What is New Life?
Most importantly, a Christian church committed to implementing Jesus’ life and mission into our everyday lives and the life of the church. People from all over the world come to our Sunday services. We want to impact the world with hope, not only in our immediate surroundings, but in the whole city of Gothenburg. We want to be a relevant church where you feel at home, no matter where you come from or what you are carrying in your life.
You are welcome to join us!
A Swedish church representing many nations!
Although the majority of our members are Swedes, New Life represents more than 10 different nationalities from all corners of the world, from Russia to Nigeria. Our main worship services are held in both Swedish and English.
A church with connections to others
We belong to the Swedish denomination EFK (Interact), which has a charismatic baptist tradition with roots in the 19th century revival movements.
A church on solid foundations
As a church, we do not live independent from the Christian world or the world at large. From the very beginning of the church, actually even before the church was planted, we decided that we wanted to be part of existing networks and a denomination.The Evangelical Free Church, therefore, became a place for us to do just that. As a denomination within EFK, we have co-signed the important "Lausanne Covenant" that describes our theological stance on a number of issues.
The Lausanne Covenant
At Lausanne, the Christians faced current questions and found answers in Scripture that provided new impetus towards the evangelization of the world. The coming together of different Christians from so many cultures made it possible for us to widen the concerns to include the burning questions of the day:
- The relationship of evangelism and social concern, raised by the rapid growth in awareness of poverty and injustice in the world and the effects of (natural and human-made) disasters.
- Unity, diversity, and cooperation among Christians, raised by the post World War II development of the ecumenical movement in the World Council of Churches.
- The uniqueness of Christ, raised by the advocacy of tolerance of other religions.
- The validity of missions, raised by the call for a moratorium of missions that had been issued by some Two-Thirds World church leaders.
- The work of the Holy Spirit in evangelism, raised by the rapid growth of Pentecostal and Charismatic churches.
- Religious liberty and human rights, raised by heightening awareness through modern media of the infringement of these rights in many parts of the world.
- The relationship of the Gospel to culture, raised by its spread into many cultures and the self-consciousness of these cultures in the post imperial independence movements.