Beliefs

Statement of Beliefs

God

There is only One God! Always has been—always will be. The One God is relational in His being which helps explain why he created people and desires a relationship with us. God has revealed himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (three), but yet He only claims to be One. This is commonly called the Trinity.

The Bible

The Books of the Old Testament and the New Testament are inspired by God and are fully reliable and serve as our instruction manual for life and we should do our best to follow the precepts revealed in them.

Creation

God created the world out of nothing. He is not the creation, but He is present everywhere in creation.

Sin

God created people in His own image (the ability to communicate, reason, make decisions, love), but the first humans rebelled against God (that’s called Sin) and this act welcomed evil and death into the world and now all people are disconnected from God and deeply flawed and in need of rescue and renovation.

Jesus

Good News! Jesus came to rescue us! Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit in regards to his Human Nature, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a perfect life, performed many miracles and died on a cross. Jesus died in our place, taking the punishment for our wrongdoing and rebellion. Because he is divine as well as human, He was resurrected physically the Sunday morning following his death. He has returned to Heaven and is now our advocate before God the Father.

The Holy Spirit

But even though Jesus left, he said he would send someone to be with us. The Holy Spirit has been sent to give new life to us, to transform us, and to empower us to do God’s work on earth. He is our counselor, comforter and teacher and He convicts us of sin and confirms that we are the Children of God. The Holy Spirit transforms us so that we reflect the character of Jesus and He empowers us with gifts to serve the church and the world.

Salvation

Humans are saved because of the work of Jesus on the cross. We get credit for his perfect life and for him taking our punishment on the cross. Because of what Jesus did, we can be restored to a relationship with God and live forever with him. This is a gift (Grace) of God. No one deserves it! No one can earn it! But we do need to turn away from evil, ask God’s forgiveness for the wrong that we have done, and place our trust in what He has done.

Baptism

After we repent (turn away from evil and turn toward God) and place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and what he has done for us, we should be baptized publicly by immersion in water . . . in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

There is another baptism in the Bible. The Lord Jesus Christ baptizes those who follow him with the Holy Spirit. This is called the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This baptism empowers the believer to serve the Lord and provides the believer with gifts to serve the Body of Christ.

Communion

Each month, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper (communion, Eucharist). Before we eat and drink, we should examine ourselves and ask for forgiveness for anything that offends the Lord. The elements of communion (cup and bread) are symbols of Christ’s body and blood and are useful in building up our faith in the Lord Jesus. The Communion Celebration should be treated reverently.

Death

When those who have placed their faith in Jesus die, their souls immediately enter into the presence of God, enjoying conscious fellowship with Him, there to await the resurrection, when they will receive a new physical body.

Christ’s Return

Jesus Christ will return to transform all creation into what it was meant to be. He will judge both the living and the dead and will separate both the redeemed and the lost, assigning those who rejected Him to eternal punishment and those who follow Him to eternal life.

Baptism

At New Life, baptism is celebrated once a quarter as part of our normal Sunday service. We baptize by complete immersion in order to be obedient to the ordinances set forth by Jesus Christ. The meaning of “Baptize” in the original language means, “to dip, plunge, or immerse.” Immersion best represents burial and resurrection. (John 3:23a). Baptism is very significant. It represents a cleansing from sin, death to self and resurrection into new life, and union with Christ and the Church.

Membership

At New Life, we believe that it is vital for a believer to be connected to the local church – not because it secures eternal life, but because it formally announces membership in a family. The individual believer commits to the local church (family) and the family commits to the individual. Before the Apostle Paul (through the Spirit of God) got a hold of membership, it just meant a part of a body like a finger or toe. God gave Paul special insight into this and Paul applied it to believers. He understood that each individual believer brings their own gifts and talents and value to the local church. A toe isn’t much good without a body and a body needs a toe. We need each other!

At New Life, commitment to the family through membership includes the following:
-Receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior
-Being Baptized according to scripture
-Completing the New Life Basics Class
-Agreeing with New Life’s Statement of Beliefs

And then…continuing in the family by:
-Protecting our unity
-Sharing in the responsibilities
-Serving one another in our ministries
-Supporting our testimony by living Christ-like lives
-Joining together regularly for worship and fellowship