- 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 - at least, what it’s like when we aren’t in the middle of a pandemic. During this unusual season:
But under normal circumstances, we hope this page will help you know what to expect when you visit us on a Sunday morning. 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
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.
On the night Jesus was betrayed, he celebrated a final Passover meal with his disciples (Matt. 26:26-29, Mk. 14:22-25, Lk. 22:14-23). During that meal, he took bread and broke it, saying that it represented his body broken for them. After supper, he took a cup of wine and said it represented his blood poured out for the forgiveness of sins. He said that as often as we ate the bread and drank the wine, we were to do it in remembrance of him. The Apostle Paul also explained that when we take the Lord's Supper, we are proclaiming Jesus' death until he returns (1 Cor. 11:26). At New Life, we invite all baptized believers to receive the Lord's Supper weekly in our worship service, which symbolizes our communion with God and one another through faith in Jesus our Lord.
We also regularly celebrate baptism at the end of our worship services, which symbolizes our death with Christ and our resurrection to new life through faith in him (Rom. 6:4). Those being baptized share the story of how they came to faith in Jesus with us, and then we immerse them in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in obedience to Jesus (Matt. 28:19-20).
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.
We are glad to have children of all ages worship with us on Sunday morning. However, we also provide preschool care during our worship services 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, 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
For youth (preteens and teenagers), we provide clipboards with a sermon notes page attached to them. Students can use these guides to help them follow along during the sermon, and they serve as a helpful discussion guide for further conversation with parents and youth volunteers.
Our hope is that families will choose to worship together at
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.