WHAT WE BELIEVE
Doctrines of The Bible
New Covenant Community Church (NCCC) maintains a firm commitment to the historical doctrines found in the Bible. Our system of biblical doctrine is both "Reformed and covenantal." More specifically, we believe Reformed theology as explained by the well-known sixteenth-century reformer John Calvin most accurately reflects biblical truth. The following summarizes what we believe.
Our Statement of Faith
New Covenant Community Church is a mission work of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. As such, it is committed to the historic Christian faith as taught in the Old and New Testaments and summarized in the Westminster Confession and Catechisms.
The Nature of Worship
Corporate worship is the formal gathering of God's people in the court of the King of kings and Lord of lords. We come, as one body and many parts, to hear the voice of our God and to present ourselves to Him. Worship is to be God-centered. Our focus is not to be on what we get out of it or what we give to it, for God does not desire our sacrifices and offerings, but the hearts that bring them (Psalm 51:16-17; Hebrews 10:4-10). Rather, our focus is to be on Christ. Therefore, the worship of our God is, and historically has been, centered in the proclamation of the whole counsel of God, the rehearsing of His law and of the blessings and cursings of the covenant, the good news of our salvation, our hope in Jesus Christ, and the call to repentance, faith, and service.
Music and Worship
Music is a gift from God. It is a powerful form of human expression that communicates more than words alone. It is a way of communicating the heart, or whole, of the person: the mind, the emotions, and the spirit. It was created to be enjoyed, understood, appreciated, and used for His glory by promoting His worship, upholding His laws, and bringing the joy of salvation to those experiencing it.
As an integral part of worship, music is the congregation's primary opportunity to express, both as a body and as individuals, its heart. Music must not draw attention to itself, the singer, or the musician, but must aid in the delivery of the message. The music, words, and instruments should work together as a single expression that is consistent, both in style and lyric, with the truth of Scripture, with our Reformed heritage, and with the faithful worship of a Holy God. Music, when used in worship, must be a source of joy, peace, inspiration, pardon and adoration. Hebrews 13:15 states: "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name."