What We Believe

New Life Sanctuary Foundational Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, and that men were moved on by the Holy Spirit to write the words of Scripture.  Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-2; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12)

We believe in one God who eternally exists in three distinct persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19; Matthew 3:16; John 17)

We believe that man was created in the image of God to walk in fellowship with Him, but became separated from God through sinful disobedience.  As a result, man was totally incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own effort. (Genesis 1:17; Romans 3:19-23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1, 8-9)

We believe that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, became flesh to reveal God to man, and to provide the only way of restoring the broken relationship between God and man. (Galatians 4:4-7; Hebrews 1:1-2; John 3:16; Galatians 3:22)

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary.  He was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead.  He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as our Intercessor. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-42; Matthew 16:21-23; Matthew 27:35-36, 59-60; Matthew 28:1-7; Hebrew 1:1-19; Romans 8:34)

We believe the blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross provides the only basis for the forgiveness of sin.  Consequently, salvation occurs only when a person repents of their sin and places their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for their sin. (Romans 4:4-5; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18; Acts 4:12; Acts 16:31; John 3:16; Ephesians 1:7)

We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.  The Holy Spirit’s purpose in the redemptive process is to convict man of sin, regenerate the repentant believer, seal the believer, guide the believer into an understanding of the Holy Scripture and indwell, teach, comfort, and empower the believer for service in God’s Kingdom.  We believe in the baptism with the Holy Spirit, subsequent to the believer’s new birth in Christ.  We believe this experience is for all believers.  We also believe that every believer has at least one spiritual gift sovereignly given by the Holy Spirit “for the equipping of God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”   (John 7:31-39; Luke 11:13; Matthew 3:11; Acts 10:44-47; Acts 19:1-6; Acts 1:5-8; Luke 24:49; John 14:15-17, 26; John 16:7-8; Ephesians 4:12; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 1 Peter 4:10; Acts 2:1-4; Romans 12: 1-8)

We believe that divine healing is provided for all in the atoning work of Jesus Christ.  And that it is available by faith in accordance with the sovereign will of God through the prayers of the believers. (James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17; Mark 16:18)

We believe in the Lord’s Supper (Communion) and Water Baptism.  The Lord’s Supper is to be celebrated in remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross and in anticipation of His soon return.  A person should partake of Communion only after examining his relationship with the Lord.  Water baptism is an outward testimony of one’s belief in Christ, and all who have received Him as their Lord and personal Savior should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  While we do believe water baptism is fundamental to Christian obedience, we do not believe it is necessary for salvation.  We also believe that baptism by immersion is the preferred method set forth in scripture. (Luke 22: 17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:22-29; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; Romans 6:1-10; Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48)

We believe that holiness is God’s standard for all believers.  All believers should practice a separated life unto Jesus Christ, which will exalt our Lord and His church.  Faithfulness in this holy life of service, worship, and testimony has a promise of great reward in eternity.  (1 Peter 1: 15-16; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 3:12-17; John 14:1-3; Romans 12:1-3; Galatians 6:14; 2 Corinthians 6:17; Ephesians 5:11; Colossians 3:17)

We believe procreation is a gift from God, a precious trust reserved for marriage. At the moment of conception, a new being enters the universe, a human being, a being created in God’s image. This human being deserves our protection, whatever the circumstances of conception.  (Genesis 1:27; Jeremiah 1:5; Genesis 9:6; Exodus 20:13; Psalm 127:3; Psalm 139:13-16)

We believe Marriage is ordained of God and is a spiritual union in which man and woman are joined by God to live together as one; we affirm our commitment to the Word of God and its ever-present defense of marriage as a holy and sacred union between one man and one woman.  We hereby state our opposition to the rising trend toward legitimizing homosexual unions which are condemned in the Word of God.  We encourage our members to help preserve marriage as a sacred union between man and woman by living lives that model commitment to the Word of God, exemplify devotion to moral purity, and celebrate family responsibility.   (1 Corinthians 7:1-40; Ephesians 5:22-23; Hebrews 13:4; Proverbs 18:22; Genesis 2:24)

We believe in the pre-millennial second coming of Jesus Christ.  This imminent return of Christ is the blessed hope of the church.  The first event will be the rapture of the church, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to meet Him in the air.  Next, will be his second advent as He comes to establish His thousand year reign on the earth.  Finally, we believe in a bodily resurrection where there will be eternal life for the righteous and eternal punishment for the wicked.                       (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; Revelation 19:11-21; Titus 2:13; John 14:1-3; Matthew 24:29-30; Matthew 25: 31-46; Revelation 20:1-6, 11-15)

The universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ is comprised of all believers.  It is the body and bride of Jesus Christ, who is its Head. The local church is a group of believers voluntarily joined together in love, fellowship, and purpose to bring glory to Jesus Christ.  This body of believers is under recognized, delegated authorities, and they assemble to worship, carry forth the Great Commission and minister as the Holy Spirit leads.

New Life Sanctuary is an evangelical, denominationally unrelated local church, and its doctrine and government are rooted uncompromisingly in the Word of God. (Matthew 16:18, 28:19-20; Ephesians 5:22-32; Acts 2:40-47; 1Timothy 3:15)