new life fellowship

serving jesus christ the king

What is a Christian?
Ever wondered what Christians believe? We would like to explain it to you. No pressure. No hard-sell. No hassle.

Just six sessions to explain the basics. We will deal with questions like, Who is Jesus? Why did He have to die like He did? Why is it important that He came back to life? What makes someone a Christian?

You’ll not be asked questions, or to pray or anything like that. Instead you get to investigate one of the biographies of Jesus, and ask whatever questions you like.

It’s an opportunity for you to find out the facts for yourself.

Interested? Then why not drop us an e-mail us using the contact form with a note of your name and phone number and we will get in touch. We will arrange a time and place to suit you.

Finding out a little for yourself
If you want to browse a bit more, here are answers to some questions you might have

What is a Christian?
A Christian is someone who has been given a fresh start in life by God. They have turned from following their own ways, and have started following Jesus. They are relying on Jesus death on the cross to make them right before God, because they have realised that they can't do anything themselves to please a perfect God. Because of Jesus' death they are forgiven for all the wrong they have done.

Why do you need to become one?
horton - sin

From the minute we're born to the moment we die we break God's rules. When we die we have to stand before God and give account of ourselves, and our defiant ignoring of him and breaking his rules.

God requires sinless perfection. We can't meet that standard. If he didn't require such sinless perfection, Heaven would be a right old mess - full of mixed up messed sinners. So none are allowed into God's presence.

The flip side of the coin is that he will punish forever those who have broken his commands. If you don't think you've broken his laws - please look here.

Some people think that spending forever outside of God's presence sounds alright. They think that they will be amongst friends and family and that will be good enough. Sadly, friendship and fun and laughter are all kind gifts given by God. In Hell there will be no friends, no laughter. All pleasures will be gone. They exist only in God's presence.

With eternity ahead of you, this life is the only chance we have to fix our destiny. Now is the only chance you have to seek forgiveness, and to seek to be made right with God. It's not rocket science - just fairly straightforward.

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" - Romans 3:23

What hope do we have then?
God himself provides the solution. He knows that we can't help ourselves. We're so infected by sin that everything we do is stained by its dirty fingerprints. His plan of salvation is two-fold:

God sent his son to live the life we couldn't live - a perfect life.
And God sent his son to take the punishment that rightfully belonged to us.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." - Romans 6:23

How do you become a Christian?
Because Jesus has done it all, there is nothing left for us to do. This is the great flaw of every single religion in the world - they teach that the way to be right with God is through our own efforts. That simply can't be, for perfection is what God requires. One sin is enough to ruin our record before God, and no amount of good deeds, which are the basic requirement anyway can make up for that.

What is the answer? Here is where Christianity is unique. It is the only religion in the world that says you don't have to do anything - it's all been done. Jesus has done everything that is needed for us to be right with God. He did what we couldn't do - lived a perfect life, and he faced what we deserve - the wrath of God.

If he has done it all what do we need to do? Repent - that's a biblical word that means turn from doing what you want, and start doing what he wants. It includes seeking forgiveness from God for all the wrong you have done. The second thing you need to do is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Believing doesn't just mean believing the facts, but it means trusting him to pay the price on the cross for your sins.

"He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy." - Titus 3:5

"Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household." - Acts 16:30,31

"Repent and believe the good news!" - Mark 1:15
Is Jesus the only way?
Quite simply 'yes'. That's not an arrogant thing to say - He said it. And since he came and gave his life so that people could get to Heaven, and since he governs who gets into Heaven, and since Heaven is his home, I think he has the authority to say what the way to Heaven is. In fact to suggest that there is another way to get to Heaven that doesn't involve the death of God the Son, is a slap in the face to an infinitely wise God.

Jesus himself said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

He also said, "whoever comes to me I will never drive away." (John 6:37)

Does this mean I need to be born again?
This phrase 'born again' usually gets the hackles up in some people. I can't for the life of me see why. People ask me, "Are you one of those born again ones?", and the very tone betrays what they think.

Well the simple answer to both questions is "Yes".

It isn't me who chose the phrase, or who insists on the fact, it is none other than Jesus. Listen to these verses:

Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no-one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." - John 3:3
"You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'" - John 3:7

The reason Jesus uses this phrase is because it is so telling. We need a fresh start. We can't do it ourselves - what child causes themselves to be born?! It is humbling to realise that we cannot save ourselves, and we need God to do everything. Another reason he uses this phrase is that it conveys just how fouled up we are - we need a completely fresh start in life. Nothing we have done up to this point counts, except as a debt.

This new birth is just a biblical way of describing the whole process spoken of in "How do I become a Christian?"

So, yes, you do need to be 'born again'.
Here's a couple of links you might find helpful
Stories of many Irish people who have found peace and forgiveness through trusting in Jesus.