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A NON-DENOMINATIONAL & MULTICULTURAL CHURCH 538 E Constance Rd. 757.539.7001 Wednesday Night Bible Study 7pm Friday Night Power Prayer 6:30pm Sunday Worship Service 10am
 NewLife Suffolk Church is a place for fellowship, study, and prayer. It is where Christians and non Christians come together to care for one another and grow in their commitment to Christ. WHAT’S OUR MISSION? To win and reconcile souls into the Kingdom of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. WHO ARE WE? We Are a People… Anointed Is. 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has ANOINTED me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; Is. 61:2 To proclaim the favourable year of the LORD and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, Is. 61:3 To grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
 Blessed Is. 61:4 Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, they will raise up the former devastation; and they will repair the ruined cities, the desolation of many generations. Is. 61:5 Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks, and foreigners will be your farmers and your vine-dressers. Is. 61:6 But you will be called the priests of the LORD; You will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. Is. 61:9 Then their offspring will be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them because they are the offspring whom the LORD has BLESSED.
 Clothed Is. 61:10. I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, my soul will exult in my God; for He has CLOTHED me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Is. 61:11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.
 OUR VALUES Our Core Values are the constant, passionate, biblical core beliefs that drive the ministry of NewLife~Suffolk!. They are the internal engines sitting beneath the hood of the ministry bus. While NewLife~Suffolk! may be vision-focused, it is Values-Driven. Our Primary Core Value at NewLife~Suffolk! can be stated in a single word Relationship. We believe our relationship of love with God and each other is the Primary Core Value from which everything else in our fellowship flows. We are committed to growth in intimacy with and accountability to God and to each other. We are committed to learning how to relate to God as our loving Father and to fellow believers as members of His family in ways that will bring wholeness and healing. We have identified twenty (20) additional core values flowing from our Primary Core Value: PURSUIT OF GOD We are hungry to know God’s presence, hear His voice, and follow after Him (Psalm 63:1-3). TRANSFORMATION INTO CHRIST’S IMAGE We desire that through the power of the Holy Spirit we would be transformed into Christ’s likeness so that His love, mercy, grace, truth, purity, power, integrity and fruit would emanate from us in all we do (2 Corinthians 3:18).
 PRAYER We believe that prayer is essential because it is our primary means of communing with God and it is God’s primary means of accomplishing His purposes in the world (Mt. 6:5-15).
 SCRIPTURE We believe the Bible to both contain and be truth. It is infallible, inerrant, and authoritative. Scripture is the word of God written in the words of men, given to us so that we may hear the words of God and do the works of God (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 3:14-17). THE KINGDOM OF GOD We seek to move in the signs and wonders of the Kingdom, invoking the Spirit’s powerful presence, ministering through the Spirit’s gifts, and seeing God heal and work wonders (Mark 1:14-15). HEALING It is God’s nature to heal and make whole. Healing is valued as an end in itself for His glory. He has commissioned, authorized and empowered us to heal in all areas – spiritually, physically, relationally, from past hurts, and from demonic bondage. CHANGE We are committed to change as needed, both individually and corporately, until the full stature of Christ is reached (Ephesians 4:11-16; 2 Co. 3:18; Romans 8:29). SIMPLICITY We wish to do nothing for religious effect but rather to operate in natural low-key, non-hype patterns of ministry. Nothing will be done for showmanship (1 Corinthians 1:12). BEING SPIRIT-FILLED AND SPIRIT-LED We seek to honour Jesus as our Head and the Holy Spirit as our Counsellor and Guide. We seek to be responsive to the Holy Spirit’s leading in life and ministry (Ephesians 5:18- 21; Galatians 5:25 DISCIPLESHIP The New Testament calls for a radical commitment. Every Christian has been called to unconditionally surrender their total life to Christ. It is a lifestyle of relationship. Disciples desire to please Him and organize their lifestyle around Him (Luke 14:26-33; Matthew 16:24-25). We desire to be “flat out for God”. FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS We believe the Church is a family made up of families. We seek to minister within the entire spectrum of family situations present within our society – to couples, widowed. divorcees, children, youth, and singles (Ephesians 3:14-21; Psalm 68:6; Mark 10:13-16; Ephesians. 5:21-6:4; 1 Corinthians 7). CORPORATE UNITY All who belong to Christ are one in His Body, the Church. Our aim is to maintain unity by honouring all that call on Jesus’ Name and by seeking restoration with all parts of the Church (John 17:20-23). CORPORATE RELATIONSHIP We are honoured by every person God adds to NewLife~Suffolk! Our aim is to work together to build up the church through maintaining mutual respect, open communication, determined cooperation, and believing and speaking the best about each other (1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Ephesians. 4). BODY MINISTRY We believe in the priesthood of all believers. Every believer has been gifted and can be empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Body is not one member but many (1 Corinthians 12:14). God has placed each member in the Body, just as He desired, for the building up of the whole (I Corinthians 12:18). We are many members in one body each possessing differing functions (Romans 12:3-8 THE INDIVIDUAL The entire person is valuable and must be ministered to regardless of sex, race, age, marital status, or socio-economic status. Each individual has intrinsic worth. Each must therefore be served and cared for, never manipulated or used. The person-hood of each individual must be honored (James 2:1-9; Galatians 3:26-29). MERCY OF GOD We seek to have a fellowship where compassion can be fully experienced in giving and receiving from both God and man. Our goal is restoration rather than judgment, to see individuals become a restored part of the Kingdom rather than remain as castaways. We seek to be a place where righteousness and mercy kiss, so the needs of broken people can be met as we extend mercy to one another and to all to whom we minister (Colossians 3:12-13). THE POOR, WIDOW, ORPHAN AND STRANGER We are God’s extended hands to reach out to segments of society He greatly values (James 1:27; 2:5; Galatians 2:10; Leviticus 19:33-34; Deuteronomy 24:17-18; Matthew 25:31-46). SERVANT LEADERSHIP We believe that Christ has put significant leadership responsibility in the hands of the pastors God may raise up. Along with that responsibility, Christ delegates the authority necessary to carry it out. The Elders, Pastoral staff, Coaches and Cell Leaders seek to exercise that authority with humility, sensitivity, grace, accountability, trustworthiness, selflessness, care for the sheep and a sincere desire to build up the Body of Christ (Ephesians. 4:11-16; Philippians 2:1-8; 1Peter 5:1-4; Ezekiel 34). TEAM MINISTRY Team ministry is seen both in the Old Testament and New Testament as the pattern for ministry (Exodus18:13-27; Numbers 11:10-25; Nehemiah 7:2; Acts 13:1-2). Team ministry carries with it specific benefits for the Body of Christ. Team ministry allows for more complete ministry as men/women work together to complement one another (Ecclesiastes 4:10). Team ministry allows for variety of ministry within the Body (Acts 13:1-2). NEWLIFE~SUFFOLK! IS A CELL BASED CHURCH (A Family: Emphasizing Community) As the FAMILY of God, we emphasize COMMUNITY. By His very nature as Trinity, God has always lived in the richness which exists only in community. With only one break in this continuity, at the Cross, the Eternal has always existed in the lifestyle of community. OUR PRACTICES Acts 2:42 “And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostle’s teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” How will these look at NewLife~Suffolk!? 1. Teaching Systematic preaching through the Bible Topical classes Special Training Events, usually on Weekends Life Application of the Word in the cell One-on-one discipleship through the cell 2. Fellowship Cells meeting house to house Partners meeting weekly Friends getting together Ministry to one another Koinonia as a lifestyle 3. Prayer Prayer every time we gather together Partners praying for and over each other Half nights of prayer in the cells Corporate times of prayer weekly Special times of individual and corporate prayer and fasting Regular communing in worship 4. Breaking of Bread NOT dead liturgy, salvific, or transubstantiation Remembering & communing with Jesus Examining ourselves and discerning the Body Shared in cell, usually monthly Shared as a congregation every 2-3 months Shared annually as the Passover meal OUR LEADERSHIP PASTOR MICHAEL OLA Rev. Michael Ola is Chairman and Founder of the Suffolk Neighbourhood Bible Study Group, a non-denominational, multi-racial and multi-cultural group ministering to the needs of families in Suffolk through bible study, prayer and encouragement. He is also the Executive Director of the Heavenly Waters Youth Camp and Christian Retreat and a member of the Board of Directors for the Camp. Rev. Michael Ola is Founder and Senior Pastor of New Life -Suffolk, a non-denominational and multi-cultural Church. A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Ola attended Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina and the University of District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. Michael Ola, Pastor/Teacher is a licensed and ordained minister of New Life Church with a Master of Divinity from Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia. A graduate of Teen Challenge Inc, Ola is a wonderful example of the power of God to transform a broken life and bring restoration and purpose again. Most importantly to Rev. Ola, through his preaching, teaching and radio ministries, thousands of believers have had their faith strengthened and countless others for the first time have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. PASTOR CHANTAE OLA Rev. Chantae Ola has been a born-again believer since 1984. She’s a native of Suffolk, Virginia who served many years as Sunday School Secretary, Usher and Choir Member at Bethany United Church of Christ. She is a social worker and developer of benevolent and social programs. Chantae received her Master of Social Work degree from Howard University and bachelor studies were completed at Virginia State. Her passion is social gerontology and being used through God’s redemptive gift of prophecy. She currently serves as executive assistant to her husband Pastor Michael Ola. Michael and Chantae have two children, Adijat and Yussef.
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