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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, January 21, 2018 (printable sermon outline forthcoming)
Rev. Paul Browne
Psalm 10:3-6, Luke 12:13-34
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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 177: Wherein do the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper differ?
Answer: The sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper differ, in that baptism is to be administered but once, with water, to be a sign and seal of our regeneration and ingrafting into Christ,[d] and that even to infants;[e] whereas the Lord’s Supper is to be administered often, in the elements of bread and wine, to represent and exhibit Christ as spiritual nourishment to the soul,[f] and to confirm our continuance and growth in him,[g] and that only to such as are of years and ability to examine themselves.[h]

d. Matt. 3:11. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. Titus 3:5. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Gal. 3:27. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
e. Gen. 17:7, 9. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee…. And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. Acts 2:38–39. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 1 Cor. 7:14. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
f. 1 Cor. 11:23–26. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
g. 1 Cor. 10:16. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
h. 1 Cor. 11:28–29. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

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