Newport Coast Lighthouse has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of
Our supreme desire is to know Christ and to be conformed into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such, only their overemphasis of the doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the Body of Christ.
We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is His (Agape) love, which is greater than any differences we posses and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
We believe worship of God should be spiritual. Therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.
We believe worship of God should be inspirational. Therefore, we give a great place to music in our worship.
We believe worship of God should be intelligent. Therefore, our services are designed with great emphasis upon teaching the Word of God that He might instruct us how He should be worshipped.
We believe worship of God is fruitful. Therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we truly have been worshipping Him.
A letter from Pastor Jeff on community:
Hello NCL family,
The word “community” seems to be a Christian buzzword today, but do we understand what the Bible tells us about it? At the inception of the church, the Holy Spirit was moving powerfully through those who had put their trust in Jesus. The Spirit moved so powerfully that people stopped living life the way they wanted to live and started living life the way the Lord was leading them to live.
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). Notice the changes made in the believer’s life. They devoted themselves daily to the teaching of the Word, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayers. This morning I would like us to consider the first two things they were devoted to.
First, they were devoted to the teaching of the Word of God. This is key to understanding the Christian life. Without it we will never learn to understand ourselves or the world around us. In the Word of God we find the answers needed to work out the problems in life.
Secondly, they devoted themselves to fellowship. The word “fellowship” means, “holding all things in common.” They devoted themselves to knowing and loving one another. On the day of Pentecost, 3,000 people were added to the church. Most of them were strangers, coming from different parts of the world to Jerusalem for the celebration. There were old people, young people, single people, poor people, rich people and many different races of people. But now they had something in common: they were all one in Christ! Immediately they began to love one another, share with one another their thoughts, reactions, and burdens, and pray with one another. This was the wonderful sense of community they enjoyed in their day, and it is the same sense of community we can enjoy today.
What was the result of this type community? “Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common” (Acts 2:43-44).
Why did they all fear? They feared because everyone who was in the city at that time saw God working through those people. Those in the city saw the power of the Holy Spirit take a very diverse group of people and unify them in such a powerful way, causing the people in the city to “revere” or be in “awe” of the power of God!
Oh, how I want this to be true of NCL in 2013. My hope is that the city around our community would see the power of God at work in us. Maybe you feel a lack of community in your life today. It is my desire that we experience all the benefits of community so that we may help you connect with others, grow in Christ, and share your faith.
I was discussing this issue of community with a pastor friend of mine from Calvary Nexus. He shared with me seven statements they developed that will help each person enjoy the community they desire. It is when you are able to answer “yes” to each of these statements that you will enjoy the greatest connection with Christ and with other Christians.
- I know the vision of the church and resonate with the vision.
- I regularly attend Sunday services.
- I am involved in a midweek gathering with people in the church.
- I am involved in at least one area of ministry in the church.
- I can identify seven friends in this community.
- I invite unbelievers to become a part of this community.
- I am financially committed to advancing God’s kingdom through this church community.
God bless you all!