Pentecostals get their name from the Bible events in Acts chapter two. One hundred and twenty of the Lord’s disciples had gathered after His resurrection in an upper room to pray and wait for the ‘promise of the Father.’ (You can read this story in Acts chapters one and two). When the promise came it was on the Jewish holiday called Pentecost. All one hundred and twenty were ‘filled with the Holy Ghost’ and began to ‘speak with other tongues’ in that upper room. When the revelation of speaking in tongues came to the modern church around 1900, those who accepted the use of speaking in tongues began to call themselves Pentecostals.
All Pentecostals, it seems, can trace their roots to events in Topeka, Kansas and the Azusa Street mission in Los Angeles, California. The outpouring of the Holy Ghost spread across America like wildfire at the turn of the 20th century as believers responded to the supernatural events surrounding the Day of Pentecost in the Book of Acts. “Tongue-talkers” were once a small minority but now make-up the greatest percentage of all Christian believers.
New Life Tabernacle was born out of the Apostolic Pentecostal movement that spread through Oklahoma in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Apostolics were distinctive from other Pentecostal groups for their belief in One God, tongues as initial evidence of the Holy Ghost, and baptism in the Name of the Lord Jesus.
Pastor Dan Switzer began leading New Life Tabernalce in August of 1988. Our present church plant that we worship in is the eighth building.
Turn people to Christ and point them to His purposes.
This statement reflects the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) that not only instructs us to lead people to Christ but to teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. Paul told the Roman believers that a good life had two elements, loving God and living according to His purposes.
New Life's theme is lifted from this scriptural idea:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 KJV).
New Life's purpose is to win people to the Lord and then lead them to continually be searching for and incorporating His purposes in every area of life. Missing the relationship with Christ or missing his purposes for life results in a life that is not working together for good. One can see this purpose emanating from New Life's governing values & principles.
Governing Values & Principles:
We value Personal Devotions, Fasting, & Prayer.
We believe in the Apostles’ Doctrine as the plan of salvation (Acts 2:38).
We value Holiness as the Believer’s way of life.
We believe in continually Teaching and Searching God’s Word for His Purposes.
We value a culture of Praise & Worship as a vital door into the Lord’s presence.
We believe in personally participating in the Great Commission.
We value an Atmosphere of Grace and Mercy by loving others as ourselves.
We believe Gift-based Ministry helps equip and engage believers into the harvest.
We believe in serving the Needy, Fatherless, Widows, & Strangers.
We believe that Strong Families are vital to the last day harvest.
We value Stewardship and Continuous Improvement in all aspects and ministries.
The overall purpose and governing values shape an inspiring vision of New Life's future and role in the work of the Lord. We are striving to achieve this compelling vision by focusing the individual believer in a coordinated effort with the rest of the Body of Christ.
New Life envisions a day when we are reaching the entire metropolitan area of Tulsa County with daughter works that have the same burning passion.
We envision a day when thousands of believers call New Life home.
We envision a day when our campus is a feeder for the work of God around the world.
That is why we feel that our main campus development is important in the overall vision.