Welcome to New Life Christian Center
We are a church that believes in Jesus, and the sure word of the scripture, the Bible. We base our lives on it! We are a church that loves God and loves people. We believe in God’s power through the Holy Spirit to meet practical and spiritual needs, doing good and bringing healing and wholeness to every person; spirit, soul and body. We are about building bridges for unity and strength and tearing down walls of separation. And…we like to have fun while doing it!
WHAT WE BELIEVE
There is only one God, eternally existent in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of christ. We believe in Christ’s deity, his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his miracles, in his vicarious and atoning death, in his bodily resurrection, in his ascension to the right hand of the Father, in his personal future return to this earth in power and glory to rule a thousand years.
We believe there is salvation in Jesus. In JOHN 14:6 Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” JOHN 3:16 declares “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ROMANS 10:9-10 tells us how we are saved: “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Our vision verse of ACTS 10:38 states “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” From both the Old and New Testaments we find the evidence that God heals. EX 15:26 “I am the Lord who heals you.” PSALM 103:2-3 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.” IS 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” We believe HEB. 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” So, if Jesus did heal and he is the same, then he still heals today. It is our practice to honor God’s Word and minister healing to the sick. MARK 16:18 “they, (disciples), will lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” JAMES 5:14 “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” Prayer and ministry for healing is a significant part of our church. Prayer teams are available at every service to pray for individual needs. We visit the sick in hospitals. The healing of mind and relationships is as important to us as the healing of the Body. Jesus died for us to be whole, spirit, soul and body! 1 THESS. 5:23 “Now the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Jesus told His followers not to minister until they had been endued with power from on high (ACTS 1:4-5). On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came upon each of those gathered in obedience to His directive, and they were changed from timid and confused men and women into dynamic examples and shining lights for the gospel of Christ. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is for power to witness our faith and live an overcoming Christian life. We believe it is received by faith, by asking, and the initial evidence accompanying and confirming it is the same today as it has always been described through the Bible and in church history, with the ability given to each believer to speak in tongues, in a prayer language from Heaven to further enable us to live effective, strong and edified lives as disciples of Christ (ACTS 1:8, 2:4, Mark 16:17, Jude VS 20, 1 Corinthians 14:13-18).
There are many views and questions about Bible prophecy and the “last days”. One thing we know for sure is that Jesus will return to the earth and he will rule and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords, over the earth and all its inhabitants, and the devil will be vanquished and his influence removed. We believe in the creation of a new heaven and new earth as scripture promises. We believe most importantly that we should live soberly and faithfully, watching for His appearing, living as if he would come today, but planning to be here for a lifetime.
God is three-in-one: Father, Spirit; Son. How can that be? For one thing, He is God, so you cannot expect to describe His nature in human terms, but follow this simple analogy: Water is “H20”; always is and never changes. Yet, H20 can be expressed in three forms: Liquid, ice, or steam. God is expressed in three forms: Father, Son (or the Word), and Spirit. He is still “100% God”, like H20, but expressed in three persons. We are also made in God’s image. 1 THESS. 5:23 offers a prayer that “our whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of the Lord.” There are three “parts” to us. Since we are patterned after God, He must have three “parts” too! He is one God, but a trinity in expression.
We baptize in the name of the father, son, and the holy spirit as Jesus commanded. We fully immerse in water as jesus was, and we baptize those who are of sufficient age to understand the significance of the baptismal sacrament.
HEB. 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” HEB. 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” ROM. 12:3 “For I say through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” Faith is something we use to connect with God and bring to pass His will on the earth in prayer. ROM. 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” It is developed by our actions of trust and obedience. It is expressed in our words and our worship. It accomplishes much, including the moving of obstacles and the deliverance of souls (MARK 11:22-24). It is not foolish presumption. It is not expressed by us telling God what he has to do. It is developed out of our relationship with God. It is knowing God, trusting Him, following His voice and doing His will.
We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of every month. We share in the testimony of the bread and juice, representing the body and blood of Jesus and remember His sufferings that purchased our victory. It is part of our worship to God and our fellowship with each other.
WHAT IS FOURSQUARE
New Life Christian Center is a Foursquare church. The term “Foursquare” stands for the four-fold ministry of Jesus Christ as the Savior (Romans 10:9), baptizer with the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:16), healer (1Peter 2:24), and coming king (Acts 1:11).
In 1923 the Foursquare church was founded by a fellowship of believers determined to proclaim the solid scriptural core, leaving behind fanaticism and materialism.
We have no desire to compete or compare with other christian churches. We rejoice with every body of believers which lifts up Jesus Christ. The Foursquare church is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and, as a pentecostal church, is affliliated with the Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA) and the pentecostal world fellowship.