The purpose of the church is to advance the rule of God on earth (Kingdom) by continuing the ministry of Jesus in word and deed through the power of the Spirit.

 Danny Steyne and Robin McMillan

Danny Steyne and Robin McMillan

We have a theology of Power

This view affirms the present day ministry of Jesus through spiritual gifts given to the church to win the lost, heal the sick, care for the poor, cast out demons, disciple people, and steward the earth as we live according to the Fruit of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

 

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   We also have a theology of pain

        Knowing that the kingdom will be consummated only, at the return of Christ. We learn how to suffer in Christ's name, but never to befriend sickness or pain. Our call is to participate with Jesus in destroying the works of the devil (1 John 3:8) and do only what we see the Father doing (John 5:19).

 

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                            BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW

           We do value and esteem scripture highly. It is important to note that a biblical worldview implies a spiritual or supernatural worldview. Another way to explain it would be Hebrew mindset over Greek mindset - Eastern worldview over Western worldview.

            Our goal at New Life is not so much that we adhere to Baptist doctrine as that we adhere to biblical doctrine. I don’t say this arrogantly, but it is clear that our church differs with most Baptist churches in our views of and practice of the gifts of the Spirit and the supernatural in general. In doctrine we hold to orthodox evangelical systematic theology. In practice and experience we are more charismatic. Charismatic is a term that means gifts practitioner. We embrace all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit enthusiastically.

            For these reasons we fellowship with a wide range of believers - evangelical, charismatic, traditional, contemporary, liturgical, contemplative, and more and we cheer them all on, because we all have a useful place in the kingdom and good work is being done in a wide variety of churches. Our hope is to bless the greater body of Christ for the sake of the world we live and work in.  “How good and pleasing it is when brothers dwell together in unity…for this is a place of commanded blessing" (Psalm 133).