A group of people who had a vision to bring a vibrant church with a Pentecostal perspective in Morrow County, Ohio started New Life Church. We are located in the heart of downtown Mount Gilead, which is a small village town in central Ohio and the county seat of Morrow County. Morrow County is mostly rural and is slowly becoming a bedroom community for the Columbus area. Ten years ago, there was no Assembly of God church in Morrow County and this group of people believed there needed to be. Consequently, New Life Church was born.
We believe that New Life is an appropriate name for our church because when a person becomes a Christian they obtain a “new life.” The Apostle Paul wrote: “What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun” (2 Cor. 5:17, NLT)! Our purpose is to see people come to faith in Jesus Christ and, therefore, receive New Life.
We also believe that in order to accomplish this goal and achieve our purpose, it will require operating in the power of the Holy Spirit. Shortly before Jesus left this earth, He told his disciples: “John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:5, 8, NLT).
Another aspect of our purpose is not only to see people come to faith in Christ, but to see their faith become all that God wants it to be. We call this discipleship. We feel strongly that Jesus has commanded us to make disciples because he said, “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” (Matt. 28:19-20a, NLT). Therefore, we believe that our task does not end when a person becomes a Christian, but that it is only beginning.
Moreover, we believe that we are a family – God’s family, and are more than a collection of individuals; we are a community of believers in Christ. We cherish our time with one another and truly believe that we are in this together. We share a common purpose and desire, which is to see New Life.
What about you? Does this sound like the kind of family you would like to be a part of? If it does, perhaps New Life is just what you have been looking for. Come and check us out.
Blessings In Christ