Our Pastoral team Stephen and Jenny Reddish has a vision of discipling believers into reaching their full potential in Christ, reaching the world with the Good News of Jesus and creating an Oasis for people to find rest and comfort through authentic relationship with the Trinity of God and other Christians.
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� WHO IS NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES?
� OVERSIGHT AND MINISTRY
� WE BELIEVE
� SOME BASIC PRACTICES OF OUR ASSEMBLY
WHO IS NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES?
New Life Christian Ministries (NLCM) is a Pentecostal church that began early in 1987. NLCM formerly known as The Rock Christian Ministries was founded by Pastor Michael York. The church began meeting in Magee Street Ashcroft and it is now located at ELIM house Cnr Bathurst and Moore streets Liverpool.
In 1995 we linked with several other churches to become part of the emerging family of Life Church International.
The unique ministry of NLCM can be directly attributed to the influences of Pastors Michael York and Roger Waters. The meetings are relaxed and informal, focusing on authentic worship and fellowship. Our members see themselves as part of the local church of JESUS Christ in the Southwestern area of Sydney. We believe in the charismatic functioning of all believers and our meetings are structured to facilitate active participation by all members.
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OVERSIGHT AND MINISTRY
Organizationally, we believe in the government of local Church by Elders and Deacons as they are defined in the New Testament (e.g., Acts 15:1-4 NIV). We believe all the ministries operative in the early church are still relevant today. Therefore, we acknowledge our need to be exposed to Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. Because these are not necessarily contained in every fellowship, we need exposure to “outside” ministry on a regular basis. We believe these Ministries will all continue to be needed “to equip God’s people for works of service, so that the Body of Christ may be built up, UNTIL WE ALL reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV). We also view the various ministries listed in Acts, Romans 12 (Prophesying, Serving, Teaching, Encouraging, Contributing to the needs of others, Leadership and Showing mercy) and 1 Corinthians 12 (Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miraculous powers, Prophecy, Distinguishing between spirits and speaking in different kinds of Tongues) as all still being relevant today. The emphasis here is on activating the “priesthood of all believers”, rather than building a “Support Squad” for one or two ministries.
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- God is a triune being – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- In the centrality and eternal divinity of Jesus Christ, God’s Son – our Saviour, our only Saviour. Jesus said, “No man comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 NIV). We affirm there is no other way to be reconciled and relate to God except through Jesus Christ.
- In the inspiration and continued relevance of God’s word, the Bible, to men and women today; that it is the final authority over the areas it addresses. God’s word highlights… God – who He is; Man – who he was meant to be, and what he’s become through sin and the Fall. Redemption – God’s plan of recovery for those who turn to Him.
- In Baptism by immersion in water as an essential ingredient for growing up in Christ – obeying the command of Mathew 28:19 and Acts 2:38-39.
- In being filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues as a scriptural experience for today – available to all believers for the purpose of edifying and empowering their lives.
- In the operation of the grace gifts of the Holy Spirit, in our daily lives and services; and that these gifts (as referred to in Romans 12 & 1 Corinthians 12) are still available to “each and every believer” (12:11). This includes praying for healing, material provision, guidance, job hunting etc.
- That through His death on the cross, Christ triumphed over Satan and the kingdom of darkness (Colossians 2:15). Satan is a defeated foe. However, we recognize the continued activity of “powers of darkness” under the lordship of Satan. We are also told in Ephesians 6:10-18 we are in a continual “struggle” against these demonic forces – from a position of authority “In Christ Jesus”.
STATEMENTS OF OUR PRINCIPLES:
- We celebrate communion regularly (1 Corinthians 11:26), inviting other sincere believers to participate with us. We encourage children to share in it too, with proper parental oversight and education.
- Marriage is a lifelong commitment exclusively between a man and a woman (as defined by DNA) in love and fidelity. We celebrate fidelity in marriage and celibacy in singleness.
- We celebrate the dedication of infants/babies, as a recognition of God’s gift of life and our stewardship of that life.
- We celebrate life, for the Lord created our inner most being and according to Psalm 139:16 “all our days were ordained for us… before one of them came to be,” therefore we believe in the sanctity of life and that humanity has no authority over the number of days of their life.
You may find our form of worship a little different to what you have been accustomed. The following will give you some scriptures to explain the way we worship God in our meeting.
WHY DO WE STAND TO SING?
- After this I looked and before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” (Rev.7:9-10 NIV)
WHY DO WE CLAP OUR HANDS?
- Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. (Psalm 47:1 NIV)
WHY DO WE LIFT OUR HANDS?
- I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. (1 Tim. 2:8 NIV)
WHY DO WE HAVE AUDIBLE PRAISE TO GOD?
- Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. (Rev. 19:6 NIV)
WHY DO WE SING IN TONGUES AND IN ENGLISH?
- For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. (1 Cor. 14:14-15) NIV)
WHY DO WE SING CHORUSES AS WELL AS HYMNS?
- Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Col. 3:16 NIV)
WHY DO WE PROPHESY?
- But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. ( 1 Cor. 14:3NIV)
- If anyone speaks in a tongue, two or at the most three should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. ( 1Cor. 14:27 NIV).