New Life Presbyterian Church of La Jolla is a catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, and Reformed church of the Lord Jesus Christ
....'catholic' in that we identify with the whole of Christ's church as summarized in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds.
....'Protestant' in that we stand with Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others of the Reformation era in their recovery of the Gospel.
....'Evangelical' in that we believe the Gospel (Greek: 'evangel') is the message we proclaim in the Church, to the world.
....'Reformed' in that we subscribe as a church to the Reformed doctrinal standards of the Westminster Confession of Faith (with its Larger and Shorter Catechisms).
We also believe that the Bible is not a doctrinal textbook, but an unfolding history of God's redemption and kingdom. Therefore, our teaching and preaching aims to demonstrate how the Bible, from beginning to end, points us to Jesus Christ and the heavenly kingdom of God inaugurated through His death and resurrection.
A summary of what we believe can be summarized using the '5 Solas' of the Reformation:
Sola Scriptura ('Scripture Alone') - We believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of the true and living God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We affirm the completeness, finality, and sufficiency of revelation given to us in the Bible alone. While we make use of creeds or councils, common sense and logic, and science, all of these disciplines must be done in manner subservient to the Scriptures.
Solus Christus ('Christ Alone') - We believe that Christ is the only incarnate self-revelation of God and redeemer of humanity. We confess that Jesus is the only way of knowing God, the only way of entering into a relationship with God, the only way of finding true peace, and the only way of being saved from His eternal wrath. We preach Christ and not moralism, legalism, or politics.
Sola Gratia ('Grace alone') - We believe in the sovereignty of God in salvation and all things. We affirm the Calvinist doctrines of total depravity, unconditional election, definite atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints.
Sola Fide ('Faith alone') - We believe that the only way sinners can draw near to a holy God is to have their sins pardoned and receive the imputed righteousness of Christ. We affirm that justification is by faith alone, a once-for-all act, and that even our best works cannot in any way earn our salvation.
Soli Deo Gloria ('To God's glory alone') - We believe that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We believe that because all of our salvation is accomplished by God in Christ, the Gospel now compels us to live our lives before the face of God, for his glory alone, as we seek to love God and love our neighbors.