New City Church

OUR BELIEFS

The following are the core beliefs of New City Church based on the foundational truths taught in the bible. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with the doctrines of the church. Anyone seeking God and wanting to learn more of the teachings of Christ is welcome and will not be excluded from attending Celebration Church.

We welcome all people.

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God

God is the Creator and Ruler of all things visible, invisible, past, present, and future. He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal, co-eternal and are one God.

(Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:14; John 14:9; Matthew 3:16,17; John 10:30; John 14: 16-20)

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Eternity

Mankind was created To exist forever.  We were created to have fellowship with God; but through Adam's disobedience, sin separated us from God who is our source of life. After death, we will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with Him through forgiveness and salvation.

(John 3:3-5,16, I John 2:25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15; II Corinthians 5:17; Matthew 25:41; Acts 4:12; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 19:20; Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23; Roman 5:12)

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Jesus

Jesus Is The Son Of God, the Christ, the Anointing of God, the Messiah, and the Savior of the world. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was born fully human and fully divine. Jesus came to earth as God in the midst of mankind and was conceived of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless human life, suffered terribly, and was crucified for one single purpose - to pay the price for the sin of all who accept Him as Lord and Savior. After He died, He was buried, resurrected in bodily form on the third day, and ascended into Heaven, where He took His seat at the right hand of the Father. His present ministry is in Heaven where He prays and intercedes for all believers.

The future ministry of Jesus will begin when He fulfills His promise to come again to this earth. When He returns He will raise the dead, judge all humanity, and then rule forever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

(Philippians 2:7,8; John 1:14; Romans 5:15-17; Colossians 2:9; 1 John 1:1; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-38; 1 John 3:8; Galatians 3:13; Colossians 2:14,15; Luke 23:44-24:8; John 20:24-29; I Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1; Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11, 10:39-42; I Peter 4:5; I Thessalonians 4:16,17)

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Salvation

Salvation Is A Gift From God. We can never erase our sin by self-improvement or good works. Salvation and forgiveness of sins is only received by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin's penalty.

(Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:17; Ephesians 2:8,9; I Peter 1:18,19; I John 1:7-9)

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The holy spirit

The Holy Spirit Is Equal With The Father And The Son As God And Is Our Helper. The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make mankind aware of their need for Jesus Christ and to guide, comfort, teach, and empower believers. It is He who helps unbelievers see the truth of the Gospel in a clear light. When unbelievers respond to the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, they receive eternal life and are filled with a new nature - God's.

(John 15:26; John 16:5-15; I Corinthians 3:16, 12:13; II Timothy 1:14; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 4:29; Galatians 5)

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water baptism

Water Baptism is a washing in water to symbolize the action of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s heart and to identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we are saved, we are “buried” with Christ and “rise” to newness of life, our sins are “washed away,” and we are cleansed. Water baptism is our outward expression. The salvation expression, which has occurred in our heart.

(1 Peter 3:21; Acts 22:16; Colossians 2:12; Luke 3:21-22; Mark 1:45; Matthew 28:19-20)

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Baptism in the
holy spirit

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift that the Holy Spirit makes available to each believer and one that Jesus told us to expect. The first work of the Holy Spirit is to fill us with power to be able to witness and pray beyond our natural ability. The sign of this baptism is the gift of tongues, which is our heavenly prayer language. The book of Romans tells us that "We do not always know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God."

(Matthew 28:19; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2; 19:6; John 4:23; 14:16; Romans 8:26,27)

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the Church

The Church of Jesus Christ is the last instrument that God is using to extend His Kingdom prior to the second coming of Christ. We believe that every believer should be identified with the local expression of the church in order to fulfill his or her divine purpose.

(Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:20; 3:10; 4:16)

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the bible

The Bible Is God's Word. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.

The Holy Scriptures are from God and about God. In them, God reveals Himself to mankind. From Genesis to Revelation, God reveals His truth, His character, His attributes, and His divine plan for the redemption of mankind, whom He made in His own image.

The Scriptures are not a collection of the wisdom and insights of men. They are God’s truth, His own Word in His own words. The Apostle Peter tells us that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but by men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit and spoke from God.

(II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21, Psalm 119:89,105,160, Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 30:5; Romans 3:2)

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marriage

We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believes that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman.

(Genesis 2:18-25, 1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5, Hebrews 13:4)

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gender

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complimentary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.


(Genesis 1:26-27)

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sexuality

We believe that sexual relations outside of marriage (whether involving individuals of the same or opposite sex) are inconsistent with God’s design for our holiness and human flourishing. Marriage also serves as the foundational unit of a stable society and provides the best chance that children will grow up in the same home with both their mom and their dad.

(1 Corinthians 7:2, Matthew 15:18-20,
1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

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Sanctity Of life

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image from the moment of conception. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are called therefore to defend, protect, and value human life.

(Psalm 139)