What We Believe

Grace

New Life Church has always been a community captivated by grace. We are people who have found in our lives a great liberty that comes from receiving the Bible’s proclamation of God’s free, self-initiated love for sinful people. Our desire is to be a church where people acknowledge their sinfulness and come “as they are” to Jesus Christ, the Savior of sinners, and to the Father who adopts rebels into his family and gives them the rights and privileges of sons and daughters.

Change

Jesus graciously transforms people. This is why our church is called New Life: we have hope for the future because our God is one who breaks destructive life patterns and gives people the power to live differently.

The Church

New Life is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. We are not oblivious to this era’s suspicion of organized religion. But we are nevertheless quite self-consciously a church because the New Testament teaches that the Church was established by Jesus himself as a pattern to be followed. As a church, we find ourselves in communion with other churches from many eras and different cultural contexts who have sought to follow Christ as he has taught us.

Ministry

New Life has pastors and officers who lead the ministry of the church. But we believe deeply in “every member ministry” and desire as a whole community each to play our part in the large and generous purposes of God.

Community

We are committed to the well-being of the larger community in which we have been planted—the diverse older “near suburbs” of Philadelphia along the Easton Road corridor in Eastern Montgomery County. We are glad to be a part of a network of churches seeking the good of the city, while also engaging our immediate community with acts of mercy and the good news of Jesus Christ.

Mission

It is our desire to be a generous church, to use boldly all the resources with which God has entrusted us to bless a needy world. Very much a part of this is our stewardship of people: many men and women active in churches around the world today passed through New Life at one time and spent a season of life as part of our community. We continue to desire to be a training center for leaders and to “send our best” in the years to come to plant new churches and serve a broken world in every way until our Lord’s return.