New Life Christian Church is founded on the Good News that God has done everything necessary to bring us into a relationship with him. The Good News tells us that the power of God’s Kingdom has entered history in order to renew us, and the world. Believing in Jesus and his finished work on the cross for our relationship with God, releases the power of God’s kingdom to work in and through us. The Gospel is more than just a way to enter God’s kingdom, it is also the way to address every problem that we encounter and the way to progress in personal growth and freedom.
Taken from Mars Hill (see http://www.marshillchurch.org)
What is the Gospel? The word gospel simply means “good news.” The central message of the Bible is the gospel, or good news, about the person and work of Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:1–4, the Apostle Paul provides the most succinct summary of the gospel: the man Jesus is also God, or Christ, and died on a cross in our place, paying the penalty for our sins; three days later He rose to conquer sin and death and give the gift of salvation to all who believe in Him alone for eternal life.
The great reformer Martin Luther rightly said that, as sinners, we are prone to pursue a relationship with God in one of two ways. The first is religion/spirituality and the second is the gospel. The two are antithetical in every way.
- Religion says that if we obey God He will love us. The gospel says that it is because God has loved us through Jesus that we can obey.
- Religion says that the world is filled with good people and bad people. The gospel says that the world is filled with bad people who are either repentant or unrepentant.
- Religion says that you should trust in what you do as a good moral person. The gospel says that you should trust in the perfectly sinless life of Jesus because He alone is the only good and truly moral person who will ever live.
- The goal of religion is to get from God such things as health, wealth, insight, power, and control. The goal of the gospel is not the gifts God gives, but rather God as the gift given to us by grace.
- Religion is about what I have to do. The gospel is about what I get to do.
- Religion sees hardship in life as punishment from God. The gospel sees hardship in life as sanctifying affliction that reminds us of Jesus’ sufferings and is used by God in love to make us more like Jesus.
- Religion is about me. The gospel is about Jesus.
- Religion leads to an uncertainty about my standing before God because I never know if I have done enough to please God. The gospel leads to a certainty about my standing before God because of the finished work of Jesus on my behalf on the cross.
- Religion ends in either pride (because I think I am better than other people) or despair (because I continually fall short of God’s commands). The gospel ends in humble and confident joy because of the power of Jesus at work for me, in me, through me, and sometimes in spite of me.
New Life Christian Church was planted by migrants from the Netherlands in the early 1950s. It was first established as the Blacktown Reformed Church, and later became known as the Blacktown Christian Reformed Church. Today in order to reflect the ongoing new life promised by the Lord Jesus Christ who is the head of the church we are now called New Life Christian Church.
The people of New Life Christian Church are a family of ordinary people from all walks of life who believe that Jesus Christ is Saviour and Lord. We love to meet together and get to know new people. Our vision as a church is to be a loving community growing followers of Christ.
The Christian Reformed Churches of Australia were established in the early 1950's. In those early years some 50 churches were planted all over the nation. Christian Reformed believers trace their spiritual roots to the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation represented a call to people everywhere to return to the Bible's teaching as follows:
- Scripture alone is the final authority by which we are to live. (2 Tim 3:14-17)
- Christ alone is the one true Saviour of the world. (Acts 4:10-12)
- Salvation is a gift of grace alone and is not earned. (Ephesians 2:8)
- We are saved by faith alone and not by works. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
- Our salvation and all we do in response is for the glory of God alone. (Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 10:31)
Christian Reformed churches are confessional churches that uphold the confessions of the
Reformation including the Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, Canons of Dort and
Christian Reformed believers also see themselves to be in spiritual continuity with God's
people from the time of the early church in the Bible.
We seek to glorify God as we:
WIN1 people to a living faith in our Lord Jesus Christ by:
- Positively engaging the un-churched where we live, work and play,
- Attractively exposing the un-churched to God’s people and God’s Word.
BUILD2 a committed loving community of believers for Christ by:
- Discipling (by teaching and example) all people, young and old, to understand and live out the gospel,
- Strengthening community life by integrating newcomers well,
- Growing a sense of God’s presence in our meetings.
SEND3 well-equipped followers of Christ to serve him with the gospel by:
- Equipping followers of Christ to use their gifts in his service,
- Establishing every person in some ministry,
- Sending out and supporting overseas missionaries,
- Planting new churches as God gives us opportunity.
1 Proverbs 11:30; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
2 1 Thessalonians 5:11
3 Matthew 28:19-20; Joshua 24:15; 1 Peter 4:10-12;
This mission directs our work and reflects the following:
- A Biblical approach to achieving our vision.
- The five traditional purposes of the church: evangelism, worship, discipleship, fellowship, and service and mission (note: evangelism is about personal & community witness and outreach, whereas mission and service includes all the ways we serve Christ in ministry both locally and overseas).
- Our desire to be holistic in our work as a church.
- Our aim to be a community that brings the love of Christ to people.
Our values as a church define what we want to be as a vitalised church community. We strive to have these values pervade all our plans and actions and become part of the ethos and life of our church.
1. A gospel-hearted community
The good news of Jesus Christ is at the very heart of our community (Ephesians 3:6-10; 1 Peter 2:4-25). It not only saves us (Romans 1:16), and brings us into relationship with God and other Christians (John 1:12-13), but also informs every aspect of our community and individual lives (Phil 2:4-11; Titus 2:11-14). It calls us to love God and love others by living sacrificial, servanthearted,
generous and risk-taking lives for Christ (John 15:12; 1 John 3:16-18; 1 John 4:9-11).
2. A praying community
We recognize that God is the agent of mission and the ‘builder’ of his church (Matt 16:18; Acts 1:8). We acknowledge our dependence on him for the forward movement of the gospel through the church and in people’s lives (Acts 4:23-31; Ephesians 2:1-10). We therefore commit ourselves to constantly calling upon God (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:14; Colossians 4:2) to pour out his Spirit on his church so that his people will be assured of his love through his Word (Romans 5:5), and seek to please him in all things (1 Corinthian 10:31-33).
3. A Bible-shaped community
We want our lives and life together as a community to be formed and shaped by the Bible’s story of redemption (2 Peter 1: 12-21; Hebrews 1:1-2). We believe the Bible to be the reliable, authoritative and sufficient Word of God (Matthew 4:4; John 10:35; Hebrews 4:12), and therefore submit ourselves to it (James 1:22-25). We believe the preaching of the Word is God’s primary means of grace to grow us spiritually (1 Corinthians 2:1-5; 1 Timothy 4:13). We are committed to learning, studying and putting into practice what we read in the Scriptures, believing it contains all we need for life and godly living (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16).
4. A worshipping community
We love to meet together in corporate worship, realizing that it most closely reflects the future that God’s calls us into (Revelation 5; 19:1-7). Our Worship Services are designed for believers to worship God (Psalm 95:1-7; 1 Corinthians 14:26-40; Hebrews 10:25). We are not a “seeker service” in that we do not place our highest priority for gathering together on winning seekers, but rather on equipping believers and enabling them to worship as a corporate community (Acts 2:42; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Hebrews 10:24; 1 Peter 4:9- 10; 1 John 1:7). However, the seeker is very important to us and thus every attempt is made to use our worship as an opportunity for the seeker to meet God, We believe biblical worship is an excellent way to expose the seeker to God’s Word and God’s people (1 Corinthians 14:23-25).
5. A family of families
We are committed to strengthening the family life of every family in the church, recognizing that when the family unit is strong, so the church (family of families) will be strong (Ephesian 5:22-6:9; Titus 2:1-15; 1 Timothy 3:14-16). We are also committed to sharing our lives in Christian community, caring for one another (Galatians 6:2; 1 Corinthians 12:25), discipling one another (Matthew 28:19; Romans 15:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 10:24), and serving one another (Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10). We want people who call themselves followers of Christ to live out their identity of being the church (Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:9-12), instead of merely attending the church.
6. A missionary community
We are committed to telling others the good news about Jesus in the context of a loving, caring community (Luke 10:25-37; Matthew 5:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17-6:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:12; Titus 2:7-8). As we build relationships with people and share the gospel message with
them (Colossians 4:5-6; 1 Peter 3:15-16) we also introduce them to Christian community (John 17:20-23). We are committed to welcoming broken people and making the church accessible to unbelievers because all people are precious in God’s sight (Genesis 9:6; Acts 17:26-28; 2 Peter 3:9). We are committed to planting new churches as God opens up opportunities for us
to do so, believing that this is an important way that God grows his church (Acts 14:21-28; cf. 1 Corinthians 3:6-9).
7. A community working for renewal of society
We recognize no sacred secular divide, and that Christ is Lord over all (Genesis 1:1; John 3:16). We are therefore committed to serving our society in areas of need (Galatians 6:10a; 1 Peter 2:11-12; Titus 2:7-10). While we understand that our society’s greatest need is gospel renewal, we will encourage one another to glorify God and serve others in all areas of life: the workplace, business, community projects, etc., believing that all activities no matter how mundane ought to be done to the glory of God (1 Thessalonians 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17).