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Many people would say that's the sound of a church service on any typical Sunday morning. Deadly boring... soapy platitudes... hypocritical denunciations... prudish warnings against anything real and deeply pleasurable... ranks of drowsy worshipers putting in their mandatory time in "God's house" before being released once more to life outside the dim stained glass, behind which they comfortably deposit most of their religion until the next weekend.

If that's Christianity, who wants it?

On the contrary, Christianity is a face-to-face reunion with God. Visit our "Eyewitnesses" section to read how Jesus Christ is wonderfully alive and busy in the world today, bringing people to life. As people believe in him and open their hearts and lives to him, they find that he is undeniably real, powerful, and good. Our earnest hope is that you also will become an eyewitness of his majesty.

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Latest sermon, August 12, 2018
Rev. Z. Bulut Yasar
Exodus 24:1-11; 1 Corinthians 10:14—11:1
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Being and Making Faithful Disciples

Who are we? New Life Orthodox Presbyterian Church is a community of people joined together by faith in Jesus Christ, the one sent by the Father to die for our sins. In Jesus, we have a new Savior and Friend; a new Father in heaven; a new Spirit of love and boldness; a new family in other believers; a new task while here on earth; a new hope for eternity—a new life!

Living as God’s new creation is not a momentary, one-time act, but a life-changing passion. We at New Life are committed to serving Christ—being and making faithful disciples. It is an exhilarating, life-long calling. We invite you to share it with us.

warfieldWhat is the Reformed faith? The Reformed faith takes the Bible with the utmost seriousness. It is but another way of saying that “from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.” (Rom. 11:36). The Reformed faith seeks to maintain the entire teaching of the Bible, rightly understood. [continued at Orthodox Presbyterian Church website, our denomination]

A Brief and Untechnical Statement of the Reformed Faith by Benjamin B. Warfield

I believe that my one aim in life and death should be to glorify God and enjoy him forever; and that God teaches me how to glorify him in his holy Word, that is, the Bible, which he had given by the infallible inspiration of this Holy Spirit in order that I may certainly know what I am to believe concerning him and what duty he requires of me. [Read on…]

Who are those old guys at the top of the page? Just six of the many people who have preceded us in making an impact for the Christian faith. Although they were fallible humans, their devotion to knowing Christ, promoting His gospel, and teaching it clearly is inspiring to us all in carrying out our own callings.

Learn about them here: Martin Luther (1483-1546); J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937); John Calvin (1520-67); Charles Spurgeon (1834-92); Jonathan Edwards (1703-58); and Augustine (354-430).

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Westminster Larger Catechism Question 194: What do we pray for in the fifth petition?
Answer: In the fifth petition, (which is, Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,[g]) acknowledging, that we and all others are guilty both of original and actual sin, and thereby become debtors to the justice of God; and that neither we, nor any other creature, can make the least satisfaction for that debt:[h] we pray for ourselves and others, that God of his free grace would, through the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, apprehended and applied by faith, acquit us both from the guilt and punishment of sin,[i] accept us in his Beloved;[k] continue his favor and grace to us,[l] pardon our daily failings,[m] and fill us with peace and joy, in giving us daily more and more assurance of forgiveness;[n] which we are the rather emboldened to ask, and encouraged to expect, when we have this testimony in ourselves, that we from the heart forgive others their offenses.[o]

g. Matt. 6:12. Cf. Luke 11:4. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us….
h. Rom. 3:9–22. What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one…. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God…. Matt. 18:24–25. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. Ps. 130:3–4. If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
i. Rom. 3:24–26. … being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Heb. 9:22. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
k. Eph. 1:6–7. … to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
l. 2 Pet. 1:2. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.
m. Hos. 14:2. Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. Jer. 14:7. O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name’s sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee. 1 John 1:9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. See Dan. 9:17–19.
n. Rom. 15:13. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Ps. 51:7–10, 12. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me…. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
o. Luke 11:4. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us…. Matt. 6:14–15. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Eph. 4:32. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Col. 3:13. … forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. See Matt. 18:21–35.

[Read the complete Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms here.]