In order to achieve our vision of being a diverse community that proclaims the Gospel and makes disciples for the glory of God and the renewal of our city, we must hold these essential values.
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This is the core of all our other values. The gospel is the message of God’s saving work through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The gospel tells us God’s overarching redemptive plan in history and it transforms the lives of individual people by canceling their debt of sin and restoring their relationship with God.
(Mark 1:14, Romans 1:16, Ephesians 2:1-10, 1 Corinthians 15:1-5)
The gospel is revealed in truth through the scriptures of the Old and New Testament by pointing us to the person and work of Jesus Christ. The scriptures and the person of Christ are God’s revelation to us, communicating what we are to believe about Him and what His will is for our lives. As a church we are committed to God’s truth and this is expressed through preaching directly from the scriptures and building the church’s beliefs and practices exclusively on Bible.
(Psalm 86:11, John 14:6, 2nd Timothy 3:16)
The gospel brings new life. Because of sin, we once were spiritually dead but have been made alive in Christ. Through our union with the living God we find our deepest satisfaction, our reason for living, and our ultimate joy through our relationship with Him. This new vitality is expressed through earnest prayer, vibrant worship, and ultimately walking with God in all of life by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
(John 4:23-24, Ephesians 2:1-5, 1 Peter 2:4-5)
The gospel not only changes how we relate to God but also how we treat one another. Having been adopted as God the Father’s children, we now relate to one another as family, and pursue authentic relationships with each other. We will care for, encourage, lovingly confront, and walk in genuine love for one another as we grow together in Christ. We seek to be a diverse family, which is only explainable through the gospel.
(Acts 2:42-47, Ephesians 4:1-6, 1 John 3:14-18)
The gospel must now be proclaimed by Jesus’ disciples in every sphere of society while making his mercy tangible to the suffering. New City Fellowship will engage in this mission in our homes, neighborhoods, city, and ultimately to the ends of the earth. Our church meetings are a welcome place for both the spiritually disengaged and the skeptical, and we will walk with people in love regardless of their doubts or struggles.
(Matthew 28:19, Acts 13:1-3, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21)