Next Steps

Session 2

New Song Church is pastor led and elder governed.

1 Peter 5:2-3

Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

New Song is a non-denominational church.

We Believe:

  1. The Bible is the Word of God.

  2. Jesus is the Son of God.

  3. Salvation comes only by grace through faith in Christ.

  4. Believers can be Spirit filled and Spirit led.

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We must grasp once again, the idea of church membership as being the membership of the body of Christ and as the biggest honor which can come a man's way in this world. -Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The Greek word for church ekklesia, is defined as “an assembly” or “called-out ones.”

The Universal Church

The Universal Church consists of everyone, everywhere, who has an active relationship with Jesus.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

The Local Church

The Local Church is a local body of believers. Local gatherings of people who have been baptized into the larger body (the universal church) by one Spirit.

Galatians 1:2

All the brothers and sisters here join me in sending this letter to the churches of Galatia.

The church is not a religious community of worshippers of Christ but is Christ Himself who has taken form among people. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

1 Corinthians 12:21

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”

1 Corinthians 12:27-28

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.

Psalm 92:13-14

Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing.

Ephesians 4:15

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.

Planted people protect the unity of the church...
...By acting in love toward other members
...By refusing to gossip and pursuing biblical reconciliation
...By following the leaders

Romans 15:5

Live in complete harmony with each other - each with the attitude of Christ toward each other.

Planted people share the responsibility of the church...
...By praying for its effectiveness
...By inviting the unchurched to attend
...By warmly welcoming those who visit

Luke 14:23

Go out into the country...and urge anyone you find to come in, so that My House will be full.

Planted people serve the ministry of the church...
...By discovering their gifts and talents
...By being equipped to serve by their pastors
...By developing a servant’s heart

1 Peter 4:10

Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you...

Planted people support the testimony of they church...
...By attending weekend services, small groups and other church gatherings faithfully
…Engaging in personal worship and obeying the teachings of Scripture
...By living a godly life

Acts 2:42

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

1 Corinthians 16:2

Each one of you, on the first day of each week, should set aside a specific sum of money in proportion to what you have earned and use it for the offering.

Planted people understand that none of the above can be maintained apart from relying on the Holy Spirit to work in their life and without specific commitments on their part.

John 13:34-35

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

Courtney Haggard
Connections & Community Pastor
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