What We Believe:
We hold to the traditional evangelical doctrines of: Scripture; God the Father; Jesus Christ, the Son of God; the Holy Spirit; Salvation, Human Destiny, and the Church. Our statement of faith is available at the church office.
We believe the Old Testament is to be interpreted in light of what transpires in the New Testament. We believe Jesus ushered in His New Covenant of Grace when He was crucified, raised from the dead, sat down at the right hand of God the Father and sent the Holy Spirit. When He said “it is finished,” we believe He did it all for us.
This requires that we understand some very important doctrine from God's Word. Living a victorious Christian life will not happen apart from a clear understanding of how God wants you to do it (Rom. 12:2)!
The Bible tells us that God loves us unconditionally and that we've received the riches of His grace (Eph. 2:6-7)! We possess all of these amazing grace riches because we are in Christ and have a new identity in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). We are new creations in Christ! At the moment you were saved, God gave you everything you need in order to live a godly life (2 Peter 1:3). Knowing who God has made you in Christ is foundational to your spiritual growth.
Therefore, here are some of the wonderful truths from God's Word that we focus on and teach at New Life In Christ that are a result of our new identity in Christ:
In Christ we have the total forgiveness of all of our sins - past, present, and future (Eph. 1:7, 4:32; Col. 2:13, 3:13). We don't need to ask Him to forgive us over and over again. Tragically, many Christians have this kind of relationship with God. They're constantly asking Him to forgive them when He's already done that for them at the cross! Our sins have been totally forgiven and our fellowship with Him is secure because we are in Christ!
In Christ we have the perfect righteousness of the Son of God (Rom. 3:21-24). We can't be made more righteous than we already are! All of our good works will not make us any more righteous than we became at the moment we were saved, when God gave us the perfect righteousness of His Son. We were declared totally righteous by God, the act of God that the Bible calls "our justification" (Rom. 4:25).
In Christ we have become children of God (John 1:12-13). This is the wonderful reality of our intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Unfortunately, because of bad teaching or a refusal to believe this truth, many Christians fear God and want to keep distant from Him. The great news for all of us is that God wants us to grow close to Him in a warm and loving personal relationship (Rom 8:15-16) .
In Christ we are totally accepted by God (Rom. 15:7). Many believers struggle with this. They find it very difficult to believe that with all of their faults, failures, and sins, God still accepts them. But He does! We are completely accepted by Him in Christ.
In Christ we have complete and total access to God. As God's children we can approach Him "with freedom and confidence" (Eph. 3:12). We all have equal access to Him. You don't need a bishop, priest, pastor, elder, etc. in order to have special access to God. Since Christ is our great High Priest and we are in Him, we have all the access to God we need - and even more!
Jesus Christ has set us free (John 8:36). He has freed us from sin and the law (Gal: 5:1). In our freedom we are now free to live as the Holy Spirit guides and leads us. God does not want you to live your Christian life by following the Mosaic Law or any other works-based systems devised by men (Rom. 7:4-6; Gal. 3:23-25).
Christ lives in us (Gal. 2:20; Col. 1:27). Because we are in Christ, He lives in every believer! Christ wants us to experience and enjoy a personal relationship with Him. How awesome is that! Christ gave his life for us, so He could give His life to us, in order to live His life through us.
We are eternally secure in Christ. We cannot lose our salvation (Rom. 8:31-39; Eph. 1:13-14). All of our sins were forgiven and we were declared righteous at the moment we were saved. Jesus dealt with the sin issue once and for all at the cross when He paid the penalty for our sins. Because He paid the penalty, we don't have to. Furthermore, we've been sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14). Those who believe that a person can somehow lose his or her salvation don't really understand and appreciate God's grace and power, and the new identity all believers have in Christ.
Jesus Christ has done it all for us! That's the beauty of grace. It makes it all about Him, not about us. He now invites us to rest in Him (Matt. 11:28-30) and the work He's done for us. We honor Him when we rest in Him.
At New Life In Christ we proclaim Jesus Christ and the gospel of God's grace. We want to help people live and experience the grace life. This is a life of freedom and victory that is found in Christ alone that God wants all of His children to enjoy. It is a life of peace and joy even in the midst of life's difficult circumstances. It is life that is increasingly transformed to be more and more like Christ. It is not a life of self-effort, struggling, striving, and law keeping in order to be accepted by God.
The grace life is a life that is lived and transformed the only way that works - under God's amazing grace! It's life at its very best that is experienced and enjoyed by resting in a wonderful relationship - a close and growing personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ where He lives His life in us, as us and through us!