NEW LIFE CHURCH
NEW LIFE CHURCH
Steve and his wife, Kelly, are life-long residents of Alexander County. They have two great sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and a beautiful granddaughter. In 1997, Steve left a 20-year career in the furniture industry to serve as New Life's pastor, believing that God was preparing to move powerfully in Alexander County and the surrounding region. After nearly 20 years, he's more convinced than ever.
Currently serving as Campus Pastor at New Life Church, Dustin Hedrick is also an author, revivalist, and church planter. He and his wife, Lori, have 3 children, Anna, Lydia, and Malachi. Dustin graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a degree in psychology, and he is a founding partner of 714 Consulting, an IT consulting firm based in Fairfax, VA. He is a Web Developer and has been part of projects with Facebook, Twitter, and Google Apps. He has authored three books which include, “The Warrior’s Manual”, “The Forest Fire”, and “The Warrior’s Battle”.
During his more than 20 years of ministry, he was part of a multi-state revival on college campuses while attending UNC; and this revival found its greatest push through an event he co-led called “Forest Fire ’97”. Dustin has served within the United States as an inner-city missionary, youth pastor, and senior pastor in North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, DC. He has also ministered overseas in South Africa, Cambodia, Korea, and Mexico; and has been a part of church planting, agricultural development, and business leader development in Kenya. During the last decade, he has served on Capitol Hill and has had the opportunity to minister to leaders through relationships that have developed with leaders from around the world with the National Prayer Breakfast.
The Trinity. There is one God who is eternal and makes Himself known in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-existent, co-equal and co-eternal; and are infinite and perfect in holiness, truth, and love.
God the Father. God the Father is the creator of heaven and earth. By God’s Word the world was created and is sustained. God created man for fellowship with Himself, and intended that all creation should live to the praise of His glory.
Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and made salvation available to all mankind through His death on the cross and physical resurrection from the dead. Jesus is fully God and fully man. Jesus has always been with God, and is God. He will return in power and glory at the end of this age.
The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the person of the Trinity who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and who persuades us to accept Jesus as Savior. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer and leads the Church into all truth. The Holy Spirit unites believers in the Body of Christ.
The Holy Bible. The Bible is the authoritative Word of God, inspired, infallible and free of errors as originally given. The Bible alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths, and is the rule and guide of all Christian life and practice.
Man. Man was created by God in His own image–as male and female–originally good and upright. By voluntarily sinning and rebelling against God, man became estranged from his Maker. Man’s only hope of returning to relationship with God is salvation through Jesus Christ.
Salvation. Salvation is a free gift of God, available to sinful mankind through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ shed blood is completely sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Salvation occurs when a person responds in faith by repenting of his sins and accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit was given to Christian believers at Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection to empower them to preach the gospel and serve the world. The baptism of the Spirit results in the gifts of the Spirit being expressed in the lives of believers.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit. All the gifts of the Holy Spirit that were in operation in the Church of the first century are available today, and are to be earnestly desired and expected. The gifts of the Spirit are essential for the fulfilling of the mission of the Church.
The Sanctity of Marriage. Marriage is a sacred union, ordained by God and recognized by the church and state, to be a life-long sexually exclusive relationship between one man and one woman.
The Sanctity of Life. Human life is of inestimable worth and significance in all its dimensions, including the unborn, the aged, the widowed, the mentally handicapped, the unattractive, the physically challenged, and every other condition in which humanness is expressed from conception to the grave.
The Resurrection of the Dead and Final Judgment. All of mankind will be resurrected from the dead at the end of the age–those who have accepted Christ as Savior to reign forever with Him in heaven, and those who are without Christ to endure eternal punishment in hell, forever separated from the presence of God.
Angels and Demons. Angels are spiritual beings created by God to help carry out His will, and to minister to Christian believers. The devil and demons are fallen angels who have rebelled against the authority of God and who attempt to hinder God’s will by promoting evil and confusion, and by distracting and tempting mankind. The fate of the devil and demons is hell and eternal torment.
The Church. The Church is the Body of Christ on earth and consists of people who have become genuine followers of Jesus by personally accepting Him as Savior and Lord. The Church exists to glorify God and to serve Him faithfully in worship, fellowship, intercession, evangelism, and good works. All Christian believers are an integral part of the Church and are to be a vital and committed member of a local fellowship.