Foreword

Our New Life Church Missions Ministry Team prepared this Statement of Faith. Its threefold purpose is:

  1. Instruction for those seeking Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior;
  2. The basis for sustaining believers and witnessing for Jesus Christ.
  3. A Christ-centered standard for wavering faith.

These Articles of Faith separately and collectively are anchored in Holy Scripture. In all matters we hold fast to our Bible. May these words inspire you, bring you comfort, provide you assurance and deepen your trust in God’s promises. I encourage you to prayerfully study the Biblical passages supporting each Article of Faith. As you grow in faith may God lead you to share your faith with others and joyfully witness in His name.

Pastor Victor Visotsky.

I Introduction

Those of us who compiled these Articles of Faith believe that God speaks to each of us as an individual. As a community of Believers, we help each other grow in faith and show our faith to those unbelievers God brings into our lives. A deeper understanding of Scripture empowers us to hear and be led by the indwelling Holy Spirit and to confidently witness for Jesus Christ. This Statement of Faith is a compilation of articles of faith by caring Christians concerning what they believe the Scriptures are teaching. We hold fast that every believer may read and interpret Scripture as the Holy Spirit leads them. These Articles of Faith are therefore not “final”, but rather a beginning for Bible study and prayerful consideration, always open for discussion and instruction to the glory of Jesus Christ. Scripture references can be found in the following translations of the Holy Bible:

King James Version New International Version New Revised Standard Version

The Holy Bible is divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament. Each division contains “books” of the Bible. The reference in that book is listed by chapter and then verses. For instance, Exodus 24:4 means the 24th chapter of Exodus and the 4th verse. Commas between the verse numbers indicate that several verses are to be read in that particular chapter. Example: Psalms 119: 11,89,105,140 shows that four different verses are to be read in Chapter 119 of the book of Psalms; they are not read in a continuous manner from verse 11 through verse 140. Verses with a hyphen between the numbers indicate that the verses are to be read continuously as in Jeremiah 36: 1-32.

II The Scriptures

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, given by Divine inspiration and are the ultimate rule for faith and practice.

Exodus 24:4, Deuteronomy 4:1-2, Deuteronomy 17:19, Joshua 8:34, Isaiah 40:8, Jeremiah 15:16, Jeremiah 36:1-32, Matthew 5:17-18, Matthew 22:29, Luke 21:33, Luke 24:44-46, John 5:39, John 17:17, Acts 17:11-12, Romans 15:4, Romans 16:25-26, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, Hebrews 4: 12, 1 Peter 1:25, 2 Peter 1:19-21

III God

We believe that there is one, and only one, true and living God. He is an intelligent, spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. He exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. A. God the Father God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is the Almighty Father to those who become the children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:1, Genesis 2:7,Exodus 3:14, Exodus 6:2-3, Exodus 20:1-17, Leviticus 22:2, Deuteronomy 6:4, Deuteronomy 32:6, 1 Chronicles 29:10, Isaiah 43:3, Isaiah 64:8, Jeremiah 10:10, Jeremiah 17:13, Matthew 6:9-15, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Matthew 7: 11, Galatians 4:6, Matthew 23:9, Ephesians 4:6, Matthew 28:19, Colossians 1:15, Mark 1:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:17, John 4:24, Hebrews 11:6, John 5:26, Hebrews 12:9, Acts 1:7, John 14: 6-13, Romans 8:14-15

B. God the Son Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He took upon Himself human nature and lived among men, identifying with mankind, yet without sin. In His death on the cross, He provided provision for the redemption of mankind from sin. He was raised from the dead and ascended to heaven where He, as our Mediator, sits at the right hand of God. On this earth, He is the Head of the Church that is composed of all true believers, and in Him is vested all power for its government.

Psalm 2:7-12, Psalms 110:1, Isaiah 53:1-12, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-23, (Genesis 18 shows the beginning of the genealogy of Jesus the Christ.), Matthew 3:17, Matthew 8:29, Matthew 11:27, Matthew 14:33, Matthew 16:16, Matthew 17:5, Matthew 28:1-6, 19, Mark 1:1, Mark 3:11, Luke 1:35, Luke 4:41, Luke 22:70, Luke 24:46, John 1:1-18, 29, John 10:30, 38, John 11:25-27, John 12:44-50, John 14:7-11, John 16:15-16, 28, John 17:1-5, 21-22, John 20: 1-20, 28, Acts 1:9, Acts 2:22-24, Acts 7:55-56 Acts 9:4-5, 20, Romans 1:3-4, Romans 3:23-26, Romans 5:6-8, Romans 8:1-3, 34, Romans 10:4, I Corinthians 1:30, I Corinthians 2:2, I Corinthians 8:6, I Corinthians 15:1-8, 24-28, 2 Corinthians 5:19-21, 2 Corinthians 8:9, Galatians 4:4-5, Ephesians 1:20, Ephesians 4:7-10, Philippians 2:5-11, Colossians 2:9, I Thessalonians 4:14-18, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, , 1 Timothy 3:16, Titus 2:13-14, Hebrews 1:1-3, Hebrews 4:14-15, Hebrews 7:14-28, Hebrews 9:12-15, 24-28, Hebrews 12:2, Hebrews 13:8, 1 Peter 2:21-25, 1 Peter 3:22, 1 John 1:7-9, 1 John 3:2, 1 John 4:14-15, 1 John 5:9, Revelation 1:13-16, Revelation 19:16, Revelation 5:9-14

C. God the Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables all people to understand Truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts people of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He calls individuals to the Savior and effects regeneration. He indwells the believer, cultivates Christian character, comforts believers and bestows the spiritual gifts with which we serve God through His church.

Genesis 1:2, Judges 14:6, Psalms 51:11, Psalms 139: 7 –12, Isaiah 61:1-3, Joel 2: 28-32, Matthew 1:18, Matthew 3:16, Matthew 4:1, Matthew 12:28-32, Matthew 28:19, Mark 1:10,12, Luke 1:35, Luke 4:1, 18-19, Luke 11:13, Luke 12:12, John 4:24, John 14:16-17, 26, John 15:26, John 16:7-14, Acts 1:8, Acts 2: 1-4, 38, Acts 4:31, Acts 5: 3, Acts 6:3, Acts 7:55, Acts 8:39, Acts 10:44, Acts 13:2, Acts 15:28, Acts 16:6, Romans 8: 9-11, 14-16, 26-27, I Corinthians 2:10-14, I Corinthians 3:16, I Corinthians 12:3-11,13, Galatians 4:6, Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 5:18, 1 Timothy 3:16, 2 Timothy 1:14, Hebrews 9:8, 14, 2 Peter 1:21, 1 John 4:13, 5:6-7, Revelation 1:10

IV Satan

We believe that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors, but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty God, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant “prince of the power of the air”, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the lord of the anti-Christ and the author of all the powers of darkness. The devil is destined however to final defeat at the hands of God’s own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels and all humankind not under the protection and saving Grace of Jesus Christ.

Genesis 3:4-5,14-15, I Chronicles 21:1, Job 1:9-12, Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:14-17, Matthew 4:1-11, Matthew 13:37-39, Matthew 25:41, Luke 22:3-4, John 13:2, John 14:30, Acts 5:3, 1 Corinthians 10:19,20, 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, Ephesians 2:2, I Thessalonians 3:5, 2 Thessalonians 2:8-11, I Peter 5:8, I John 3:8, Jude 6, Revelation 12:7-10, Revelation 13:13-14, Revelation 20:1-3,10

V Man and Woman

We believe man and woman were created by the special act of God in His own image and is the crowning work of all His creation. Though man and woman were created in innocence, by voluntary transgression they fell from their sinless and happy state; the consequence of which all people are now sinners, not by constraint, but by choice, and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. Only the grace of God through His son Jesus Christ can bring a man or woman into His holy fellowship. Because God created man and woman in His own image and because Christ died for all, every person possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Genesis 1:26-30, Genesis 2:5,7,18-24, Genesis 3rd chapter, Genesis 9:6, Psalms 1, Psalms 8:3-6, Psalms 32:1-5, Psalms 51:5, Isaiah 6:5, Jeremiah 17:5, Matthew 16:26, Acts 17:26-31, Romans 1:18-32, Romans 3:10-18,23, Romans 5:6,12,19, Romans 6:6, Romans 7:14-25, Romans 8:14-18, 29, I Corinthians 1:21-31, I Corinthians 15:19-22, Ephesians 2, Colossians 1:21-22, Colossians 3:9-11

VI Salvation

A person’s only hope of redemption and eternal life is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Salvation is neither merited nor earned by works of individuals but offered freely by the grace of God to any person who, through faith, accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The evidence of salvation in each believer is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit. The outward evidence to all men is a life of obedience through service, righteousness and true holiness.

Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 53:4-13, Matthew 1:21, Matthew 18:11, John 1:11-14, 29, John 3:16,36, John 5:24, John 10:9,28-29, Acts 4:12, Acts 15:11, Acts 16:30-31, Romans 1:16,17, Romans 3:23-26, Romans 6:22-23, Romans 8:16, 35-39, Romans 10:9-15, I Corinthians 1:18, I Corinthians 6:19-20, I Corinthians 15:3, 2 Corinthians 5:17-19, Galatians 2:20, Galatians 3:13, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 2: 11,12, Titus 3: 5-7, I Peter 2:24

VII The Church

We believe that the church is a local congregation of baptized believers, voluntarily united for the purpose of worshiping God, lovingly caring for one another, growing in Christ, and promoting the cause of the Gospel. We hold that our church has the absolute right of self-government and that its only head is Christ through the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 16:15-19, Matthew 18: 15-20, Mark 16: 15, 16, Acts 2:41-42, 47, Acts 5:11-14, Acts 6:3-6, Acts 13:1-3, Acts 14: 23, 27, Acts 15: 1-30, Acts 16:5, Acts 20:28, I Corinthians 1:2, I Corinthians 5:4-5, I Corinthians 7:17, I Corinthians 9:13-14, I Corinthians Chapter 12, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:19-22, Ephesians 3:8-11,21, Ephesians 5:22-32, Philippians 1:1, Colossians 1:18, I Timothy 3:1-15, I Timothy 4:14, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Revelation Chapter 2, Revelation Chapter 3

VIII Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that the ordinances required of the Church are those of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Baptism is required for the privilege of church membership and for participating in the Lord’s Supper remembrance. The Lord’s Supper is an act of obedience in which the partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine commemorate together the dying love of Jesus Christ for us, preceded always by solemn self-examination.

Matthew 3:13-17,Matthew 26:26-30, Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9-11, Mark 14:22-26, Luke 3:21-22, Luke 22:19-20, John 3:23, Acts 2:41-42, Acts 8:35-39, Acts 16:30-33, Acts 20:7, Romans 6:3-5, 1 Corinthians 10:16,21, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29, Colossians 2:12

IX Evangelism and Missions

The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness, by a Christian lifestyle and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

Genesis 12:1-3, Exodus 19:5-6, Isaiah 6:1-8, Matthew 9:37-38, Matthew 10:5-15, Matthew 13:18-30, 37-43, Matthew 22:9-10, Matthew 24:14, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 10:1-16, Luke 24:46-53, John 14:11-12, John 15:7-8, 16, John 17:15, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, Acts 2 (entire chapter), Acts 8:26-40, Acts 10:42-48, Acts 13:2-3, Romans 10:13-15, Ephesians 3:1-11, 1 Thessalonians 1:8, 2 Timothy 4:5, Hebrews 2:1-3, 1 Peter 2: 4-10, Revelation 22:17

X Stewardship

God is the source of all blessings, material and spiritual. All that we have and are we owe to Him. We are commanded to serve Him with our time, talents and material possessions. We should recognize all these as entrusted to us to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.

Genesis 14:19-20, Leviticus 27:30-32, Deuteronomy 8:18, Malachi 3:8-12, Matthew 6:1-4, 19-21, Matthew 25:14-29, Luke 12:16-21, 42, Luke 16:1-13, Acts 2:44-47, Acts 5:1-11, Acts 17:24-25, Acts 20:35, Romans 6:6-22, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 4:1-2, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 Corinthians Chapter 12, 1 Corinthians 16:1-4, 2 Corinthians 8, 9, 2 Corinthians 12:15, Philippians 4:10-19

XI The Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime, and is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church. Marriage provides for the man and the woman the framework for intimate companionship. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect and to lead his family. A wife, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve mutually in managing the household and nurturing the next generation. Children from the moment of conception are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on Biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

Genesis 1:26-28, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Joshua 24:15, 1 Samuel 1:26-28, Proverbs 1:8, Proverbs 5:15-20, Proverbs 22:6, 15, Proverbs 23:13-14, Proverbs 24:3, Ecclesiastes 9:9, Malachi 2:14-16, Matthew 5:31-32, Matthew 18:2-5, Matthew 19:3-9, Mark 10: 6-12, Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 7:1-16, Ephesians 5:21-33, Ephesians 6:1-4, Colossians 3:18-21, 1 Timothy 5:8, 14, 2 Timothy 1:3-5, Titus 2:3-5, Hebrews 13:4, 1 Peter 3:1-7

XII Last Times

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised, the living will be changed and Christ will judge all people in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Isaiah 2:4, Isaiah 11:9, Matthew 24, Luke 21:27-28, 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, 35-58, 2 Peter 3:3-9, Revelation 21,22