New Covenant Baptist Church is an independent congregation that rests on the foundation of Jesus Christ and maintains the commitment to bring glory to God through all we do. Our vision is to share the love and good news of Jesus to our community, and to the whole world as we are able through our missionaries and
Loving God begins in the heart, with a personal relationship with Him. We grow together, in Christ, through the study of His Word. We serve by sharing the Gospel with those who need God.
Pastor Mike Ahern was born and raised in O'Fallon, Missouri. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 9, and rode a bus to church for years. At the age of 14, he surrendered to God's calling to be a preacher. In 2004, he went to Commonwealth Baptist College, where he met his wife Hannah.
Brother Mike was a youth pastor in Nicholasville, Kentucky, where he later became a pastor. He then moved to Bridgeview, Illinois, where he was an assistant pastor. He was called to NCBC in February of 2018, where he, Hannah, and their three wonderful children Evelyn, Hudson, and Grayson plan to stay.
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His Laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers are bishops or pastors (pastor, bishop, and elder are three terms for the same office) and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the New Testament (1 Tim. 3, Titus 1).
WE BELIEVE the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have the opportunity, and the building up and edifying of the saints. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, and that the one and only Head is Christ through the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:41-42; 8:1; 1 Cor. 4:17; Matt. 28:20; John 14:15; 15:10; Acts 14:23; 15:22; 2 Thess. 3:7; Rom. 16:17-20; 1 Cor. 11:23; Matt. 18:15-20; 1 Tim. 3; Titus 1).
World Evangelism & Soul Winning
WE BELIEVE the Lord's Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) is His command to every saved person to get the Gospel to the world; therefore, we carry forth an extensive program of soul-winning evangelism in the homeland and a worldwide missionary program abroad, with the goal of winning people to Christ, baptizing them, and teaching them everything the Lord has commanded us (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).
The Way of Salvation
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the shed blood and mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who, according to the will of the Father, assumed our nature, yet without sin, honored the Divine Law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, and all-sufficient Savior (Eph. 2:5; Matt. 18:11; 1 John 4:10; 1 Cor. 3:5-7; Acts 15:11; John 3:16; John 1:1-14; Heb. 4:14; 12:24; Phil. 2:6-7; Heb. 2:9, 14; 2 Cor. 5:21; Isa. 53:4, 5; Heb. 7:25; Col. 2:9).
Becoming a Christian
WE BELIEVE salvation is received when a person honestly, sincerely, consciously, and deliberately repents (changes their mind about God, Acts 20:21) and places their faith (trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. We reject the false doctrines of baptismal regeneration, work-based salvation, and prayers for the dead (Acts 20:21; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9; John 1:12; 3:16-17).
The Christian Life
WE BELIEVE that Christians should be separated unto God and separated from the world, and that all believers are called into a life of personal separation from all worldly and sinful practices (James 4:4; Rom 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 6:14-18).
WE BELIEVE a Christian should seek to live a life that is clean, holy, and without reproach. He/she should exhibit both attitude and actions so as to be of good report. Practices which are questionable, or which may cause another person to stumble, or which may mar the testimony of Christ should be avoided altogether. Therefore, personal standards of demeanor and deportment are expected (Eph. 2:10; 4:1; 5:1-4; Phil. 1:27; 3:14-21; 4:8-9).
The Dual Nature of a Christian
WE BELIEVE every truly regenerated, born-again Christian is saved by the grace of God through faith placed in Jesus Christ, and is thereby awarded a new and spiritual nature, which he did not previously possess.
WE BELIEVE the old nature, which we possessed from birth, is not eradicated, but lingers yet within us.
WE BELIEVE it is for this reason that true Christians are not perfect people, and they can still sin.
WE BELIEVE the new nature, if nourished properly, should begin to dominate the Christian’s life, and the old nature should be less and less prominent.
The Lord’s Day
WE BELIEVE that Sunday, the first day of the week, is the Lord’s Day. It is therefore a sacred and special day. It should be a day of worship of the Lord and service to Him, as well as a day of respite and rest from the ordinary routines of life (John 20:1, 19, 26; 1 Cor. 16:2; Heb. 10:25).
The Lord’s Supper
WE BELIEVE that the Lord’s Supper is the symbolic commemoration, by the use of unleavened bread and of the fruit of the vine, of the death of Christ until He comes again and that it is to be preceded always by solemn self-examination (1 Cor. 11:23-28).
WE BELIEVE the scriptures teach us to give tithes and offerings from our income and resources into the Lord’s treasury in the local church and that all of us have a responsibility before God to be faithful every week in our stewardship (Mal. 3:8-10; Matt. 23:23; 1 Cor. 16:1, 2).
WE BELIEVE that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin (Gen 1-2; Exo. 20:11).
Heaven and Hell
WE BELIEVE Heaven is a real place that is the eternal home of all who by faith claim the salvation of Christ.
WE BELIEVE Hell is a real place that is the eternal home of all who die without Christ as their Savior.
WE BELIEVE in the literal, physical, bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost (1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:5-6), the everlasting blessedness of the saved, which is Heaven (John 14:1-3; Rev. 21-22), and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost, which is Hell (Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:11-15).
WE BELIEVE Satan is a real being, a personal devil, that he is the enemy of God, the “father of lies”, the great deceiver of mankind, the instigator of all false systems of religion, and that both he and his followers will ultimately be cast into the lake of fire (2 Cor. 11:13-16; 4:3-4; Eph. 2:2; Rev. 20:2).
The Fall of Man
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that man was created in innocence, under the Law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression he fell from that holy and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but by choice, being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the Law of God, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse (Gen. 1:27, 31; 2:16-17; 3:6-24; Acts 17:26; Rom. 5:2:1-16; 5:12, 19; 1:18, 20, 32; 3:9-18; Isa. 53:6; Eph. 2:3; Gal. 3:10, 22; Ezek. 18:19, 20).
WE BELIEVE that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman (Gen 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23).
WE BELIEVE that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God, but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church (Gen. 3:16; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12).
WE BELIEVE that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage (Ex. 20:14; Heb. 13:4; 1 Cor. 7:1-5; Matt. 19:4-6).
WE BELIEVE that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, incest, fornication, adultery, polygamy, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Gen. 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).
WE BELIEVE that human life begins at conception and the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth control, population control, or the mental well-being of the mother and/or father are acceptable (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
WE BELIEVE that God has ordained and created all authority, consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home, 2) the church, and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these three institutions, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and has balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective, biblically-assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14).
The Virgin Birth of Christ
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son (Luke 1).
WE BELIEVE that Christian believers and local New Testament churches should be guided and governed by the Bible, and consequently, we believe it is imperative that we identify false doctrine and those who perpetrate it, and subsequently, stand separate and apart from them. We welcome all who come to our doors, but we give no place on our platform to honor or to hear the opinions and the views of those who do not hold to “sound doctrine”. With this in view, we oppose the widespread, popular practice of ecumenism (getting theologically diverse groups together for the sake of fellowship, for the cause of evangelism, and for the exercise of their ministries together).
The Second Coming
WE BELIEVE in “that blessed hope”, the personal, literal, and visible pre-tribulational, pre-millennial return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 2:1-3).
WE BELIEVE the Second Coming will be a two-phased event: first the rapture, then the revelation. The rapture will be followed by a seven-year period of great tribulation on earth (Rev. 4-18). At the end of the tribulation period, Christ will return to rule and reign on the earth for 1,000 grand and glorious years (Rev. 20:4-6).