Mission and Purpose
Let’s journey together.
The church is people doing life together around Jesus. It is God’s family, made up of every nation, tribe, people and language. Our goal is for New Life Church to be a safe space for you to explore spiritual life, find friendship, receive help, and most of all know Jesus as your best friend for all eternity!
The God of the universe created us for relationship. Adam and Eve were created to be in relationship with the Creator every day. Originally, there was no program, no buildings, no list of beliefs, no religious middle-man or organizations, there was just God and humanity together. While sin has marred the image of God, we believe at its heart true life is about that relationship of love with God and one another. All we learn about in Scripture and all the spiritual practices we live by, are to bring us back to that garden of Eden moment of walking with God day by day, moment by moment, in perfect trust. And this love gets expressed day by day in how we treat one another. At New Life, we encourage each person to see church as more than a program one attends on the weekend, but rather a living relationship with God and each other 24/7.
See Romans 13:8; 1 John 4:20; 1 Corinthians 13:4-5; 1 Corinthians 13:2; 1 Corinthians 16:14; 1 John 4:16; Ephesians 4:2; 1 Peter 4:8; John 15:12; 1 Corinthians 13:13; 1 John 4:12; Romans 12:10; Ephesians 5:21; Ephesians 4:29-32; Revelation 22:3-4; John 13:34; John 3:16.
Church is a body of believers that follow Jesus wherever He goes. When we meet together, we celebrate what Jesus has done in bringing salvation to the world, in the day by day love expressed by the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, all to the glory of the Father. Every week on Saturday, the biblical day of Sabbath, we sing, pray, encourage, share our journeys together and seek to lift burdens of suffering. These are our acts of worship to God. At New Life we encourage true biblical worship rather than worship born of tradition. The lifting of hands, worshiping in silence, worshiping with shouts of joy, worship by kneeling and bowing, singing, praying, meditating on God, etc. are all biblical ways we express worship to God.
See 1 Timothy 2:8; Nehemiah 8:6; Psalm 28:2; Psalm 100:4; Philippians 2:8-11; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 1:18-19; John 19-21; Mark 14-16; Matthew 27-28; Psalm 150.
As we walk with Jesus together as His disciples, we grow. Too many Christians can sit in the pew for decades and still be the same person they were 50 years ago with the same flaws and resentments. Jesus does not call us to follow a script, doctrinal list, or even a book, He calls us to follow Him. In Christ the teachings of the Bible make sense. In Christ we are in a living relationship day by day that gets expressed in how we treat one another, and we cannot help but grow in that atmosphere. This discipleship growth gets expressed in various ways: Bible study groups like the Sabbath Schools and Prayer Meeting and the weekly teaching, small groups that meet in homes as well as the church building, working together to transform suffering at the Neighbourhood Centre and other projects, worshiping together on Sabbath, and simply spending time doing life together. And as we grow, we naturally will share this good news of the Gospel with others.
See Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 4:2-4; Titus 2:15; Galatians 6:1-2; Deuteronomy 6:1-2; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12:4-8; Acts 4:34-35; Hebrews 10:24-25; Titus 3:14; Joshua 1:8; Ephesians 4:16.
The love of Christ for humanity was expressed by serving others. As we are transformed by the love of Christ, we are compelled by that same love to serve others. The Church can never settle for its own comfort in a world full of suffering such as homelessness, poverty, drug addiction, oppression, corruption, violence and crime, and injustice. Serving others is not separate from sharing the gospel, they are one and the same. So as a church we give of our time, money, energy, listening ear, prayer, and love in the multitude of ways that heals a broken world and shows them who Jesus is. At its best, the church is to be God’s expression of love to the world.
See Luke 3:10-14; Luke 4:16-21; Acts 4:34-35; 2 Corinthians 10:4; Galatians 6:10; James 2:14-26; James 5:1-5; 1 John 3:16.
What Jesus accomplished on the cross will be the headline news of the universe for eternity. We are forgiven and set free because of His sacrifice. All humanity groans under the burden of sin and suffering and so Christ has called the church to share the news of salvation and make disciples of all nations. The simple message of the love of God expressed by the crucified Saviour brings healing and transformation. At New Life, it gets expressed through worship, teaching, and especially through the healthy, inclusive relationships of each follower of Christ. This love encompasses the whole person: spiritual, mental, emotional, physical and social.
See Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Colossians 4:3-6; Mark 16:15; Matthew 5:13-16; Romans 10:14-17; Matthew 22:37-39; Ephesians 3:16-19; Ephesians 4:13.