We want to see people saved, healed, set free, comforted and released to be all they can be! We are not just saved and our lives radically transformed for ourselves. We want to be a living letter to our families, friends, colleagues, schools and our city, of His great grace, mercy and love at work in our lives. It is for this reason that we meet together as friends to enjoy God and to get commissioned for the work He says He has already planned for us to do.
We have embraced, amongst others, the following Biblical values:
Being radically Word-based
The phrase “The Bible plus nothing; the Bible minus nothing” sums up our belief that we should preach and live the whole counsel of God, not ignoring any part of the Word, or adding to it in any way. Acts 20:27; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Mark 7:10-13; Revelation 22:18-19.
Priesthood and Servanthood
We believe that the priesthood is made up of the whole body and not just a few people who may be leaders or may be employed full-time at the church. All of God’s people should be doing the “work of the ministry” on a full time basis in their families, workplace, schools, universities etc.. 1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 2:10; Exodus 19:6; 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Corinthians 13 and 1 Corinthians 14
Priority of the Nations
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.'”
Matthew 28: 18-20.
This is one of the last instructions Jesus left with His disciples to teach all those who would follow Jesus. At newDAY, we embrace it wholeheartedly, realising that the ‘nations’ are not only across our borders but that they begin in our neighbourhoods. God’s covenant with Abraham, the father of our faith, was that he would be a blessing to the nations and that’s exactly what we want to be. Mark 16:15-16.
Friendship and not just Function
A strong value for us at newDAY is that of friendship with one another. In fact, it goes further than that: We are brothers and sisters in the new covenant God has made with us through Jesus. Acts 2:42–47 describes the relationship that existed between the members of the early church and we seek to emulate that relationship. Our relationship with one another in the church goes far beyond the interactions we have with each other within the functions we perform within the church and also go far beyond simply connecting at corporate meetings. Acts 2:42; John 15:14; Hebrews 10:16; Matthew 26:28.
Marriage and Family
Marriage and family is God’s idea. We place a strong emphasis on both of them, believing that strong marriages result in healthy families. We long to be able to show our city that strong and happy families and marriages are possible in God’s Kingdom. Not only does Ephesians 5:25-32 show us that marriage is a picture of the church, but also it gives us some clear instructions as to how they should both work. Genesis 1:26-28; Ephesians 5:25-32; Matthew 19:4.
We are a People of Prayer
Scripture, in both Old and New Testaments, places a huge emphasis on prayer, and so do we, whether it is personal or group prayer, prayer meetings or times of prayer and fasting. Acts 1:1-4; Acts 2:42; Acts 4:24-31; 1 Timothy 2: 1-2; Colossians 4:12.
Reaching the Lost
Ephesians 4:12 tells us that the work of an evangelist is to prepare God’s people for the work of the ministry – obviously, in this case, the ministry being evangelism. Whilst there are people with the gift of evangelism in the church, we believe that reaching the lost is also the wonderful responsibility of each and every one in the church. Acts 2:46-47; 2 Timothy 4:5; Romans 15:16-20.
Tithing is a Biblical practice, and is an act of worship. It began in the Old Testament before the Law was given, with Melchizedek and Abraham in Hebrews 7:1-10. Giving It is in our giving that we show our generosity. As newDAY we always encourage cheerful and uncompelled giving.