Belief requires a response. The values that shape and define us as a church are our particular response to the biblical truths we embrace. Simply put, our values are the practical expressions of the things we believe. Therefore our values are very important to us. They help us to shape our church into what we believe God wants us to be.
We earnestly want our church to be a taste of heaven for everyone who comes along.
Our values are:
1) The Gospel: To be a part of New Life is to love the gospel. The gospel is our central message, and the lens through which we view life. This finds expression in our confidence in the gospel to transform lives, in our heart for evangelism, as a foundation for our sanctification, as a source of our joy in God, and as an impetus for worship.
2) Passion for God: To be a part of New Life is to cultivate growing affections for God. We never want our relationship with God to become passive or apathetic, but we desire to be ever growing in our love for our Saviour. This finds expression in our corporate worship, our intentional pursuit of the spiritual disciplines, our love for God’s word, the joy and gratitude that we seek to cultivate—hopefully, this will be seen in all that we do as a church.
3) Sound Doctrine: To be a part of New Life is to value sound doctrine, to grow in our knowledge of biblical truth, and to apply this truth to our lives. This finds expression in our commitment to Scripture, our high view of preaching, and the emphasis on application of truth in our care groups.
4) The Holy Spirit: To be a part of New Life is to value the active presence of God and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. This finds expression in our emphasis on corporate worship, our appreciation of and earnest desire for spiritual gifts, times of personal ministry in care groups and after the Sunday meeting, and an overall desire to cultivate a lifestyle of faith-filled dependence upon God.
5) Sanctification: To be a part of New Life is to pursue growth in godliness. This finds expression in our emphasis on small groups, our pursuit of biblical fellowship, and our desire to apply the truth of God to our lives in every way possible.
6) Relationships: To be a part of New Life is to value and to be committed to relationships—as both a source of joy and a channel of God’s grace. This finds expression in our care groups, our pursuit of biblical fellowship, our emphasis on family life, marriage and parenting training, our appreciation of and care for singles, the practice of hospitality, and countless other ways.
7) Servanthood: To be a part of New Life is to embrace the value of servanthood. Jesus calls all His followers to embrace servanthood as the mark of true greatness, and we are blessed with an abundance of true servants. This finds expression in a wide variety of ministry teams, small groups, our cultivation of spiritual gifts, and in an endless array of both formal church contexts (e.g., the Sunday meeting) and informal life settings.
8) Evangelism/Mission: To be a part of New Life is to be consistently reminded of our privilege and responsibility to share the gospel, individually and corporately.
Our values are not laws that stop us doing new things but rather a framework that helps us navigate the way ahead for us as a church, helping us to keep on track, moving forward effectively.