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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, March 17, 2019 (evening service)
Rev. Z. Bulut Yasar
Judges 16:1-31
LISTEN> The Power of Sin & the Love of God

Latest sermon, March 17, 2019 (morning service)
Rev. Paul Browne
Psalm 1; Matthew 4:23—5:12
LISTEN> Kingdom Lifestyle #1: The King, His Kingdom, and His People

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 191: What do we pray for in the second petition?
Answer: In the second petition, (which is, Thy kingdom come,[m]) acknowledging ourselves and all mankind to be by nature under the dominion of sin and Satan,[n] we pray, that the kingdom of sin and Satan may be destroyed,[o] the gospel propagated throughout the world,[p] the Jews called,[q] the fullness of the Gentiles brought in;[r] the church furnished with all gospel officers and ordinances,[s] purged from corruption,[t] countenanced and maintained by the civil magistrate:[u] that the ordinances of Christ may be purely dispensed, and made effectual to the converting of those that are yet in their sins, and the confirming, comforting, and building up of those that are already converted:[w] that Christ would rule in our hearts here,[x] and hasten the time of his second coming, and our reigning with him forever:[y] and that he would be pleased so to exercise the kingdom of his power in all the world, as may best conduce to these ends.[z]

m. Matt. 6:10. Cf. Luke 11:2. … Thy kingdom come….
n. Eph. 2:2–3. … wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
o. Ps. 68:1, 18. Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him…. Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. Rev. 12:10–11. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
p. Ps. 67:1–2. God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. 2 Thess. 3:1. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.
q. Rom. 10:1. Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
r. John 17:9, 20. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine…. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word. Rom. 11:25–26. For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. See Ps. 67.
s. Matt. 9:38. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. 2 Thess. 3:1. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.
t. Mal. 1:11. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts. Zeph. 3:9. For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
u. 1 Tim. 2:1–2. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. Isa. 49:23. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
w. Acts 4:29–30. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, by stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. Eph. 6:18–20. … praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Rom. 15:29–30, 32. And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ. Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me…. that I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. 2 Thess. 1:11. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power. 2 Thess. 2:16–17. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
x. Eph. 3:14–20. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us … Col. 3:15. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
y. Rev. 22:20. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 2 Tim. 2:12. If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us. 2 Pet. 3:12. … looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
z. Isa. 64:1–2. Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, as when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence! Rev. 4:8–11. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

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