- Our History
- Statement of Faith
New Light has stood for nearly a century. It is a congregation of rich history. Organized in 1916 by a group of worshippers who saw the need for a church in the community of Grassfield; New Light was birthed. Some of the primary founders were Brothers Tob McClavin, Samuel Johnson, and Andred Copeland. These brothers also desired a permanent place of worship; Brother Samuel Johnson, a neighborhood blacksmith, allowed the services to convene at his home. The membership of the church began to grow and Reverend W. G. Alexander of the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church was called to serve as its first pastor.
Over the years several pastors would lead the way for New Light to become instrumental and dedicated to the spiritual growth of its members through powerful worship and anointed teaching, as well as, the physical growth of the church through diligent and faithful stewardship. New Light has grown from the “small white church on the side of the road” to constructing a 20,000 sq. ft. edifice that will boast a gymnasium, classrooms, computer lab, and sanctuary, and this is only the beginning!
New Light, under the anointed leadership of Pastor Darryl J. McClary, has been blessed to have established 7 functioning departments with ministries designed to minister to the growing needs of the congregation and community. The ministry has a full time staff and numerous volunteers who assist Pastor McClary in “Empowering Believers & Equipping Leaders, to Evangelize the World!”
There is only one true, living sovereign, holy, and eternally existent God. God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe, sustainer of all things, the source of all truth, and is worthy of worship, confidence, and obedience. God is infinitely perfect and eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27,31 3:22; Deuteronomy 6:45; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19;
1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God by the miracle of the virgin birth. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus became man without ceasing to be God, to reveal God and to redeem mankind from sin. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. Jesus is now exalted at the right hand of God as Head of the Church. Christ is Lord of the individual believer, fulfilling His ministry as our Great High Priest and Advocate. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30;
Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4;
Acts 1:9-11; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. Every believer has at least one spiritual gift so we can use this gift for the strength and outreach of the church. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17;
1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25;
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The Bible is the Christian’s final authority in faith and conduct. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13;
Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Man is subject to Satan’s power; and man, within himself, has no means of recovery or salvation.
Genesis 1:17,27, 31; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Jesus became the sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5;
ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:17
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18;
Revelation 20:15; 1 Cor. 2:7-9