Helping people find and follow Jesus
We're all created as worshippers. Everything we do is an expression of worship. We want people to engage in authentic worship of the triune God of the universe. Worship includes gospel-centered singing, praying, preaching, and generosity. We want our big worship gatherings to center on Jesus. He will be the focus of our prayers, songs and teaching.
God is relational and He created us in His own image. We are relational beings in need of relationship with our creator and each other. We believe the Christian life is designed to be lived in community, which is why we have created gospel-centered community groups where discipleship can happen in the natural rhythms of our lives.
Every follower of Jesus should be taught what it means to authentically follow Jesus and in turn always be pouring that into someone else. We believe discipleship happens best in relational circles so that people can create the proper space to encourage one another, develop real friendships, confess sin and mature in their faith. We believe relational and small group environments can help best facilitate the multiplication of gospel-centered disciples.
God didn’t redeem us through Jesus so that we could sit on the sideline of life or huddle up in a Christian bubble on a church campus. We are created for mission, for risk, for a life spent in the cause of Jesus and His Kingdom expansion. We are called into that great adventure as we live out being the church in Asheville and to the ends of the earth for His glory.
We believe everyone has a part to play in the grand redemptive plan of history. Whether it’s serving at a local homeless shelter with a community group, or traveling to a far away place with the good news of Jesus…we want to help you find your place in God’s story.
What We Believe
New Life Community Church is a family that overflows with grace. Our focus is on the life-transforming nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our theology (the things we believe about God) is grounded in the following statement of faith:
We believe the sixty-six books that compose the Bible are God’s true and trustworthy words which He has given us to guide us in life and are the source and final authority upon which we base our core beliefs. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21; John 17:17)
We believe in only one true God who eternally exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each Person is fully God and there is one God. (Matthew 28:19-21; Ephesians 1:3-14; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as our substitute for the payment of sin, and rose from the dead. (John 1:1-18; Matthew 1:18-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5)
We believe the Holy Spirit lives in all believers, leads and empowers them in the pursuit of holiness and truth, and equips them for service in the Church. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22; John 14:16-18, 26; 16:13-14; 1 Corinthians 12:11)
We believe all who are in Christ are now spiritually alive, new creations, chosen by God as His holy, forgiven, and dearly loved children. This new identity in Christ is the foundation for a daily growing victory over the power of sin and the lies of Satan. (Ephesians 1:7; 2:4-5; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:12; Romans 6:11-14; Galatians 5:1, 16-18, 25)
We believe Men and women are made in the image of God, but because of sin are spiritually dead and have no hope apart from God’s salvation. Salvation is only possible because of the work of Christ and Christ is the only way by which people can have spiritual life that results in peace with God. (Genesis 1:26-27; Ephesians 2:1-2, 5, 12; Colossians 1:27; John 14:7; Romans 5:1)
We believe all of salvation is by the grace of God through faith in Christ and those whom God saves are saved for all eternity. (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 10:27-29; Romans 8:29-30, 38-39; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
We believe God created humankind male and female, and that these two distinct, yet complementary genders together reflect the image of God. We believe God’s design for marriage from the very beginning of creation was that it be a life-long exclusive union between one man and one woman. God’s design for this relationship was for procreation, personal pleasure, and the completion of His original creative purpose to fill the earth, as well as act as His representatives in it. We believe sex is a gift from God to be enjoyed in the context of a monogamous heterosexual marriage relationship between a husband and his wife. Consequently, all sexual activity outside that relationship is sinful. It is God’s expectation that the married live in faithfulness to their spouse, and that the unmarried should live pure and celibate lives. [Gen 1:26-28; 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Lev 18:1-30; Matt 19: 4-6; Rom 1:26-29; 7:2; 1 Cor 5:1; 6:9; 7:10; Eph 5:1-3; 5:22-32; 1 Thess 4:1-8; Heb 13:4]
We believe the Church is a community of those who are children of God through faith in Christ who seek to show their love for God through worship, service, and sacrifice. The Church is called to regularly remember the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Christ through baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:11-16; John 14:15; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe Christ will return to establish a new heaven and a new earth and there will be a judgment that results in eternal punishment for the unrighteous or eternal perfection for the righteous. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 21:1; Hebrews 9:27-28; Matthew 25:31-46; 2 Peter 3:13)
This statement of faith doesn’t exhaust the extent of our beliefs. Because we believe the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God, we look to it as the final authority on all matters of truth, morality and the proper conduct of mankind. It is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the purposes of New Life’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, governance and discipline, our Elder Team is the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.