1. Love Jesus Christ
No one can love God for us. We must individually stay connected to Christ, through a relationship with Him(John 15). Through reading the word of God, prayer, personal worship and obedience we can love God and draw closer to Him.
2. Be Connected Through a Home Group
Home Groups help us develop caring relationships with one another. In this small group context we can get to know people, hold each other accountable, and offer newcomers a place to belong. God made us relational beings.
3. Build Friendships With Non-Christians
We must always be on the lookout for ways to reach out with the love of Christ to those who don't yet know Him. By building relationships with non-Christians we may be able to communicate the life-changing message of salvation through Jesus Christ. We are strongly opposed to the "Holy Huddle"
4. Participate in Weekly Gatherings
We gather weekly to celebrate God's goodness and be exposed to the word of God. Our contemporary worship services provide ministry to believers and an open door to visitors and non-Christians in our community.
5. Pray Regularly
Communication with God is a must! He is our source of strength. Life is a battleground that needs to be constantly reinforced through prayer.
6. Give Generously
Effective ministry takes money. Giving may be one of the most tangible expressions of our faith. We believe that obedient giving comes in the form of tithes and offerings to our local church.
7. Serve Faithfully
Christianity is not a spectator sport. Service is love in action. Through our God given gifts and talents we participate in the work of God in the world. We are called to serve in the church, in our community, and abroad. Showing the love of Jesus through our actions is critical to the mission of ReNew Church!
1. The Bible
The Bible is God's Word and was given to us by God without mistakes in the original texts so that we would know what is true and how to live. The Bible is complete and tells us all we need to know about God and how we should live to please him. The Bible is our life instruction manual. See 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21
2. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit
The Bible teaches that the Father is God, that Jesus is God, and that the Holy Spirit is God. The Bible also teaches that there is only one God. The Trinity is one God existing in three Persons. See Gen 1:26, Matt 28:19
Jesus has always existed. He was born on this earth as a human baby to a virgin woman named Mary. He lived a perfect life as a real human. He did this so that he could be our Savior from sin. After he died in our place, he was physically resurrected. After a short time he ascended to heaven. Someday in the future he is going to come back to earth again to take us home to heaven. He is 100% God and 100% man, not 50% of each. See Matthew 1:18-25; John 20; Acts 1:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15; and Revelation 19-21.
Those who accept Christ as their Savior will receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit serves as our comforter, guide and advocate. The Holy Spirit is given to Christians and provides guidance in living, an understanding of the Bible, and conviction of sin.
3. People and Sin
God created human beings in His likeness. The first man, Adam, disobeyed God and became a sinner, so he faced judgment. Everybody since then is born a sinner like his parents. Because we are sinners, we all sin and are guilty of disobeying God. See Genesis 1 and Genesis 3;Romans 3:23. 6:23
Because we were sinners and couldn't get to heaven on our own, God provided only one way for us to be forgiven and go to heaven. (Jesus died to take our place--he took the punishment that we should have gotten for our sin. We cannot be good enough to go to heaven or work our way there. It is a free gift from God provided by Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and is received through faith. It is available to everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Nobody is born saved. We all have to make our own decision to become a Christian by trusting Jesus. See John 3:16; Romans 4; Ephesians 2:8-9; and John 10.
5. Eternal Security
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. John 10:29, Hebrews 10:10, Romans 8:38
6. Christ's Return
We believe in the personal, bodily and real return of our Lord Jesus Christ at a time known only to God.
7. Communion and Baptism
Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer. Matthew 26:26-30, Acts2:41, Ephesians 2:8-9
It illustrates Christ´s burial and resurrection and demonstrates outwardly our rebirth in Christ.
"Christ died for our sins... He was buried... and He rose again." I Corinthians 15:3-4
"For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ." Colossians. 2:12
It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
"When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!" 2 Corinthians. 5:17
"By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead... so also we may live a new life!" Romans 6:4
Baptism doesn´t make you a believer - it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring - it´s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith... it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8,9
Who Should Be Baptized & When?
Every person who has believed in Christ.
"Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized..." Acts 2:41
"Simon himself believed and was baptized..." Acts 8:13
"But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News... and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women" Acts 8:12
As soon as you have believed.
"Those who believe...were baptized...that day!" Acts 2:41
"Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ´Look, here is water! Why shouldn´t I be baptized right now?´ Philip said, ´If you believe with all your heart, you may.´ The man answered, ´I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.´ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him." Acts 8:35-38
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are "perfect", you´ll never feel "good enough"!
At ReNew, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.
Communion with God's Family
Communion, sometimes referred to as the Lord's Supper, is a celebration of Christ's death and Resurrection.
Jesus never asked his disciples to remember His birth, but he did instruct them to remember his death and resurrection. He gave the church two visible symbols (called, "ordinances") as reminders of his death.
These two ordinances are:
Baptism and Communion (The Lord's Supper)
Communion is an object lesson that represents a great spiritual truth for believers.
What is Communion? (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
It is a simple act.
"The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread..." (vs. 23)
It is a reminder.
"...and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; eat it in remembrance of me."' (vs. 24)
It is a symbol.
"In the same way, He took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; drink it to remember me."" (vs. 25)
It is a statement of faith.
"For whenever you eat the bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes back." (vs. 26)
Who Should Take Communion?
Believers are commanded to do this to remember what Jesus did for us, but to break bread together while excluding those who searching for or learning about Christ fails to live up to His example on interacting with non-believers.
How do I prepare Myself for Communion?
"Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A person ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup."1 Corinthians 11:27-28
Self-Examination - 1 Corinthians 11:27
Confessing My Sins - 1 John 1:9
Recommitment - Romans 12:1
Restoring Relationships - Matthew 5:23-24
When Should We Observe Communion?
Jesus never said when or how often believers should observe Communion. The first Lord's Supper happened on a Thursday night. In the Bible, Christians observed the communion in small groups in homes. So, there is no biblical designated schedule or location for the Lord's Supper.
At ReNew Church, we observe the Communion corporately at least once per month, but home groups are encouraged to have Communion together regularly.
For Jesus, the Communion was not about a strict set of rules, but about a simple but powerful way of remembering what Jesus did for us through His death and resurrection.
It is a sign of how much God really loves us. As such, it is appropriate for believers to keep the spirit and meaning of the Lord's Supper daily by remembering Jesus sacrifice for us every time we eat a meal together.