What We Believe

Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A. That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

Read more… Heidelberg Catechism – written in 1563, the catechism is a warm-hearted and personalized confession of faith.

Q. How do we live out our faith?

A. As followers of Jesus Christ, living in this world—which some seek to control, and others view with despair—we declare with joy and trust: Our world belongs to God! From the beginning, through all the crises of our times, until the kingdom fully comes, God keeps covenant forever: Our world belongs to God! God is King: Let the earth be glad! Christ is victor: his rule has begun! The Spirit is at work: creation is renewed! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

Read more… Our World Belongs to God – A Contemporary Testimony of the Christian Reformed Church.

Basic Beliefs

We may use up-to-date language and music to communicate God’s Word for today’s culture, but our message is as old as the Bible itself. We embrace the historic Christian teaching of salvation through Jesus Christ, faith in Christ alone, repentance, and the authority of the unique God-inspired Bible.

Bible – We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, trustworthy, and authoritative source of truth about God and His plan for us.

God – We believe in God as a Trinity revealing Himself as one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Salvation – We believe that all people are sinners and can not be restored to fellowship with God by any power of their own. We believe that the only way to be reconciled to God is by faith in Christ and His work on the cross.

Jesus Christ – We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins, that He was buried, and that He was raised from the dead on the third day, and ascended to the Father.

The Church – We believe that the Church is the community of those who affirm these truths. The church has been given two sacraments: baptism is a sign and seal of God’s promise to wash and renew us, and the Lord’s supper is a sign and seal of Jesus’ suffering for us, and our new life in Him.

We find faith beautifully expressed in the words of John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

What does it mean to be a Christian?

New Life Church is part of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Read more about our denomination and what we believe.