In essential beliefs - we seek unity
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit - just as you were called - one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (Ephesians 4:2-6)
We affirm the high value of this scripture and seek to practice it at New Heights Church.
In non-essential beliefs - we allow liberty
"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls... Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind... So then each of us will give an account of himself to God... So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God." (Romans 14:1, 4, 5, 12, 22)
In all things - love
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35)
"If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have a faith that can move mountains but have not love, I am nothing." (1 Corinthians 13:2)
"The whole point of what we're urging is simply love - love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God." (1 Timothy 1:5)
OUR CORE VALUES
The good news about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is the focus of our mission. It's all about Jesus, it's all for Jesus, and Jesus gets all the credit.
We are all baptized by one Spirit. We actively seek and expect the Holy Spirit’s guidance, direction and empowerment.
We read it, meditate on it, teach it, and apply it to our lives by embracing Biblical values as a lifestyle.
Intimate and passionate worship fuels what we do, and it sensitizes us to God's power and presence. It's our highest calling. The Lover of our souls delights in our delight of Him.
Like worship, prayer is an important part of our relationship with Jesus. We believe that prayer changes things. We embrace the Biblical reality that spiritual warfare is the context of our lives. Prayer is a powerful spiritual resource in our battle to advance the Kingdom.
We believe all people matter to God. We believe that we are especially called to care for the hurting, the broken, the poor, and the marginalized. We are a healing community.
We are relationship driven in every area of ministry. We share life through Christ-centered small groups. We have a relational approach to evangelism and discipleship.
We work to make disciples both locally and globally, from every race and culture. We send out workers and plant churches so that “the Lamb who was slain will receive the reward for His suffering."
Within the bounds of historic Christianity, we will focus on the Savior who unites us and the essential truths of scripture rather than smaller issues that divide us.
God calls every believer to serve, and gives them gifts to use, therefore we release people to serve. On Sunday mornings we encourage people to worship one service and serve one
We're all called to serve, so we serve together. Two are always better that one. Teams provide encouragement, accountability, and increased effectiveness as we serve together
We embrace sacrificial living and generous giving as a way of life. We leverage our time, talents, influence, and financial resources for Christ’s Kingdom.
WE BELIEVE (OUR ESSENTIALS):
- There is one God, eternally existing in three co-equal Persons (Romans 8; Ephesians 1:13-14).
- God, out of love for his children, sent his son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, and to rise from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-8).
- The Bible is the inspired word of God and is the final authority in life and doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16).
- Salvation is a free gift of God. The death of Christ on the cross is the only sufficient payment for our sins. All have sinned, but all can be saved. This salvation is available for any who put their trust in Christ as Savior (Romans 3:23, 6:23; John 3:16).
- Those trusting Christ should repent of sin, confess their faith, and be baptized (Romans 10:9; Acts 2:38).
- The church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit to continue the task of reaching the lost and discipling the saved, helping them become fully devoted followers of Christ (Ephesians 4:1-16).
- Christ will one day return and reign forever (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
- When we die, we will either be eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through faith in Jesus. (John 3:16; John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:10,15)