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Our Mission


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Our Mission


OUR MISSION

To Know Jesus & Make Him Known

we seek to do that by…

Consistently dedicating highest priority to our personal relationship with Jesus

“ ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’   This is the first and greatest commandment.  Matthew 22:37-38 (NLT)

Graciously treating everyone as created in the image of God

A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:39-40 (NLT)

Faithfully living according to the Truth of His Word

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NLT)

Continually speaking of Jesus to the world around us

“…you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT)

Intentionally leading others in following Jesus

Jesus came and told his disciples,“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” Matthew 28: 18-20 (NLT)

Actively participating in community with other Jesus followers

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”  Hebrews 10:24–25 (NLT)

Faithfully sharing responsibility for the work of the ministry

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.  If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.  If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.  Romans 12:6–8 (NLT)

Sacrificially giving of the time, talents & treasure God has given us

When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord.  Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift,  but he did not accept Cain and his gift. Genesis 4:3–5 (NLT)

Dependably serving in all things as unto the Lord

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23 (NLT)

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Our Story


Our Story


OUR STORY

In August of 2007, the Lord called our Pastor to resign from a mega-church   where he had served for 12 years and one month later in September 2007,  NewLife church was born.  From day one we have been dedicated to the expositional teaching of God’s Word and witnessing to our belief that Jesus is alive and gave His life so that we might be restored in relationship to our Creator.

Our first Sunday Celebrations were held at a hotel in Rio Rancho, the only place we found that we could comfortably afford. The adults worshiped in a ballroom, the kids met in conference rooms and our youth met in the only other space available...a hotel room with double beds...you can just imagine the first impression parents had dropping their teens off! 

After nearly a year and a half doing church at the hotel, finally in the Spring of 2009, we were able to lease and renovate an old warehouse on Unser Boulevard in Northern Rio Rancho which was our home for the next four years.  Then in 2013, God miraculously opened the door for us to purchase our current property, which we believe has enabled us to become the proverbial light on the hill. We are excited to see what new adventures God has for us in the years to come before Jesus’ return!

Come Discover NewLife, Jesus will be here, and we would love for you to meet Him!

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Our Core


Our Core


OUR CORE


Community

life Groups

Life Groups are small intimate gatherings in which we meet to pray, fellowship and discuss how to apply God’s Word to our daily lives.

WOMEN

Our Women's Ministry seeks to encourage women in becoming all that God has intended for them to be through targeted studies and  annual events. 

MEN

Our Men's Ministry seeks to help men become all that God has intended for them to be through regular gatherings and discipleship.

Family

KIDS

Our kids program is for infants to 8th grade and is designed for age appropraite learning & community.  

YOUTH

Our Youth Ministries meet  for worship, relevant discussions on Christian living and lots of fun

Fusion is for students in the 9-12th grades and meets on Fridays

Ignite is  for students in the 6th-8th grades and meets on Sundays.

 

Discipleship

Deeper life Academy

Our DLA offers classes to equip and prepare believers in personal evangelism, discipleship. theology and apologetics

prayer

Prayer is essential to our daily living in the Body of Christ. Our prayer ministry loves to take prayer requests & praise reports  before our Lord. 


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Our Elders


Our Elders


OUR ELDERS

An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don't have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. An elder is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money. Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong. Titus 1:6–9 (NLT)


Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Alan Brooks, Pastor

Alan was born in Enid, Oklahoma and became a devoted follower of Jesus in 1992;  His favorite movie is "Les Miserables" the one with Liam Neeson because he loves the story of redemption and changed lives. He reads a lot, so he has lots of favorites, but besides the Bible, considers Ted Dekker's trilogy Green, Red & White one of his all-time favorites.  His favorite food is pie... especially peach and strawberry rhubarb. One of the things he likes most about our NewLife, is the genuine love the people seek to express to one another.

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Leonard Apodaca, Pastor

Leonard says he was born in Merica, specifically Albuquerque and became a devoted follower of Jesus in 2000.  His favorite movie is Nacho Libre-the extended version and his favorite book is Max Lucado's "Just Like Jesus."  He smokes a lot...meats that is...because he loves BBQ.   What he loves about our NewLife is the biblical teaching and focus on God's Word, as well as our shepherd Pastor and the great people.

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Gary Hays, Elder

Gary was born in Galveston, Texas and became a devoted fully follower of Jesus in 1981. He likes old western movies because it represents an early phase of our nation, when law & order were determined by personal integrity... one of his favorites is "True Grit."   He enjoys reading, especially suspense books like Joel Rosenberg's novels. His favorite food is filet...charred & cooked medium rare...just in case you are buying.  What he likes most about NewLife is the commitment to the pure Word of God and its guidance in teaching others God ways.

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Jay Reynolds, Pastor

Jay was born in Los Angeles California and became a devoted follower of Jesus in 1973.   Two of his favorite authors are Tom Clancy and John Grisham.  HIs favorite movies range from adventure to science-fiction.  He enjoys eating and cooking many styles of food, Asian, Mediterranean, New Mexican (lots of green chile). The thing Jay enjoys most about NewLife is the direct and unequivocal approach to the Word of God and its application to believers lives.

 

 

 

 

Brandon Romero, Elder

Brandon was born in Amarillo, Texas and became a devoted follower of Christ in 2004. His favorite movies are Braveheart and Lonesome Dove. His favorite food is Hispanic.  He likes being part of NewLife because of the Biblical foundation; the message is unadulterated it comes from the word of God not the mind of a man, the people are genuine and caring and our shepherd is transparent.

 

 

 

Matt Dotson, Elder

Matt was born in Santa Fe, NM and became a devoted follower of Jesus in 2011. His favorite movie is the Passion of the Christ and favorite book is "Multiply." He absolutely loves his mother's Mexican food...what he calls "soul" food. What he loves about NewLife church is it's where his family has found a real home among one of the most friendly and encouraging group of Christ followers he's ever known.

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Our Beliefs


Our Beliefs


 OUR BELIEFS

GOD

We believe in one infinitely perfect, eternal and personal God, the transcendent Creator and sovereign Sustainer of the universe. This one God is Triune, existing eternally and simultaneously as three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three persons in the Godhead share equally and completely the one divine nature, and are therefore the same God, coequal in power, nature, and glory.

THE PERSON OF CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is both God (the second Person of the Trinity) and man (the Incarnate Son of God). We also believe in the great events surrounding Jesus Christ's life and ministry, including:

  • His eternal preexistence,
  • His virgin birth,
  • His attesting miracles,
  • His sinless life,
  • His sacrificial death on the cross,
  • His glorious bodily resurrection from the dead,
  • His ascension into heaven, and
  • His present work in heaven as High Priest and Advocate.
  • He will return in glory to resurrect and judge all mankind.

THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, is indeed a Divine Person, coequal with the Father and the Son. We also believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit in salvation, a ministry which includes the anointing and glorifying Christ, convicting men of their sin, bringing about the regeneration of lost sinners, and indwelling believers and empowering them for godly living and spiritual service.

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We believe the Bible (the Hebrew Scriptures & the New Testament Scriptures) reveal God's Message to man. This revelation is "God-breathed" and thus verbally inspired and without error in its original autographs. While God the Holy Spirit superintended the writing of the Bible, that writing nevertheless reflects the words and literary styles of its individual human authors. Scripture reveals the being, nature, and character of God, the nature of God's creation, and especially His will for the salvation of human beings through Jesus Christ. The Bible is therefore our supreme and final authority in all matters that it addresses.

HIS CREATION

We believe that the physical universe, the realm of nature, is the visible creation of God. It declares God's existence and gives a trustworthy revelation of God's character and purpose. In Scripture, God declares that through His creation all humanity recognizes His existence, power, glory, and wisdom. An honest study of nature -- its physical, biological, and social aspects -- can prove useful in a person's search for truth. Properly understood, God's Word (Scripture) and God's world (nature), as two revelations (one verbal, one physical) from the same God, will never contradict each other.

MANKIND

We believe God created mankind in His image and likeness (having rational, moral, relational, and spiritual capacities) to fellowship with Him and give Him glory. Human beings are therefore the crown of God's creation (possessing inherent dignity and moral worth), and thus distinct in kind from all other life on earth. Adam and Eve, the first human beings, chose to rebel against God and go their own autonomous way. As a result, all of mankind became separated from God, the image of God in man distorted, and the sinful nature passed on to all their progeny. Because of original sin (which includes both corruption and guilt), unregenerate human beings are incapable of pleasing or commending themselves to God. The only remedy for mankind's pitiful predicament is redemption through faith in Jesus Christ.

OUR REDEMPTION

We believe God has acted sovereignly to bridge the gap that separates people from Himself. He sent His Son, born of a virgin, attested by miracles and by a sinless life, to bear the full penalty for humanity's sin. Jesus Christ suffered and died in the place of sinners, thus satisfying the Father's just wrath against human sin, and effecting true reconciliation between God and mankind for those who believe. In the atoning death of Christ, both God's love and God's justice are fully manifested. The righteousness of Jesus Christ in perfectly fulfilling the law of God has been graciously credited to all believers. Redemption is solely a work of God's grace, received exclusively through faith in Jesus Christ, and never by works of human merit.

OUR JUSTIFICATION

We believe justification is a judicial act of God's grace wherein He acquits a person of all sin and accepts that person as righteous in His sight because of the imputed righteousness of Christ. Justification is strictly a work of God's grace, apprehended through faith alone, and solely on the account of Christ.

THE RESURRECTION

We believe Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, conquering sin, death, and all the powers of Satan. The resurrection is God's historical affirmation and vindication of Jesus Christ's unique identity, mission, and message. Historical evidence of the resurrection is manifest in Christ's empty tomb, His many resurrection appearances, and in the emergence of the Christian church. Jesus Christ now resides at the right hand of the Father, and lives to indwell all who recognize their sinfulness, who repent, and who turn their lives over to His authority.

THE CHURCH

We believe the church is the spiritual body of Jesus Christ (its Founder, Head, and Shepherd) and that it encompasses all true believers at all times and places. The function of the church is to carry out the Lord's expressed will through the power of the Holy Spirit. One of the central purposes of the church is to preach the Gospel (in both word and life), the good news that humankind can find salvation from sin through faith in Jesus Christ. All people who have placed their faith (confident trust) in Jesus Christ for salvation belong to the church and are, thus, the people of God. This community of believers is made up of people who are neither perfect nor sinless, but by grace their lives are coming more and more under the control of the Holy Spirit, expressing His love, joy, peace, and other Christ-like qualities.

THE GREAT COMMISSION

We believe Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. And since Christ has commissioned His people, the church, to go into all the world to disciple, to baptize, and to teach everyone everywhere to obey His Word, we desire, by His grace, to play our part in reaching the world with the Gospel of Christ.

THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.

GENDER, MARRIAGE, & SEXUALITY

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Genesis 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.) We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.) We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of NewLife. 

THE FUTURE

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth, personally, bodily, and visibly to establish his glorious reign in a kingdom that will never end. As the sovereign Lord, He will resurrect and judge all humanity. Those who have received His offer of life through the Gospel will go to eternal blessings in heaven; those who have rejected it, to eternal conscious torment in hell. We look forward to the blessed hope, Christ's Second Coming in glory.

HUMAN AUTHORITY

While we look to God and the Bible as our ultimate authority concerning truth, morality, and proper conduct, our Board of Elders is our human authority for the Bible’s interpretation and application.