New Life is a Contemporary Church with Deep Roots
Our church has a mission to reach out to unbelievers and help to bring them into God’s kingdom. We live in a contemporary society of western culture in the twenty first century. We have a goal of connecting with the culture around us while staying true to the teachings of the Scriptures.
Contextualization “incarnates” the gospel into a culture. It is the process by which we present the gospel to people of a particular worldview in forms the hearers can understand. It is adapting gospel ministry into a culture without compromising the gospel. – Tim Keller
Contextualization can be seen in the multitude of forms in which the church experience is expressed all around the world. A church that meets in Uganda will look, sound, and feel different from a church in Tokyo or San Francisco. When the people in these places gather for worship with one another they will likely have different customs, attire, language, traditions, and preferences. Whether the people meet as an underground church in China, as a mega church in London, or as a seaside chapel in North Carolina the methods and means by which they choose to worship God can be quite different. When each of these churches gather they may sing different songs, they may speak different languages, have different orders of service, and read from different translations of the Bible. All this variety can occur without ever compromising the truth of the Gospel.
…I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:22-23 ESV)
In all things we hope to connect with the culture around us while honoring the historical roots of our faith. Through the songs we sing, the words we preach, and the time we share, we hope to always honor Christ and point His people to a deeper love for Him and one another.