About Us

 

Our Vision

Love God, Love People – Nothing Else Matters

Jesus gave us a command to, “…go into all the world and make disciples…” We believe that by making disciples we will be building strong people that will make a difference in this world.

The church, like any organization, needs to know why it exists. Every church needs a vision. Having a clear vision allows the church to experiecne fulfilling and productive ministry. We believe God has planted our church in Gardner to make a spiritual and physical impact in the community. For that to happen, the individual members of our church must be maturing in their relationships with Christ and serving Him passionately by using their gifts and talents both in the church and the community.

We believe that it is the responsibility of the church and all of its members to share the Gospel with unbelievers in order to lead them to a relationship with Christ. If everyone is doing their part the church will have a constant inflow of new believers, and the kingdom of God will be growing.

Our Mission

New Life Community Church follows the “Purpose Driven Church” model. Our church is “driven” by five purposes:

Worship – Matthew 22:36-40
Fellowship – Matthew 22:36-40
Discipleship – Luke 19:10
Evangelism – Matthew 28:18-20
Service – Matthew 20:26

Every church is “driven” by something. For some churches it’s tradition, for other’s it’s individual personalities or politics. We want to follow a biblical pattern and have a purpose behind everything we do. We want to be “driven” by the Word of God.

We are striving to be a balanced church that enjoys dynamic types of worship as well as going into the community to serve and evangelize. We want to have fun times of fellowship, as well as intimate times of discipleship, learning to become more like Jesus. As we stay focused on our purpose, we will see the presence and power of God working in us and through us!

Statement of Faith

•   In essential beliefs — we have unity.
“There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…”  Eph. 4:4-6

•   In non-essential beliefs — we have liberty.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters…  Who are you to judge someone else’s servant?  To his own master he stands or falls…  So then each of us will give an account of himself to God…  So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”  Romans 14:1,4,12,22

•   In all our beliefs — we show charity.
“…If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains — but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.”  1 Cor. 13:2  (Ph)

THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE:

1.   ABOUT GOD
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19;
1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

2.   ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30;
Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4;
Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13

3.    ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.  As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8;
1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25;
Ephesians 5:18

4.    ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s Word to us.  It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

2 Timothy 3:16;  2 Peter 1:20,21;  2 Timothy 1:13;
Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6;  Proverbs 30:5

5.   ABOUT MANKIND
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.  People are the supreme object of God’s creation.  Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”.   This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2

6.   ABOUT SALVATION
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it.  We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty.  When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5;
Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

7.   ABOUT ETERNAL LIFE
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity.  If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it.  Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.  It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

8.   ABOUT ETERNITY
People were created to exist forever.  We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is Hell.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.  Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18;
Revelation 20:15; 1 Cor. 2:7-9