The Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
In One God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
That Jesus Christ is true God and true Man, having being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection provide the only ground for justification salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and, thus, become children of God.
That water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation.
That the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head.
That only those who are, thus, members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.
That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.
In the personal and premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this "Blessed Hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
In the bodily resurrection of the dead: of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgement and everlasting conscious punishment
Many people have questions concerning water baptism. Often confusion about the subject is due to traditions and practices in previous churches and the present failure to carefully study what the Bible says about water baptism. Here is some information that we hope you will find helpful in your quest to fully know God, His Word and His will for your life.
+ What is Christian Baptism?
Christian baptism is a public identification declaring “I am a follower of Jesus Christ.” It is a public testimony of what has taken place spiritually in our innermost being. The symbolic meaning is explained in Romans 6:1-4 and is best portrayed in baptism by immersion. When a person goes under the water, he or she identifies with the death of Jesus Christ. To come up out of the water is symbolic of the resurrection of Christ out of death and walking in newness of life.
+ Who should be baptized?
Those who respond to the Gospel should be baptized. Biblical examples include the people of Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41), the people of Samaria (Acts 8:12-13), the people of Samaria (Acts 8:35-38), Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9:17-18), the Philippian jailer and his family (Acts 16:30-33), etc. In each case, they first believed and then were baptized (Acts 10:44-48). It was always those who, of their own will, responded to the Gospel that were baptized. This is why we refer to it as “Believer’s Baptism.” It is for those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.
Given the absence of examples for infant baptism in the Scriptures, we instead practice infant dedication with those who are not yet old enough to receive Christ. We look to the example of Hannah dedicating the infant Samuel to the Lord (I Samuel 1:21-28) as our Biblical precedent for doing so. If you are interested in dedicating your child to the Lord, please contact the church office.
+ What is the meaning and purpose of baptism?
Through water baptism we proclaim our identification with Jesus Christ in his death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:1-7, Col. 2:12)
Baptism is not a part of our salvation, but a major step in discipleship. Salvation is experienced totally by grace through faith. It is a free gift of God to all who will believe in Christ and receive Him (Ephesians 2:8-9, John 1:12, John 3:16)
In identifying with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection, and in identifying with the local and universal Church, we proclaim the fact that we died unto sin, were buried with Christ (Romans 6:6-7) and are raised with Him and share His risen life. We also proclaim the fact that the Holy Spirit has baptized, or placed us into the body of Christ. In that body, the church and each believer has a specific function. “One body — many members.” (I Corinthians 12:12-14)
+ Why should I be baptized?
Our Lord was baptized. (Matthew 3:13-17)
It symbolized the great redemptive work He was to do at Calvary in dying, being buried, and raised from the dead. It identified Him with lost sinners in His death, even though He was sinless. He established an example for us to follow; in being identified with Him as His disciples.
Our Lord commanded it. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Shortly before Jesus left this earth, He commanded His disciples to go and make disciples, to baptize them, and to teach them all that He had commanded them. These are the three principle mandates of His Great Commission.
The early church practiced it. (Acts 2:41)
Baptism was a vital practice of the Early Church, both in the New Testament and the church history that followed, and they have left an excellent example for us to follow today as well.
+ What is my next step?
New Life holds baptism services several times a year. If you desire to be baptized, watch for bulletin announcements and instructions for the next scheduled service or contact the New Life office at (303) 368-7567
Infant and Child Dedication
Note: child dedication is not baptism. Neither does dedication provide salvation for the child. New Life Community Church believes public water baptism is to be reserved as an outward sign for those who have inwardly chosen to be cleansed from sin by confession and faith in Christ.
Child dedication is simply a private and public act by which parents signify that they will raise their children in a righteous and godly environment, involving both the home and faithful commitment to the church.
Parents should set this example in the home by maintaining faithful prayer and church attendance. Home training and family devotional times can be a model for your children in Christian living and service.
+ What We believe about Dedication . . .
Public child dedication to God is scripture-based-- from Hannah’s dedication of Samuel, (I Samuel 1:19-28) and Mary and Joseph’s dedication of Jesus (Luke 2:21-22). It is a holy time of heart commitment by parents to offer their children as a living sacrifice to the Lord for his use and glory.
Public child dedication is actually a “parent dedication” in the sense of the desire and commitment of your heart. It is, first of all your statement of personal faith in Jesus Christ, and your desire that your home be a place where His Word is lived, honored and obeyed. In order for you to dedicate your child to God, you must have first offered yourself to Him. It is inconsistent for an unsaved parent to offer their child to the Lord if they have not first offered their own life to Christ.
If you have questions as to what this means or uncertainty as to your personal salvation, please contact one of our pastors. We want you to know Jesus personally, so you can truly be God’s instrument in your child’s life.
+ How to proceed . . .
At New Life Community Church we currently hold child dedication services on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and at other times upon request. You may request a specific service time, but we may ask you to be flexible, depending on what is scheduled for the services on a given date.
In most cases bulletin announcements will be made several weeks prior to each scheduled dedication service. Parents will be asked to schedule with the church office at least one week in advance (303-368-7567), and to provide information for a dedication certificate, as well as a digital picture of the child to be displayed on the screen during the dedication portion of the service (optional). Other family members may stand up with you during the dedication if you so choose.
It is our prayer that this time of dedication will be precious in the sight of God and a wonderful, meaningful experience for you and your family.
+ WHAT IS COMMUNION?
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is a time of remembrance that Jesus himself established. During his last meal with the disciples the Bible says, “and he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you’” (Luke 22:19-20)
The elements of food and drink point to the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross in order to accomplish the salvation of men and women. We receive salvation by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). Communion is a celebration of the sacrifice of Christ for the forgiveness of our sin. In this sense, Communion is a declaration of Christ’s death, burial, resurrection and a proclamation of his return, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (I Corinthians 11:26).
+ WHY DO WE OBSERVE COMMUNION?
Communion is an act of worship. It celebrates the incredible act of grace whereby the Son of God humbled himself and took the form of a servant to suffer and die for our sins (Philippians 2:5-11). It is an act of remembering what he did for us: “And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you, do this in remembrance of me’” (I Corinthians 11:24). Communion is also an act of faith in the work of Christ until he returns.
+ HOW OFTEN IS COMMUNION OBSERVED AT NEW LIFE?
Jesus commanded his disciples to eat and drink “in remembrance of me,” therefore, Communion should be observed on a regular basis. Churches vary in how often they observe Communion. At New Life we usually observe Communion on the first Sunday of each month. It is a great blessing to the family of God. It is an expression of worship, an opportunity to give thanks, a time to reflect, and a chance to celebrate, all because of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
+ WHO SHOULD TAKE COMMUNION?
Since Jesus shared the first Communion with his disciples and since it is an act of remembering what he has done for us, it is fitting that only those who have made a faith commitment to Christ to observe Communion. If you have questions about what it means to make a faith commitment to Christ, we would love to talk with you. Simply contact us and we will be sure to help you in this endeavor. At New Life Community Church we do not require membership in order to take Communion.
+ SHOULD MY CHILDREN TAKE COMMUNION?
We encourage followers of Christ of any age to remember and celebrate what Christ has done for us. Many Christian parents use this time as a way to teach their children about the significance of Christ’s sacrifice for our sin.
+ WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT COMMUNION?
You can investigate Communion for yourself by reading the following passages: Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-30, and I Corinthians 11:17-34.