New Song Christian Fellowship
As a Church New Song holds to the classical expression of Christianity as taught in the Bible. When God's Word says it we believe it, and with the help of His Holy Spirit we seek to apply it to our lives. Like most churches we feel the need to explain that further, below you will find a more detailed explanation of our beliefs.
1. The Bible:
We believe in the absolute authority, accuracy, inerrancy, and infallibility of the 66 books of the Bible; its full divine inspiration of the original manuscripts and its all-sufficiency and final authority as the Christian’s rule of faith and practice
(Proverbs 30:5; Isaiah 40:8; I Timothy 3:16 & 17; II Peter 1:19-21; Joshua 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:13).
We believe that there is but one God, the Creator, Preserver and Ruler of all things, who is perfect in holiness, and in love, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power, and who reveals Himself to us as three distinct persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Nehemiah 9:6; I Chronicles 29:11, 12; Exodus 15:11; I John 4:8b; Matthew 28:19).
3. Jesus Christ:
A) We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men
(Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2 & 14; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-8).
B) We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by his literal, physical resurrection from the dead
(Acts 2:18-36; Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 1:3-5).
C) We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our high Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, Advocate, the only Mediator between God and man
(Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2, 1 Timothy 2:5).
4. Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with the Father and the Son, and of the same substance and nature; that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment; that He bears witness to the church; that He is the agent of the new birth; and that He seals, endues with gifts, empowers, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies and helps the believer, indwelling every true child of God
(John 3:3-7, 14:1617, 16:8-11; Ephesians 1:13; II Corinthians 13:14; Romans 8:14-27; I Corinthians 12:12,13; Titus 3:5).
We believe that man was created in the image of God by direct creation and that he was originally in fellowship and communication with God. By man’s choice he sinned, breaking this fellowship and incurred both physical and spiritual death. Thus all mankind by nature and by choice are sinners and unable on their own to re-establish fellowship with God. Apart from Christ all individuals shall be forever separated from God
(Genesis 1:26; Ezekiel 18:20a; Romans 3:23, 6:23; Titus 3:5; Eph. 2:8,9).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that Jesus gives eternal life to his “sheep” (those who believe, those He knows and those who follow Him) and they shall never perish and no one shall snatch them out of His hand
(John 1:12; 10:27-28; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:4-5 & 18-19).
7. The Church:
A) We believe that the local church is the local expression of the body of Christ and is solely made up of born again persons.
(1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27).
B) We believe that the establishment and continuance of the local church is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament.
(Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:511).
C) We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free of any external ecclesiastical control
(Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9 & 16, 5:4-7 & 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
D) We believe the church is to be ruled by Jesus, His Word, and led by His under-shepherds, the elders of the church.
(Ephesians 5:23; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Peter 5:1-5)
E)The church exists for the edifying (building up) of believers, and to fulfill God's great commission to make disciples of all nations.
(Ephesians 4:11-16; Matthew 28:18-20)
F) We believe in the priesthood of all believers. Even though there are human leaders within the church every believer has access to God through Jesus Christ, and every believer can grow in a personal relationship with him, no human is an intercessor only Christ. As such, every believer is called to a life of service in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
(1 Peter 2:9, 1 Timothy 2:5, 2 Peter 3:18, Matthew 23:11, 2 Timothy 4:5)
A) We believe that God’s Word commands every believer to be baptized by immersion in water. Though baptism has no saving merit, it does show forth in solemn and beautiful symbolism the believer’s faith in and union with the crucified, buried, and risen Savior
(Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:41, 8:38, 18:8; Romans 6:3-5).
B) Lord’s Supper: We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a provision of bread and the cup which are symbolic of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. The Lord’s Supper is taken by saved individuals in commemoration of the suffering and death of the Lord and in anticipation of His imminent return; that its observance is to be preceded by faithful self-examination
(Luke 22:19,20; I Corinthians 11:23-30).
We believe in the personal, visible, imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His church. His coming in Glory is followed by an eternal kingdom on a new heaven and new earth. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved, the bodily resurrection of the unsaved, the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost
(I Corinthians 15:4, 20-24; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; I John 2:1,2; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-15, 21:1-8; II Corinthians 5:8).
We believe that Satan is a created being, the author and the cause of the Fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man: and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire
(Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14;12-17; Matthew 4:2-11, 25:41; Revelation 20:10).