New Life is a Reformed Church
We are a Christ-centered church that affirms the sovereignty of God and the Doctrines of Grace. We are deeply indebted to the teaching and influence of our forefathers from Europe’s 16th Century Protestant Reformation including Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, and John Knox.
- Sola Fide, by faith alone.
- Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone.
- Solus Christus, through Christ alone.
- Sola Gratia, by grace alone.
- Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone.
We embrace a Reformed view of salvation that expresses itself in the following ways:
All of humanity, every one of us, has been effected by original sin. Sin is a fatal disease that has been passed down from generation to generation separating man from God. We have all been thoroughly affected by this condition that we have inherited. Though we are not as depraved as we could be, every aspect of our lives has been affected including our will and our desires. According to the scriptures, in our natural state, we are all spiritually dead and in need of salvation. We are incapable of saving ourselves from this condition, but God is more than capable and has provided us a Savior.
- Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. (Baptist Faith and Message 2000 – III. Man)
- …For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith… (Romans 3:22-25 ESV)
- But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
(Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV)
God has chosen from before the foundation of the world, those whom He will save. His choice has not, and never will be influenced by any human actions. It is only by His great mercy and grace that that there is hope for anyone. Salvation is unmerited by man and cannot be earned by our choices or efforts. Yet, He has predestined His people for adoption and eternal life according to His will and for His own glory.
- Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility. (Baptist Faith and Message 2000 – V. God’s Purpose of Grace)
- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:3-6 ESV)
- For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:14 ESV)
Jesus died on a cross to save His people. His blood was shed so that many would be saved. His atonement was limited in that there are those who will suffer eternal separation from God, and they will never benefit from the work that Christ completed on the cross. Hell is real, and there there will be souls suffering there eternally. We share the message of salvation in Christ with all people in hope that they may receive salvation, repent of their sin, and place their faith in Him.
- Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. (Baptist Faith and Message 2000 – IV. Salvation)
- And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” (Luke 13:23-24 ESV)
- Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5 ESV)
Salvation is a work of God that is initiated by His hand. God draws His people to Him and works in their hearts causing them to be born again. They are a new creation that is drawn to Him by His grace and mercy. It is of no benefit to anyone to resist God’s will.
- Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. (Baptist Faith and Message 2000 – IV. Salvation)
- All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. (John 6:37 ESV)
- No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
(John 6:44 ESV)
Perseverance of the Saints
All who are children of God by faith will persevere until the end. Salvation cannot be lost or taken away. If a person is truly saved, they cannot sin their way out of the kingdom. Their salvation is eternally secure in the hand of God. They are preserved for the purpose of glorifying God and enjoying Him forever. One way that we glorify God is by sharing this important truth with the world.
- All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (Baptist Faith and Message 2000 – V. God’s Purpose of Grace)
- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV)
- My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30 ESV)