary ministry is to exalt the Son, by awakening the spiritually dead, converting, sealing, and indwelling believers. He then distributes spiritual gifts, empowers, sanctifies, and illumines the Word of God to them. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and restrains evil according to the will of God.
Concerning spiritual gifts, the leadership of New Life Church does not advocate as normative for the church the so-called "sign gifts" (e.g. tongues) and rejects any teaching of a "second blessing", or a second work of grace by the Holy Spirit subsequent to conversion.
We believe that the 66 books of the Bible are the final authority for the church, wherein the very words of God were written through the personalities of men. We affirm that the Scriptures are totally sufficient and trustworthy, completely free from error in their original writings.
We believe that the one true church consist of all believers drawn from every tribe, language, people, and nation throughout all the ages, visible in the assemblies of local churches worldwide. Local churches are marked by the regular convening of a group of believers under the authority of the elders, for the purpose of making disciples, fellowship, mutual correction, encouragement, and to be a light to the nations. Churches sit under the preaching and teaching of the world, observance the sacraments, and gather regularly.
The Lord's Supper
Jesus prescribed these two ordinances for the practice of the church until His return. Baptism is the delightful duty of new believers: a public act and profession of new life, symbolizing the death of our old selves and the raising of our new selves. New Life Church practices baptism by immersion into water.
The Lord's Supper is a memorial to Christ, wherein the church regularly eats bread and drinks wine, symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. We soundly reject the teaching of any supernatural transformation of the elements during communion; it is simply a memorial meal—a time to ponder the Cross, and examine oneself before God.
We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of society. Families are composed of people related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenantal commitment for a lifetime.
The End IS NEAR
New Life Church leadership holds to a view of end times known as premillenialism, which means that Christ will return to physically reign on Earth for 1,000 years, preceeded by a period of near-worldwide rebellion against God, and followed by the final judgment of all men and women, where those who belong to Jesus will enter into eternal life with Him in the New Heaven and New Earth. Those whom He does not know will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, to pay for their own sins, and so physically suffer an eternal, conscious torment.