Vision and Values
New Life Providence Church is a growing multi-site congregation with over 3,000 in attendance each weekend at its campuses in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk, Virginia. New Life Providence (NLP) is evangelical in doctrine, charismatic in ministry, eclectic in worship, and intentional in its efforts to help members relate to one another as a multi-ethnic, multi-gifted blend of God’s people.
New Life Providence Church is a transethnic community of believers that is a house of prayer, a house of worship, and a house of the Word.
We treasure beauty in diversity and express the creativity of God as a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-gifted blend of God’s people whose focus is not on social, economic, ethnic, or gender distinctions
We value…authentic community
The transforming power of the Holy Spirit enables us to live transparent lives with one another under the lordship of Jesus Christ.
We value…wholehearted worship
Our worship encompasses exuberant, eclectic, and celebrative styles where spiritual gifts are encouraged and exercised with freedom and order.
We value…continual prayer
We encourage both personal and corporate prayer that supernaturally advances the kingdom of God in the earth over the powers of the evil one.
We value…intentional evangelism
We walk out our calling to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, here and abroad, through personal evangelism.
Statement of Faith
Inspiration of Scripture
We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments by the Holy Spirit as originally given; they are the final authority for our faith and life. (II Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12)
We believe in one God revealed in three co-equal, distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; Ephesians 2:18)
We believe that man in his natural state is a sinner—lost, undone, without hope, and without God. (Ephesians 2:1-2; Romans 3:23)
Divinity and Humanity of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who, by His incarnation and virgin birth, took upon Himself the form of man and became the God-Man. In the one person of Christ there are two natures, human and divine, each in its completeness and integrity. They are distinguishable but indivisible, so that He is fully man and fully God. He lived a sinless life and became the only sacrifice for the sins of the world. (Ephesians 1:3-5; Romans 5:1-11; Acts 12:4; I Peter 1:18-19)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Luke 24:38-43; John 20:24-29)
We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance toward God for sin and a personal heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in regeneration. This salvation is entirely by grace and not by works. (Ephesians 2:6-10; Romans 5:1; Acts 3:19-20)
We believe in the visible, bodily return of Christ to this earth to judge the world and to claim His Bride. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 1:7)
We believe that the Church is Christ’s spiritual body on earth today. It consists of born-again believers and has both universal and local expressions. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28)
Heaven and Hell
We believe in the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal bliss for the saved; hell for the unsaved and heaven for the saved. (John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:11-15)
We believe that Satan is a fallen, created being who is the “god of this world.” He and his well-organized company of demons are opposed to the Kingdom of God and work to defeat and destroy the believer. While his activity is real, Satan and his demon spirits were defeated and overthrown by Christ’s victory at the cross. (Luke 10:17-20; Colossians 2:13-15; Ephesians 6:10-18)
We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Godhead who is active in the world today. The Spirit indwells and seals the believer at new birth. We believe that baptism in the Holy Spirit is a subsequent experience and is available to all Christians to empower them to be witnesses. We believe in and encourage the use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. (John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4)
We believe that believer’s water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of the Church and should be practiced regularly. (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-10; 1 Corinthians 10:16-21)