Statement of Faith
The Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It alone is the final supreme source of truth in determining all doctrinal truths. It is infallible and without error.
(2 Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).
One True God (Trinity)
There is one God, creator and ruler of the universe, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal.
(John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father through Holy Spirit, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for all people. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to heaven, and will return again to reign as King.
(John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5)
Originally created to be in fellowship with God, at the very beginning humanity defied Him by going their own independent way, resulting in alienation from Him and the innate ability to please God. Since then all humanity has been in need of redemption which can only be obtained in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
(Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not as 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)
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation.
(Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9)
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential
(John 6:44, 65; Matthew 19:28; Titus 3:5)
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through this process that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
(Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11)
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth.
(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)
All who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are united with Him as members of His Body the Church. Scripture commands believers to gather for worship; prayer and fellowship; the teaching of God’s Word; to observe the Ordinances and to offer service to the Body through the development and use of talents and gifts. The local expression of the Church is wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command. Church members are to work together in love and unity for the ultimate goal of accomplishing God’s purposes.
(Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23)
Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48)
The Lord's Supper: Is a unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and fruit of the vine are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross.
(Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4).
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return the second time to judge all humanity. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures.
(Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)
This article is the doctrinal statement of New Life Christian Church.
It is not exhaustive, nor does it elaborate on our points of doctrine, but rather focuses on issues that are essentials to finding and experiencing life with God through the person and work of Jesus Christ.