STATEMENT OF FAITH
WE BELIEVE in one true God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three distinct beings yet one in thought, intent, purpose and character. (John 5:7; John 1:1-3; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14).
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the revelation of His will and purpose for mankind and the ultimate authority for all areas of our life. (Matt. 24:35; II Tim. 3:16-17; Matt. 4:4; II Pet. 1:19-21).
WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, buried and resurrected. He ascended into Heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father and is true God and true man. (Matt. 1:23; I Cor. 15:3-4; Heb. 1:3; Acts 2:32-36).
WE BELIEVE that all are born sinners; the Holy Spirit convicts of sin; the Lord Jesus Christ paid the price for sin by shedding His precious blood on the cross as the atonement for sin; those who refuse to accept His sacrifice for their sins are eternally lost; those who repent of their sins, personally receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, receive forgiveness of sin and life everlasting. (Rom. 3:10, 23; Rom. 5:8, 12; John 3:16).
WE BELIEVE that upon accepting Jesus Christ as Savior water baptism should follow as it identifies us with the death and burial of Christ, and that we should arise to walk in newness of life. (Acts 2:38; Matt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6:3-9).
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is at work in the church today giving the inward power of God to believers, helping them to overcome sin, live a life of holiness, and do the will of God, and that believers should seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit and His gifts. (Gal. 5:16; Acts 2:39; I Cor. 14:2, 18; Acts 1:8; Jude 20; Acts 19:1-6).
WE BELIEVE that the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ provides healing for our spirit, soul and body. (Is. 53:4-5; I Peter 2:24; Matt. 8:16-17).
WE BELIEVE that we should obey Jesus' command to preach the gospel to all the world, making disciples of all the nations. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 1:8).
WE BELIEVE that the body of Christ is God's instrument to establish and extend His Kingdom until the literal second coming of Jesus Christ to reign over all the earth in power and glory as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Acts 1:8-11; I Thes. 4:16-17; Eph. 3:10-11).
WE BELIEVE that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Ps. 139:13; Is. 49:1; Jer. 1:5; Matt. 22:37-39; Rom. 12:20-21; Gal. 6:10).
WE BELIEVE that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as either male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
WE BELIEVE that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen. 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor. 6:18, 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
WE BELIEVE that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, cohabitation, or use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).
WE BELIEVE that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11).
WE BELIEVE that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of New Life Christian Fellowship.
Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of New Life Christian Fellowship’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Pastors and Elders are New Life Christian Fellowship’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s application.