The Bible is not to be considered just a book of literature. It is God’s truth and meant to be applied to every area of life, and at every stage of life. We as believers are responsible to adapt our lives to fit the Bible, rather than the other way around.
Sound Contextual Teaching
We are constantly asking from the Bible, the meaning of the text, the reason for text, and the relevance of the text. The challenge for us here at New Salem comes from 2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” We value what the Bible says and what it means. Therefore we care tremendously about what is taught. We are not interested in making verses of Scripture say something that is not there. Nor are we afraid to teach both the negative and positive aspects of a certain subject.
Reaching New People
We say with William Temple “The Church is the only organization organized primarily for the benefit of its non-members”. Our ministries and programs are designed to welcome people just as they are with the view that God is the one that brings about transformation in their lives.
Our small group classes are geared toward not only making friends and taking care of each other, but also that spiritual growth comes through teaching the Bible.
Serving the Body of Christ and the Community
We make personal sacrifices such as our time and the use of our spiritual gifts to serve the people who not only walk through our doors, but our community as well. By serving, we grow closer to Christ and show His love in a way people can see.
Since we take God seriously, following Christ is about God and His purposes, not what we want. New Salem is organized around the 4 Biblical purposes of the church that we find in Scripture: Worship, Instruction, Fellowship, and Evangelism. We get the acronym “WIFE”
- Ephesians 5:32
“This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.”
- Revelation 21:9
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”