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The message and ministry of Jesus Christ was a welcome relief to the people who had been oppressed by the insensitive religion of the day. Jesus on the other hand reached out to those people with compassion and love. Upon His departure from earth, He left behind a church body to be an extension of Himself. The New Life Church is a part of that extension and is committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ which includes reaching out to others with Love, Forgiveness and Acceptance.

In the three synoptic gospels, Jesus is referred to alternately as Messiah, Son of Man or Son of God. These names will be reinterpreted by Jewish Christian tradition. The term messiah, that the historical Jesus seems to have rejected means in the prophecies of Isaiah, the suffering servant announcing the Kingdom of God. The Son of Man in the Book of Daniel, was the personification of the chosen people in its initial purity free from sin. The name "Son of God," which will be the foundation of the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, was a title of Hellenistic rulers, and for that of the Jewish Messiah as king of Israel.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages, light from light, true God of every God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father and through whom all was made, who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnated of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, he suffered and was buried and he rose from the dead the third day according to Scriptures, he ascended into heaven where he sits at the right hand of the Father. From there he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will never end.

As founder of religion, the figure of Christ is a model for Christians. A work like The Imitation of Christ, a collection of sayings of the late fourteenth century, fueled the devotion and prayers of many generations of Christians, especially lay people, who sought in their daily lives to live according to precepts of Christ. It begins with these words: "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, saith the Lord. These are the words of Jesus Christ, through which he exhorts us to imitate his conduct and his life, if we are truly enlightened and delivered from all blindness of heart. The Imitation of the services was a success which continues unabated for centuries. In 1450, there were over two hundred and fifty manuscripts. It was a reference to the nineteenth century for Catholics and had a great influence on St. Therese of Lisieux. New editions come out regularly again.

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