What We Believe
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
Most people agree - there's a problem with the world. Something has gone wrong and needs to be fixed. The gospel of Jesus tells us that God has sent His Son into our world to do something about that problem. Through His death on the cross, taking our sin upon Himself, and His resurrection from the dead bringing us life, He has fixed the problem and brought us back to the relationship we were meant to have with God.
Jesus becomes the substitute for our sin and allows us to live in mercy and grace with God and with others. His resurrection gives us life and a new identity. This message is the good news of the Kingdom of heaven that we take into our communities.
Our faith in Jesus brings us to a place of worship. We communicate what we believe about God and the gospel corporately and personally. Our services at New Covenant are times that cause us to worship, think, confess, hear the gospel explained, and be together as a family.
Worship is also personal. In the context of our busy lives we encourage all to be engaged with the Scriptures, prayer, and study, so that we grow in our faith together.
How can we begin to provide ample opportunity for people inside and outside our church to truly begin to know each other? We believe the answer is found in Life Groups.
A life group is a collection of people who gather together on a regular basis to create an authentic time to share their lives, grow in their faith, and build lasting relationships with one another. People gather in homes, coffee shops, garages, working towards relationship together, spiritual maturity, social activity, and social service.
Reasons to belong to a local church are clear from scripture. We hope the following information will be helpful in understanding what makes the church viable as the visible church and clearly stresses membership as a benefit for spiritual growth.
Four Reasons for Membership:
- A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the Church
- A Cultural Reason: It is an antidote to the current consumer mentality in our society
- A Practical Reason: It defines who can be counted on
- A Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth
Five Statements on Membership:
- Membership says, “I belong here.” (Hebrews 10:23-25)
- Membership says, “We share the same ministry goals.” Followers of Jesus Christ are to be committed to one another for the sake of spiritual impact. Jesus has a work to do in Broward County and around the world, and you are willing to join with others to see that it gets done (Ephesians 4:16).
- Membership says, “I accept responsibility to be a part of the family of God.” You want to be a part of a caring network of people, sharing one another's joys, sorrows, and helping one another grow (Galatians 6:1-2).
- Membership says, “I am accountable to other followers of Jesus Christ for my walk with God.” You don't want to go it alone in standing for Jesus Christ, and you want to receive guidance, equipping, and assistance necessary to remain on target (Hebrews 13:17).
- Membership says, “I am a good steward for how things are done here.” Members serve equally and willingly. Every member and every task is essential to God's work in us and the world.(1Corinthians 12:20-27).
New Covenant also desires to see our culture healed and renewed socially. Through compassionate living, social involvement, and partnering with the social organizations of our area, we hope to see the culture and city around us restored and healed through the gospel.
Where there is injustice, justice. Where there is brokenness, wholeness.
CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
Here at New Covenant we are aware of the culture in which we live and work. We desire to be involved in the life of our community and world. We believe in the redemption of culture by supporting the arts, sciences, and work of others. The message of Jesus affects the way we see art, beauty, and truth in this world. It causes us to interact with skeptics, doubters, and believers alike.
In all these things New Covenat hopes to walk together in love, to become better individuals, in better relationships with each other, and building a better community around us.
Our Statement of Faith
New Covenant Church is a part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Read more about the EPC here.
All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God's redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these additional Essentials of our faith:
We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God's free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
Jesus Christ will come again to the earth-personally, visibly, and bodily-to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus." (Rev. 22:20) The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us." He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2:10)
These Essentials are set forth in greater detail in the Westminster Confession of Faith.
THE E.P.C. STATEMENT ON MARRIAGE
The Evangelical Presbyterian Church grieves today’s ruling of the Supreme Court, which illustrates the continued disregard for the biblical, traditional, Judeo-Christian values upon which the foundation of our nation was established. As a church, we continue to rest our faith in the sovereign God and the authority of His Holy Word. We pray faithfully for our nation and our leaders as so commanded by Scripture.
We bear no malice toward those with a same-sex attraction; in fact, we love them with the love of Christ. However, as a church we must adhere to the biblical definition of marriage, rather than a cultural one.
We recognize that civil governments adopt policies that do not align with biblical values. However, those policies must never require that people of faith abandon the clear teaching of Scripture, forfeit the right to proclaim those truths, or change their beliefs or practices.