Looking for some information on NLF? Well, you’ve come to the right place. If you have a question that is not addressed below, please contact us.
Why another church in an area that already has good churches?
No doubt, there are good churches in the New Columbia area--and we have respect for them and what they are doing. NLF isn’t in competition with other congregations. We’re here because we provide an alternative for those people looking for one: more informal, more relational, more life-related.
How did New Life Fellowship get started?
A group of people from the area, unsatisfied with the ritual and formality found in many churches, decided to look for a New Testament-based kind of life together. In Aril 2013 they became a church. We are thankful to be in this area so that we can continue to grow, numerically and spiritually.
Are you guys part of a denomination or larger group?
No, New Life is what is known as an “independent” assembly, meaning that all of its decisions are made within this local fellowship. We are part of a small network of churches that share the same desire for a meaningful relationship with God through Jesus Christ and a meaningful relationship with each other in Him.
What does NLF believe?
Many churches have long and complicated "doctrinal statements", detailing all the specific positions their members must adopt. We respect and uphold the privilege of every church to decide its own requirements for membership - but in New Life, we approach it differently. We don't want to divide genuine Christians over issues of individual conviction, and we don't want to straight-jacket any point of view that can develop and mature. So our core beliefs are simple. First, we believe that Jesus Christ was and is both God and Man, the fullness of Deity in human flesh. Second, we believe that having a relationship with God (often referred to as "salvation") is possible only through trust in the blood of Jesus, totally of God's grace and totally apart from any human efforts to earn that relationship. And third, we believe that everything else should be worked out together on the basis of God's Word and in the environment of genuine affection and biblical unity. If you have any questions about our beliefs on these core issues or on others topics, please feel free to get in touch.
What would I see if I dropped in sometime?
You’d see a small group of people who are a lot like you, with the same kinds of desires and hopes and struggles. Some come a bit “dressed up” while others definitely “dress down”; there’s no competition, because they know what God is concerned about is the inside. You’d see a lot of hugging and smiling and people enjoying being back together. You’d see children playing and giggling, as if being “in church” meant having a good time--because it does.
Once the meeting gets started, you’d see sharing and relating and connecting with each other, often around a central theme for that morning. You’d see people get a chance to pick songs they want to sing (rather than getting stuck with the songs on a bulletin). You’d see that our songs range from traditional hymns to more contemporary songs. You’d see a real spiritual “family”--sometimes tears, sometimes laughs, always growing together.
Then you’d see a short break, when people help themselves to snacks and a beverage, a very “homey” environment. After the break, you’d see a teaching presented from the Bible--and if you came back a few times, you’d see that the teachings are brought by different people. New Life Fellowship isn’t dominated by one person, by a main leader or pastor. We believe that God intended the church to be a shared experience, where each member has a significant place and part. You’d also see outlines and visual aids, because learning the Bible in an educational and practical way is very important to us. If you’re not used to toting a Bible around, that’s no problem. Our teachers usually have overheads to display the section we’re learning (though you’d also see free copies of the Bible on a nearby table). You’d see that we’re not big on any particular translation of the Bible; our teachers will use different versions at different times, so that the meaning and beauty of what God has said can be brought home to our heads and to our hearts. Right before the teaching is over, you’d see the opportunity for questions to be asked about what had been taught (when’s the last time you saw that?), to clear up any confusion or concerns.
That’s what you’d see if you visited us on a Sunday. But it may be more helpful to tell you what you wouldn’t see in an NLF meeting. You wouldn’t see a solemn ritual, people behaving as if going to church was equal to going to a funeral. You wouldn’t see an emphasis on the building, because God has clearly said His People are now His House. You wouldn’t see offerings or collections--not ever. Bottom line, you wouldn’t see what is usually seen in many other places: going through the Sunday routine with little or no sense of purpose for doing so, and little or no benefit in having done it. And you wouldn’t see that, frankly, because God is not interested in the Sunday routine. He has a much better, far more exciting reason for His People gathering together. He wants them to be the church. And so that’s what you’d see if you dropped in.
Sound intriguing? Then maybe we ought to see you. You are warmly invited to visit with us--we’d enjoy meeting you and getting to know you a little. About Us will tell you when, where, and how to find us. Or just contact us anytime for more information. We hope we’ve helped you understand NLF a little better here, and perhaps have kindled in you a desire to know more.
““In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. … And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory,glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
about Jesus Christ, from the gospel of John 1:1, 3, 14 (NASB)