- Phone: 979-268-8900
- Address: 700 University Drive East, Ste. 115, College Station, TX 77840
Visiting a church for the first time can be intimidating. We hope that the following information will give you an idea of what it is like to join us for a weekend service. We can't wait to meet you!
Our philosophy of worship is simple and is derived from the commands of Scripture. We believe that when we gather, we should:
Paul commanded Timothy to devote himself to the public reading of Scripture (1 Tim. 4:13a). Elsewhere, he commanded that his letters not only be read by the recipients, but shared with other churches as well (1 Thess. 5:27, Col. 4:16). We structure our worship services to devote time to the public reading of Scripture.
As we sing praises to God, we are also commanded to sing to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19). In worship, singing has the dual purpose of honoring God and edifying the church. Our worship team plays a variety of songs that feature God-glorifying, biblical lyrics, ranging from ancient hymns of our faith to songs written specifically for New Life. We structure our worship services to devote time to singing to God and to one another.
Before his martyrdom, Paul wrote to Timothy, “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Tim. 4:1–2). We believe that one of the primary ways that God speaks to us is through the preaching of the Word. Whether we are doing a short topical series or going through a book of the Bible, our aim is to preach expositionally — explaining and applying the Bible as the authors intended. We structure our worship services to devote the bulk of our time to the preaching of the Word.
Paul writes, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2). We believe that we can do nothing apart from God, and we believe that God answers us when we pray to Him through Christ our Mediator. We do not use prayer as a “filler” before moving on to another aspect of the service. Rather, we are intentional regarding how we pray and what we pray for. We structure our worship services to devote time to prayer.
In the Great Commission, we’re not only commanded to make disciples of all nations – we’re commanded to teach those disciples “to obey everything Jesus commanded.” Every Sunday evening at 5:00pm, we gather with the intention of learning to obey everything Jesus commanded.
The Sunday evening format varies from week to week. On some evenings, church leaders or outside speakers will teach on a particular topic, often followed by discussion or prayer. Other evenings are devoted entirely to praying together. We also use Sunday evenings for Members’ Meetings, many of which are open to visitors as well. Our hope is to provide time and space for learning, fellowship, and prayer, and it has become one of the most enjoyable aspects of our life together as a local church.
On Sunday morning, while we are glad to have children of all ages worship with us, we also provide preschool care for children birth through 4 years old. This allows parents of younger children to focus on worship as they continue to train and disciple their children at home.
For school-aged children and youth, we provide worship bags that have a number of items to help them participate in the worship service. These bags include clipboards, a colorful worship guide, paper, crayons, and pencils. We believe these bags will help parents and teach kids to enjoy coming to worship. You can pick these bags up at the entrance of the Gathering Room on your way in to worship and drop it off at the gray box on your way out.
On Sunday evening, children and youth participate in discipleship programs created especially for them. Our preschoolers go through curriculum that helps them to understand the Bible’s major themes and stories. Older children (K-4th grade) memorize Scripture, learn theology, and enjoy time together with our dedicated volunteers. Our youth (5th–12th grade) meet to hear Gospel-centered teaching, participate in discussion, and build friendships with one another. Our kids also have opportunities throughout the year to meet together outside of Sunday evenings to learn, grow, serve, and have fun together.
If you have questions about our worship services, preschool care, or anything else, we are here to help you. You may speak to a volunteer at our Connect Booth as soon as you enter the front doors on Sunday morning or contact us using the link below.