What We Believe

New Life Church is a Christian Church

 

We believe in Jesus Christ as being the truest revelation of God, that he was fully God and fully human, and that we owe our existence as a church to Him. We have discovered that life is better knowing Him personally and we strive to live our lives as he leads us.

Our church affirms all the historical creeds and councils of the early church, particularly the Nicene Creed.

New Life Church is a Church of the Nazarene.

 

What does this mean?

One of the founders of the Church of the Nazarene, a man named Phineas F. Bresee, came up with the name. It comes right out of Scripture, out of John 1:43-46. Jesus was from a little, insignificant town called Nazareth… the kind of town nobody important every cared about. When Jesus began calling his disciples, he called a man named Philip, who became very excited that he met the Messiah. He ran to his friend named Nathaniel and told him about Jesus, from Nazareth. Philip responded, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” 

Nathaniel judged Jesus based on simply him being from a town full of “insignificant” people… people nobody every cared about… people who didn’t really matter. The story goes on and Nathaniel realizes Jesus actually is the most important person to ever walk the earth. But That’s what Mr. Bresee really wanted to communicate with our name: We are a church that cares about the “insignificant,” the “unimportant,” the ones people might say, “could anything good come out of them?” It’s just these kind of people Jesus calls his followers to love.

What kind of church is the Church of the Nazarene?

 

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We are a Wesleyan-holiness church. We are Wesleyan in that we are greatly influenced by the work and writings of the 18th century Anglican Minister, John Wesley. Wesley taught that there is more to faith than simply membership in a church–that we Christians are called to live a life that is continually formed by the grace of God, and we ought to live that life together.

We are a holiness church in that we are committed to being “God’s kind of people.” God has called the church to be his people, and to be a people that is like Him. Thus, we strive to be Christ-like as best we can, and we believe the Holy Spirit works in our hearts to make us like Jesus Christ.

Agreed Statement of Belief

These are the beliefs Nazarenes hold to be true:

We believe in one God-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by full inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.

We believe that all people are born with a fallen nature, and are, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.

We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.

We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.

We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.

We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.

For more information on our beliefs and core values, see these links:

See our core values.

See our articles of faith.