New Spring Church
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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Our Beliefs

 

 
Here are some of our basic beliefs at New Spring Church:
 
The Bible - The Holy Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired, and it is God's revelation of Himself to us. God is its author, and it is without any error.  All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.
 
God - There is one, and only one, living and true God.  He reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
 
God the Father - He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving and all-wise.  He reigns with providential care over His universe and creatures, and the flow of human history goes according to His purposes and plan.
 
God the Son -  Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  In His incarnation, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.  He bodily arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
 
God the Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and the third person of the Trinity.  He exalts Christ and guides people into all truth.  He convicts us of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.  The Holy Spirit cultivates Christian character, comforts believers and gives spiritual gifts by which believers serve God.  He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption.  The Holy Spirit's presence in the lives of believers is the assurance of God to bring us into the fullness of the stature of Christ.
 
People - People are made in the image of God and are the supreme object of God's creation.  Every person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.  All people are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin.  Sin separates people from God and causes many problems in life.  
 
Salvation - Salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must accept it.  We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty.  When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.  We are eternally secure.  Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity.  If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" your salvation.  Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.  It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
 
The Church - A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by their common faith and fellowship with Jesus.  A local church is to observe the two ordinanaces: (1) baptism and (2) the Lord's Supper.  The church should exercise their God-given gifts and extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth.  The church is an autonomous body serving under the Lordship of Christ.  All members are equally responsible as they serve with the Scriptural officers of the church, the pastors and the deacons.
 
Baptism by Immersion - We believe that Scriptural baptism must be: (1) by being completely immersed under the water and (2) after salvation.  Jesus was immersed and all baptisms in the New Testament were by immersion.  These two facts set the standard for baptism today.  Baptism has no saving power, but it is the first act of obedience that symbolizes (1) the believer's faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, (2) the believer's death to sin and resurrection to walk anew in Christ, and (3) the Christian's belief that he will die, be buried, and that Jesus will resurrect Him from the dead.
 
The Lord's Supper - The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby believers remember the death of the Lord Jesus and anticipate His second coming.  The bread is symbolic of Christ's body, and the juice represents His blood.
 
Evangelism and Missions - It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all people and all nations.  It is the command of Christ for every believer to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by all other methods in harmony with the Gospel of Christ.
 
Giving - God is the source of all blessings.  All that we have and are, we owe to Him.  We believe in giving the tithe - ten percent of our income - as the Biblical standard of giving.  The tithe is to be given as an undesignated offering to the "storehouse" ministry of a local church.  According to the Scriptures, we are to give cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer's cause on earth.  In addition, we consider giving offerings above the tithe to be a privilege.
 
Unity - To live in harmony with other believers is clearly the teaching of the New Testament.  It is the responsibility of each believer to endeavor to live in fellowship with each member of the congregation.  It is further the responsibility of each member to bring all gossiping and backbiting to an end.
 
Family - God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society.  It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood or adoption.  Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image.  A husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church.  He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family.  A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.  She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.  Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage.