Summary of Beliefs
Ivyland New Church is a congregation of the New Church. The New Church is a new Christianity that provides a clear path to happiness and addresses your questions about God, love, and life after death with answers that make sense. The teachings are immediately practical and deeply spiritual, providing a new understanding of God's timeless story.
It is a religion to be lived, not just believed. Some of our most important beliefs are highlighted below with further details on our denominational site (www.newchurch.org).
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the one loving God. He is never angry and never gives up on us.
"The Lord Jesus Christ is the one God of heaven and earth — the all-powerful Creator and Provider, and the approachable, loving, personal God who reaches out to all of us. The Father is the Soul, the Son is the Body, and the Holy Spirit is the Activity of the One Divine Person. He is intimately aware of the directions of our lives, and works in countless ways to inspire our free response to all that He offers." More about "God" on newchurch.org
The Bible is God speaking through literal stories, parables and a systematic inner meaning.
"The Bible also known as the Word of God is a revelation by God of Divine truth itself. In the pages of Scripture, He teaches us that there is a God, that there is life after death and that heavenly happiness (in this life and in our eternal life) can be found by living according to His Commandments. The Bible can be read on many different levels. There is a literal meaning, a history of God's relationship with His people, and a deeper symbolic meaning which teaches individuals about their own spiritual lives. We call this allegory the "internal sense" of the Word." More about the "Word of God" on newchurch.org
Heaven's Happiness comes to life whenever we invite God to inspire our daily work and service to others.
"We open ourselves to the love of God by turning away from evil and learning to do what is good. In acting from that love by living a useful and productive life for the sake of others, the Lord opens heaven within us and prepares us for an eternal life of ever growing love and happiness in heaven."
Spiritual Freedom is a gift. God endows us with the capacity to choose our eternal destiny.
"The Lord ensures that each of us has the freedom to choose what we want to believe and how we want to live. He gives us this ability, knowing full well that we can use it to reject Him and serve ourselves. Yet by means of it we can turn to Him and see the wisdom in freely choosing to serve others as He asks. Freedom is the cornerstone of individual spiritual growth."
Salvation is progressive and involves an ongoing process of spiritual growth.
"The New Church teaches that every person is saved (chooses heaven) who acknowledges God and lives according to the Ten Commandments. The Lord makes sure that all people have the opportunity to learn these two most basic principles of religion, working through many churches in many nations." More about "Salvation" on newchurch.org
Marriage Love between a husband and wife can become spiritual and continue to eternity.
"Love in marriage is a special gift from the Lord. When spiritual principles are applied not only to one's spiritual growth, but also to the marriage relationship, troubled times can be overcome, and that marriage will grow in friendship, mutual support, and happiness. Genuine marriage does not end with death, but continues to eternity." More about "Marriage" on newchurch.org
Life after Death is real. Everyone continues life's journey right away as a complete person.
"The life after death is real, and much more knowable than many people believe. The book Heaven and Hell by Emanuel Swedenborg has inspired people for over two centuries with its detailed description of life after death. It teaches that death is merely a transition from the natural world to the spiritual world, where life continues for all people according to the patterns they have developed in life. Those who have cooperated with God in this life by striving to become better people, find themselves in a heavenly way of life in the next. Those who have chosen to serve themselves above their neighbors gravitate towards others like themselves in the place called hell. People freely choose their eternal destiny." More about the "Life After Death" on newchurch.org
Heaven is for all people who become angels by living according to the 10 Commandments.
"People who love God and follow His Commandments (while on earth) will become angels and live in heaven after death. Their life will not be an eternal paradise of leisure. Everyone in heaven gets personal satisfaction and true meaning from being in useful service to others. The spiritual love that makes heavenly life within a person beautiful also creates a beautiful spiritual environment around them. In heaven this environment is experienced just as we experience the objects around us in this world, only far more vividly." More about "Heaven" or the "Life After Death" on newchurch.org