What Is Our Purpose
New Salem’s purpose is in line with the Westminster Shorter Catechism that states that the “chief aim of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” New Salem purpose as a Church is very much the same as we try to glorify God in all that we do. Whether we teach, preach, sing, or have fellowship, we try to honor God and not ourselves. This is why you will find New Salem as a place of prayer, worship, outreach and fellowship.
One way this is accomplished is through our Mission Statement which is “Making Much of Jesus.” Colossians 1:17-18 says He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. We seek to guide people to Jesus, because He is the Saviour of the world.
What We Believe
New Salem is very much a teaching church. We strive to do as Paul told Titus in Titus 2:1 “But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.” The word “doctrine” is the word “teaching”. Some of the things that we teach and believe are as follows:
The Doctrine of Scripture
The Word of God, which consists of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is truly the only rule to direct us on how we may glorify and enjoy God. Inspired by God, the Bible is entirely trustworthy and without error, and its teachings are to be believed and obeyed by us.
The Doctrine of Creation
God created the heavens and the earth, and all they contain out of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good. After God had made all other creatures, he created man, male and female, after his own image.
The Doctrine of God
God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. The one true God is personal, yet beyond total human comprehension. He is completely self-sufficient and unbounded by space or time. In the unity of the Godhead there are three “persons”: There is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
The Doctrine of Christ
Christ, the Son of God, became man by taking to himself a true body and a reasoning soul, being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary and born of her, yet without sin. He lived a sinless life and died on a cross, bearing the sins of his people and received God’s wrath for them. He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, where He sits as Lord and rules over His kingdom. He will return to judge the living and the dead, bringing his people with glorious, resurrected bodies into eternal life, and consigning the wicked to eternal punishment.
The Doctrine of Sin
Sin is any lack of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God. Because of the sin of the first man named Adam, all mankind is corrupt by that nature, and is dead in sin, and is subject to the wrath of God.
The Doctrine of Salvation
By God’s grace and mercy, God has established that sinners may receive forgiveness and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. Faith in Christ has always been the only way of salvation for fallen sinners, both in the Old Testament and New Testament.
The Doctrine of Justification
Justification is an act of God’s free grace, whereby he pardons all our sins, and accepts us as righteous in His sight, the sinner gets the righteousness of Christ attributed to him when he receives Christ by faith alone.
The Doctrine of Adoption
Adoption is an act of God’s free grace, whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges, of the sons of God
The Doctrine of Sanctification
Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.
The Doctrine of the Sacraments
A sacrament is a holy ordinance instituted by Christ, wherein by understandable signs, Christ, and the benefits of the new covenant, are represented, sealed, and applied to believers. There are two sacraments in the New Testament, baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
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