What We Believe
"Reformed" in Theology
New Life Community Church is a member of The Reformed Church in America, (RCA). The word "Reformed" comes from the historic Reformation of the 1500's, and simply means "changed" or "transformed." The early Reformers often said they were "Reformed (transformed) by the Word of God and are continuing to reform according to the Word of God." We follow in a long tradition of Christians who look to the Bible as the primary source of truth for life.
- The Bible is God's inspired Word and our authority for matters of faith and practice
- Eternal life is found only in Jesus Christ
- God is "Triune", that His full nature is revealed in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
- Being a Christian includes daily obedience to the teachings of Jesus
- All Christians are called and gifted for serving others for the glory of God
Our Historic Faith
The Reformed Tradition is far larger than the RCA, so we are providing links to many other sources of information regarding the Reformed Tradition so you may continually grow in your understanding of it. The "Standards of Unity" are documents that state the historic Reformed faith. They are helpful aids in interpreting the Bible. This link will take you to the RCA resource page for these historic confessions.
- The Apostles' Creed
- The Nicene Creed
- The Athanasian Creed
- The Heidelberg Catechism
- The Belgic Confession
- The Canons of Dordt
- The Belhar Confession
Our Church Government
Our form of Church government is "presbyterian" or "elder ruled." Our Board is called the Consistory and is comprised of Elders and Deacons, who together oversee the life and ministry of New Life Community Church.
Please visit The Reformed Church in America at www.rca.org
A Little History
New Life Community Church began way back in 1866 as "First Reformed Church of West Sayville." It was a congregation of Dutch immigrants who wanted to continue worshiping as they had in the "old country," as other immigrant groups had done. After many generations on Cherry Avenue in West Sayville, we moved to our present location in 1985.
Our denomination was established on this continent 150 years before the Revolutionary War. The Reformed Church in America, established in 1628 in what is now Manhattan, New York City, is the oldest Protestant denomination in North America with a continuous ministry.
The word "Reformed" comes from the Protestant Reformation, which swept across Europe in the 1500's under the leadership of such men as Martin Luther and John Calvin. Calvin's reformation at Geneva spread to many countries, including Scotland (where it became the Presbyterian Church) and Holland (where it became our ancestor, the Dutch Reformed Church).
Although Dutch in origin, the Reformed Church in America has for decades included people of many different races and nationalities in its congregations. The denomination has about 950 churches in the United States and Canada. Each congregation is uniquely shaped by the needs of its people and its community.
We are committed to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of life and desire to serve the Kingdom of God in our community. As one part of the larger Reformed Tradition, we seek to "be continually reformed" (changed and matured) through the Word of God in the Bible.