WHO WE ARE

ABOUT OUR CHURCH


Our Affiliation

We are free in Jesus and have no denomination or parent organization. We are simply a fellowship of Christians who want to understand and practice the Word of God as honestly as possible, without having to interpret it through tradition-tinted glasses.

The only limitations to our freedom are those that we find in the Word of God.

  • We are not bound by man-made creeds or traditions.
  • We do not have to defend some institutional position. Our only concern is to defend the Word of God.
  • We are free in Jesus—free to speak where the Bible speaks and free to use Spirit-guided judgment where the Bible is silent, and free not to let our opinions become traditions.

A Lesson from the Past

In the early 1800’s, individuals from most major denominations were sick of religious division and prejudice and were weary of the restrictions placed on them by their denominational hierarchies. In their search for unity, they came to several points of commitment:

  1. Wear only the name of Christ. Brand names create barriers.
  2. Take the Bible as sole authority, and Christ—Jesus is Lord—as the only creed.
  3. Seek Christian “unity” and brotherhood wherever it can be found.
  4. Refuse to be part of any organization that would limit your freedom in Christ.

Entire counties of churches began joining in this movement for freedom and unity. They dropped their denominational labels and took what they considered to be the universal name, Christian. They put aside their historical positions and papers, and began studying the Bible. They began calling Bible things by Bible names, discovering that there was a simple New Testament pattern upon which everyone could unite. As these people met each other they recognized how much they had in common. The result was a movement aimed not at starting another de-nomination, but calling people back to the pattern of the church as found in the book of Acts.

Today, thousands of non-denominational churches exist all over the world as a result. We at New Life Christian Church feel a part of the spirit of that movement and are committed to the principles listed above.


What are Christian Churches?

New Life Christian is a non-denominational church that shares a heritage with other churches using the name Christian or Church of Christ.

Homegrown:  Many denominations have their roots overseas. They were started in Europe and came to America through immigrants who were members of that particular denomination. Christian churches were started by people from various denominations who were tired of perpetuating the divisions imported from Europe. At New Life, we use only the Bible in matters of doctrine, structure and practice. We like to say we’re “Christians only, not the only Christians”.

Free and Independent:  There is no denominational control or hierarchy over us. We are self-governed and determine our own affairs under the leadership of Jesus Christ, whom we regard as the Head of our church.

Leadership:  Guided by a plurality of godly leaders, whom the Bible calls elders, we determine our policies and practices in the light of Biblical expectations. For example, at New Life Christian Church…

  • We choose our own ministry team (staff).
  • We own our own building and assets.
  • We determine our own ministries and programs.
  • We select our own missionaries and mission agencies to support directly.

Jesus Christ is the true source of all that New Life Christian is and does. Glorifying Him is the objective of every action, function, and motive of this body of believers. He has provided His thoughts and direction for us in the Bible, the inspired Word of God. The Bible reflects and contains His mind—His commands, His counsel, and His purpose for every believer.

As we conform to His Word, we will carry out His will, to His purpose and to His glory. Jesus is New Life’s reason for being.