New in Christ Bible Church

Pastor Jeff Muster

10 Twin Bridge

Merrimack, NH 03054

 

Events Calendar

Current Sermon Series: Genesis.

Wednesday Bible Study: Acts of the Apostles.

Family Movie Night: Friday October 7 @ 7 PM

Doors open at 6:30 PM

"Ring the Bell" will be our movie.

 

Schedule

Sundays

Morning Service - 10:30 AM

Communion - 1st Sunday of Month

Missions Offering - 1st Sunday of Month

Wednesdays

Bible Study - 7:00 PM

 

Our Statement of Faith

  1. The Bible is the authoritative, inspired, infallible, inerrant & sufficient Word of God, revealing to man what God wants us to know about Him, what God wants man to know about Himself and what God's plan of salvation is (2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16-17). It is only through reading or listening to the 66 books of the Bible (as the Holy Spirit bears witness to their truth—Titus 1:2), that mankind can know the True God. In order to be saved by God and in order to live a godly life, man needs no further revelation beyond the Bible (2 Timothy 3:17). God supernaturally guided human authors to write His Word to men. The style and personality of each book, is that of man. The message conveyed is that of God. And God, being God is capable of preserving the revelation of the Bible, so it stands as reliable today as the day it was first given. At New Beginning Fellowship Church, we believe the saints will be best equipped through the verse-by-verse, book by book preaching & teaching of Scripture.
  2. There is only one (Deuteronomy 6:4, James 2:19) true, triune God (Matthew 28:19) consisting in three unique persons—God the Father (1 Corinthians 1:3), God the Son (John 20:28, Titus 2:13), and God the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4) who are equal in power, yet amongst themselves have determined to submit in relationship, one to another, in the work they accomplish to their glory. The Father is God, but the Father is not Jesus Christ, nor the Holy Spirit. The Son Jesus Christ is God, but He is not the Father, nor the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, but He is not the Father, nor the Son Jesus Christ. There is one true God who is the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer and Ruler of the Universe, found in three persons.
  3. Jesus Christ is at the same time, fully God and fully man. In the incarnation (being born of a virgin), God the eternal Son, took on the nature of man—Jesus the Christ—without loosing (while maintaining) the nature of God (John 1:1-18, Colossians 1:15, Philippians 2:5-11, Hebrews 1:3). Jesus Christ lived a sinless life in perfect obedience to the Law of God on the behalf of those who repent of their sin and place their hope in Jesus alone for their salvation. Through the death of Jesus Christ, provision is made for those who repent & believe upon Him to be justly forgiven by God and saved from His wrath against sin and sinner alike. Jesus was raised from the dead in gloried body and has ascended to heaven until He visibly returns to earth again at the end of the age.
  4. In the beginning, God created (Genesis 1:1, Hebrews 11:3, Colossians 1:16)—meaning we believe God created all things; the heavens & earth, and man & woman in His own image.
  5. Mankind fellmeaning mankind was created in the image of God, but chose to willfully disobey & rebel against God's authority over them (Genesis 3:6)—causing sin to enter the world and with sin came the wages of sin which is death (Romans 6:23).
  6. Due to the fall of mankind, every individual is born a sinner & into sin and as such, falling short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), each individual must personally be saved from the wrath of God (that justly judges in righteousness (Revelation 20:11-15), condemning all who sin eternally to hell—Nahum 1:3). We believe mankind and all of creation has been affected (tainted) by sin. Our believing in the total depravity of man (Isaiah 64:6), since his fall, is what compels us to evangelize and to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.
  7. Regeneration (the new birth; being born-again) is an act that originates with the election of God before the foundations of the world (Romans 9:11, 1 Corinthians 2:7, 1 Peter 1:2). Without being born again by the Spirit of God, no one can  see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3) and the saving gospel of Jesus will be foolishness to them (1 Corinthians 1:18) and as such, they will not receive the gift of justification.
  8. Justification (right standing with God) of mankind by grace alone, through faith alone (Romans 4:3-6), in Jesus Christ alone. Being that all are dead in sin (Ephesians 2), the Holy Spirit must first give faith to an individual to repent & believe in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross, before that person can be saved. The Bible teaches we are saved solely by grace (Ephesians 2:8-10)—that unearned & undeserved favor of God, who calls individuals into relationship with Jesus Christ for salvation. Man's work does not (and cannot) justify him before the perfect God. The work of Jesus Christ alone justifies those who believe. Romans 4 in general is a good discussion on imputed righteousness (Christ's righteousness being credited to the account of a saved individual).
  9. When a person is born again from above, he or she becomes a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). This newness of recreation is evidenced by an ongoing process of sanctification in the person's life. Through the Holy Spirit orchestrated process of sanctification (John 17:17), over time, the following things (and more) will occur: They will convicted of their sin. They will be convicted of their need for Christ's righteousness. They will learn to hate their sin. They will learn of their weakness to overcome sin by their own might. They will daily, more-and-more depend upon God to strengthen them in their battle against sin, and that daily battle against sin, will cause them to more-and-more appreciate the grace that God has shown them, by saving them while they were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). The process of sanctification is a mind-renewing process (Romans 12:2) through the Word of God (the Bible) that the Holy Spirit uses to conform Christians to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).
  10. 1st John 5:13-14 informs us, we can be assured of our salvation. Some (not all) of the assurances of our salvation are:
    1. That upon being born again, a desire is placed within us to tell others about Jesus Christ (1 John 1:1-4, 1 John 5:5-12).

    2. That as a new person in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:1), we desire to walk in the Light and no longer desire to walk in the darkness. This means that over time a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ will become more transparent and less hidden in their actions (1 John 1:5-7). And the desire of the Christian is more aimed towards God than all else (1 John 2:3-5, 1 John 2:15).

    3. That as a new person in Christ, the believer desires fellowship with the saints of God more than he or she desires to fellowship with wicked and evil people (1 John 1:7).

    4. That daily the follower of Christ becomes more sensitive to sin (sinning less—1 John 2:1-2) in his or her own life and desires to live a righteous life free from sin (1 John 1:8-22, 1 John 2:1-2). 

    5. That when the follower of Christ does sin, he or she acknowledges and confesses their sin to Jesus so that He may forgive them that sin and cleanse them from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

    6. That the follower of Christ obeys Jesus and the commandments He presents in His Holy Word the Bible (1 John 2:3-4), and they do not find God's commands burdensome (1 John 5:3), as they do the will of God (1 John 2:17). Although the believer will sin, he or she practices righteousness, not sin (1 John 3:10).

    7. That we desire to not become followers and imitators of the world, but that by the enabling of God the Holy Spirit we live our lives in a manner worthy of our calling, being transformed and conformed into Christ's image (1 John 2:6).

    8. That the follower of Christ walks in the love of Christ (1 John 2:7-11, 1 John 4:21).

    9. That the follower of Christ experiences ongoing sanctification (1 John2:12-14) as they begin to no longer tolerate falsehood (1 John 2:20-21), so that on the day of Christ's return, they will not hide in fear of shame (1 John 2:24-29, 1 John 4:18). This process of sanctification is encouraged by the believer, because their desire is to be made pure, as Christ is pure (1 John 3:1-3).
  11. There is one universal Church made up of those who through time have repented of their sins and trusted of Christ alone for salvation. The Church has Jesus Christ as its head.
  12. The local church is where the saints of God meet regularly and are equipped for every good work (Ephesians 4:11-16). The church is depicted as a body (Romans 12:4-5, Ephesians 4:16) and as a family (1 Timothy 3:15, Ephesians 1:5) and as a building (Ephesians 2:21, 2 Corinthians 6:16, 1 Timothy 3:15, 2 Peter 2:5) and these descriptive words establish the attitude and environment of the local church, comprised of those who have been saved by the grace of God.
  13. The local church operates under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and is governed by a pastor(s)/elder(s) who are assisted by deacons (in the case of NBF we have a membership-elected Church Board currently assisting our elders).
  14. There are two ordinances to be administered by the local churchwater baptism (Mark 16:16, Ephesians 4:4-6) and communion (1 Corinthians 11:26). The primary elements of a church service include teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer (Acts 2:42).
  15. The local church is to practice church discipline (Matthew 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 5:1-2, Romans 16:17, 1 Timothy 1:20, 1 Timothy 4:6, 1 Timothy 5:17-21, 1 Timothy 6:2-3, 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15) for the primary purpose of restoring thus far, unrepentant believers back into right relationship with Christ and His church.
  16. Each Christian and each local church is called to be good stewards in the use of what God has provisioned them with. As part of good stewardship, through each member’s offerings, we are to give back to God a portion of that which He has given us. The primary depository of Christian financial giving (stewardship) is the local church. Not only are Christians called to financially support the local church (which in turn supports its leadership, ministries of compassion & evangelistic endeavors), they are also called to give to God from their time, talents/giftings & material possessions.
  17. The local church meets on the first day of the week (Sunday) because it is a reminder that Christ was raised from the dead (on the first day of the week). See Acts 20:7.
  18. Each local church and each believer is called to evangelize the lost—to preach the good news of Jesus Christ (the gospel of God) to the nations, be it our home, our workplace, our neighborhood or wheresoever the Spirit of God has placed us for His purposes (Matthew 28:16-20, Romans 10:14).
  19. There are 9 Marks that identify a biblical local church (visit 9marks.org for more information).
    1. Preaching & teaching that is applicable to people's lives.

    2. Theology that is Biblical.

    3. Ministry that is gospel-centered.

    4. A Biblical understanding of conversion (of the regeneration, justification, sanctification & glorification that form salvation).

    5. Evangelistic in nature.

    6. Formal Church Membership is seen as important.

    7. Biblical Church Discipline is practiced.

    8. Believers are discipled in the true faith.

    9. The leadership is godly and of a good example.

  20. The Holy Spirit, who dwells in each believer, clearly works today, and as Scripture shows:
    1. He guides us into all truth (John 16:13).

    2. He teaches us (John 14:26 and 1 John 2:27).

    3. He exalts and glorifies Jesus Christ (John 15:26 and John 16:14).

    4. He gives us courage and boldness (Micah 3:8).

    5. He convicts the world of sin and righteousness (John 16:8).

    6. He comes along side those who are in Christ, enabling them to do good (John 16:7).

    7. He helps us to pray (Romans 8:26-27).

    8. He conforms us to the image of Christ (Romans 8:28-30).

    9. He leads and directs us (Acts 11:12, 13:1-4).

    10. He produces the character of God within us; by producing within us the fruit of the Holy Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23.

    11. He administers God’s grace (Zechariah 12:10 and Hebrews 10:29).

    12. He inspires a fear of the Lord within us (Isaiah 11:2) which is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge.

    13. He regenerates us (Titus 3:5)

    14. He assures us of our salvation (Romans 8:16). 

  21. At the core of a godly society is a godly family. A godly marriage between one man and one woman is where God intends a godly family to begin. Although in God's eyes, being created in His image, husband and wife are coequals in value, and coheirs in salvation before God, at the same time, God has called them to exercise different roles in the marriage relationship and the family (See Ephesians 5:22-33). A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. A wife is called to respect her husband and to submit (defer) herself to her husband's leadership, as he himself submits to the leadership of Jesus Christ and His Word. Children as a gift from God, and are children from the moment of conception, for life begins at conception. Abortion is a grievous sin against God, but, there is no sin (abortion included) that God is unwilling to forgive when a person goes to Him in repentance & faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Divorce as well is a sin against that when God intended for marriage, but as with the case of abortion, God as well is willing to forgive the sin of divorce, when repentance & faith are present.
  22. In no way does singleness diminish a person’s importance in the church or society. Godly singles are just as important to God and a godly society as married individuals are. The Bible presents contentment in singleness as a gift God grants some, so they may not be hindered or distracted in their service to Him and His kingdom (1 Corinthians 7:32-35).
  23. Politics & earthly governments are given us by God, but they are not to replace God in our lives. The Constitution of the United States ensures the free-exercise of religion and instructs the government to not infringe upon that religious liberty, and not to impose a state religion (US Constitution, First Amendment; "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..." As Christians we are called to pray for our government (1 Timothy 2:2) that we might lead peaceful and quite lives. We are also called to obey our government (Romans 13:1-7) until that government asks that Christians act in a manner against the law of God (Acts 5:59).
  24. The morality of the Christian is to be a Biblical, godly morality. God's Word the Bible attests to what godly morality is and Scripture calls every believer to walk in a manner worthy of the calling of Christ, urging them to flee all sexual immorality, impurity, greed (1 Corinthians 6:18, 1 Corinthians 7:2, Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 1:10).
  25. Jesus Christ will return to earth to judge & reward. Christ will judge those who reject Him to hell (the just punishment for those who in this life did not repent of their sins & trust in Christ alone for salvation). And at the same time, the good news of the Gospel teaches that when Christ returns, He will reward all who in this life were given the grace of God to repent & believe in Jesus alone for salvation, resulting in the ongoing work of Holy Spirit enabled sanctification in their lives. We believe those in this second group will enter the eternal glory of God forever in heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:51-56, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, Revelation 20:5-6, Revelation 22:1-7).