BELIEFS


SCRIPTURE

- We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of scripture. The sixty six books of the Bible are inerrant, complete, and authoritative. Scripture is God's revelation and serves as the supreme standard for Christian and Church guidance. We believe in the literal, grammatical, and historical method of Biblical interpretation. (Psalm 138:2, 2 Tim. 3:14-17, Heb.4:12)


God

- We believe God is one and perfect in holiness, and we worship Him as such. God is all knowing and all powerful. He is intelligent, loving, and personal. As the Ruler of the universe, all honor and glory belongs to Him. God reveals himself as the Trinity, or three distinct persons, yet one in nature, essence, and being. (Eph. 1:14)


God the Father

- God the Father is our loving Creator who expresses a fatherly attitude towards His creation. He is sovereign and is ruling over all things. He has an eternal purpose to glorify His name and all things fit perfectly into His plan. (Gen. 1:1, Matt. 6:9, Rom. 8:14-15, 1 Cor. 8:6)


God the Son

God the Son is Jesus Christ who has eternally existed. Jesus came to earth to be born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. As the only human to live without sin, He accomplished what all men fail to do, perfectly fulfilling the will of the Father. As a perfect sacrifice, He laid down His life and took the penalty for sin when He died on the cross, paying the debt for all mankind. Through His death and resurrection, salvation is offered to all men of all times. Existing as fully God and fully man, Jesus resides over His Kingdom and will physically return one day to establish it. (Isa. 53, John 1:1-18, 2 Cor. 5:19-21, Heb. 1:1-3)


GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

- The Holy Spirit brings illumination and understanding, exalts Christ, convicts of sin, and affects regeneration. At the moment of salvation, every believer is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the family of God and is empowered by the Spirit to serve God's Kingdom. He seals every believer until the day of redemption, establishing eternal security. (Acts 1:8, 1 Cor. 2:10-14, Eph. 1:13-14, 2 Pet 1:21)


MAN

- We believe that God created man in His own image and through disobedience man fell into sin. Man is a sinner by natureand by choice. Because of man's total depravity, sin separates him from a relationship with God. All are in a terrible position of being unable to reach God by their own works or good deeds. As a result of sin, every human needs a Savior. (Gen. 3, Rom. 3,1 Cor. 15:19-22)


SALVATION

- We believe salvation comes by the grace of God through faith. God is sovereign over all and salvation is by grace alone; it is a free gift. No one can be good enough to merit their own redemption, but God's love is shown through Jesus' work and salvation is offered freely. When God calls sinners to repentance, His elect respond by repenting of sin and placing complete trust in Jesus. The sinner is made a new creation and justified in God's sight. The believer begins to experience sanctification and is given eternal life. (John 3:3-21, Acts 2:21, Acts 16:30-31, Titus 2:11-14)


The Church

- We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ, carrying out the work of our King on the earth. The local church is a self-governing body of baptized believers under the authority of God and His Word. The local church observes the two ordinances of Christ: baptism and communion. The local church is on mission with God, meeting to worship Him and grow in grace together. They go into the world to carry out Jesus' command to make disciples. The Church seeks to expand God's family through evangelism and serve all people by showing the love of God. Churches should seek to cooperate with other churches, denominations, and networks as a unified Body, working together for the sake of the Gospel. (Matt. 16:15-19, Acts 2:41-42, 1 Cor. 12, Eph. 3:21)


Last Things

- We believe in the return of Jesus Christ. We believe the just will have part in the resurrection of life and enjoy eternal fellowship with God; the ungodly will come forth unto the resurrection of damnation. After judgment, the ungodly will abide in conscious existence in the torments of eternal hell. (1 Thes. 4:14-18, 2 Thes. 2, Rev. 20:1-22:13)


MARRIAGE

- We believe that it is important to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ. We must provide a biblical role model of marriage, family, and sexuality to the church members and the community. Therefore it is imperative that all members and all employees of the church serving in any capacity abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly.We believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning and is, by definition, the spiritual and physical uniting marriage of one man (born a man) and one woman (born a woman) in an exclusive covenant commitment for their joint lifetime in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. Christian marriage is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His Church.


Sexuality

- We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man (born a man) and a woman (born a woman) who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity take place outside of a marriage, which is between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.Property of New Heights Church may not be used by any individual, group, or organization that advocates, endorses, or promotes homosexuality as an alternative or acceptable lifestyle.We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. 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 Scripture or the doctrines of this church.


LIFE

- We are decidedly pro-life. The Word of God is clear that life is a gift from God. It begins at conception, and is to be honored, protected, and defended from the beginning to the end.