Our community is a collection of people of all ages and professions from a wide variety of spiritual and social backgrounds.
We embrace Jesus’ claims to be true and transformational and the central message of the Bible to be the good news, or “gospel,” of a God who created us for himself and desires us to live fully as we enjoy relationship with him and each other. The Bible’s radical message of grace centers around Jesus and creates a new city comprised of renewed individuals living not for themselves but for the God who redeems. For this reason, New City is a church characterized by rooted conviction, real conversation and renewing community.
We hope you will get to know us better as you converse, study, worship and serve with us. Whether you are a committed follower of Christ or a confused Christian; churched, un-churched or de-churched; skeptical about Christianity or simply curious, you will find in New City a community where serious and genuine conversations take place about the person, work, and claims of Jesus Christ; where there is a humble recognition of both the beauty and brokenness of his church and where there is a sense of awe that God has invited us to join in his mission to the city and to the world.
New City Is...
A Worshipping Church
Christ is Lord and is worthy of worship. We realize that our ultimate existence as a church is for the purpose of worshipping God. Our worship is joyful, yet reverent; according to scripture and in line with the liturgy and practices of the ancient church and Reformed tradition, yet contextualized to the uniqueness of our contemporary culture. Our worship involves preaching that is expository; liturgy that is participatory; and sacraments that are observed regularly. Our worship is scripture regulated and Gospel driven.
A Biblically-Faithful Church
Christ commanded his followers in the Great Commission to “teach…everything I have commanded.” Our pursuit for truth and wisdom about the church and world; God and humanity; sin and salvation; and everything else will be found in the scriptures, not in human ideas. We rejoice in the biblical teaching of God’s gracious salvation for sinners that is by grace; through faith; and in Christ alone, which leads us to live the entirety of our lives for His glory alone. This is the claim of Reformed Theology and we stand in this tradition, passionately teaching the doctrines of grace so that we might always be reforming according to scripture.
A Gospel-Centric Church
The news of Christ and him crucified is the power that saves and changes people and places. The gospel is the answer for our spiritual problems and for all of our other problems. We are committed to the gospel because we know there is no real hope, life, or transformation apart from it. For this reason, the gospel of God’s grace will permeate all that we do and will continually be held out for Christians and non-Christians to explore, embrace, and enjoy.
A Relational Church
Christ, during his public ministry, was constantly gathering people together. He still is. As the gospel transforms us and our relationships with one another, we live out the gospel through hospitality and deeds of love and kindness in and through community.
An Outward-Facing Church
We are a mission-minded congregation continually burdened for the needs (spiritual, physical, and social) of our neighbors and of the city. We pray for the city; serve the needs of the city; and seek to be a church in the city who faithfully proclaims Christ in both word and deed. Everything we do, from public worship to private fellowship; from small groups to children’s ministry to service projects in the city is a gospel-centered event with the hope of advancing God’s kingdom. Our desire is to see churches planted into many different neighborhoods and people groups represented in our city, since it will take a movement (not just a single church) to bring the gospel to bear upon Royal Oak, Detroit, and all of Metro-Detroit. text.