My wife and I would like you to know how excited we are to welcome you to the New Destiny Fellowship Church Family.  A family that will cry, laugh, pray, but most of all worship God together. We like to believe that our church is one that will embrace everyone with open arms, and heart. Our number one obligation is to display the love of God in all that we do.

Here at New Destiny, we have dedicated our lives to changing our minds, and the way we think about our family, friends, finances, food, and fun. Therefore, we ask every member to make it their personal obligation to be an example to the world in each of these areas. The bible tells us not to conform to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We believe once we transform our lives, the world will follow.

Also, as a member, we would like you to fill free to use whatever talents, or gifts, God has given you (singing, dancing, teaching, etc.…) to build this ministry, & Gods Kingdom. We believe in letting everything that has breath praise ye the Lord. If we are to grow and become the church God has called us to be, we need each member to fill equally vested in all that we do.

In closing, we thank you again for giving us the opportunity to lead and guide you in every way the Lord has placed it upon our hearts to do so. And we believe if you use everything God gives you through this ministry; your life will never be the same. May God continue to bless you in all that you do.

Blessings,

Bishop Clyde E. Harden Jr.

Senior Pastor Lady Tonya Harden

What do we believe?

Why should I be baptized?

  1. To follow the example set by Jesus.

“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.”  Mark 1:9

  1. Jesus Christ commands it.

“Jesus said; ‘Go then, to all the people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  Matt. 28: 19-20

  1. It demonstrates my obedience as a believer.

“…many of the people who heard Him believed and were baptized” Acts 18:8

  1. We baptized in the “Name of Jesus Christ” according to Acts 2:3 “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
  2. It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.

“Christ died for our sins…He was buried…and he rose again.”

   1 Cor. 15: 3-4

“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” Col. 2:12

  1. It illustrates my new life as a Christian.

“When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside.  The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” II Cor. 5:17

Pre-Marital Counseling

Pre-marital counseling is offered and required before the actual ceremony takes place.  It must be scheduled at least three months prior to the wedding date for a minimum of two hours, unless otherwise advised.  To schedule your pre-marital counseling session with our Pastor, or one of the Pastor’s Personal Care Counselor, you may call the Business office at (936) 653-4525.

Inmate Ceremonies- It is recommended that inmate ceremonies be officiated by the Chaplain of the unit from the State Prison System.  The handling of licenses and other legal filings and documentations are best handled by the prison Chaplain.

Membership

A person that is considered to be in good and regular standing with the church is one who:

  1. First attends the Membership Orientation Course.
  2. Attends the church on a regular basis.
  3. Is a tithing and giving member.
  4. Is an active participant in the church and its ministries.
  5. Abides by the leadership of the Pastor.
  6. Understands the Vision of the church.
  7. Becomes a student of God’s will and

Christianity & Salvation

“For now, we are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, and we who have been baptized into union with Christ are enveloped by Him.  We are no longer Jews or Gentiles, or slaves or free men, or even merely men or women, but we are all the same—we are Christians; we are one in Jesus Christ!” Galatians 3:26

Steps to Salvation

  1. Admit that God has not been first place in our lives and ask him to forgive our sins.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 3:23

“If you confess that Jesus is your Lord, and you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

  1. Acknowledge that Jesus died to pay for our sins and that he rose again on Easter and is alive today.

“If you confess that Jesus is your Lord, and you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Romans 10:9

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name (Jesus) by which we must be saved.”  Acts 4:12

  1. Accept God’s free gift of salvation. Do not try to earn it.

“For it is by grace you are saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9

“To all who receive Him, He gives the right to become children of God.  All we need to do is trust Him to save us.  All who believe this are reborn! Not a physical rebirth…but from the will of God!” John 1:12-13

Our relationship to God is not restored by anything we do, but based on what Jesus already did for us!

  1. Invite Jesus Christ to come into our lives and be the director (Lord) of our lives.

“Jesus says, Listen!  I stand at the door and Knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in…”  Rev. 3:30

You can take these steps by praying a simple prayer of commitment to God:

“Dear Jesus Christ,

Thank you for making me and loving me even when I have ignored You and gone my own way.  I realize I need You in my life and I am sorry for my sins.  I ask for Your forgiveness.  Thank You for dying on the cross for me.  I believe You are the son of God and I accept You into my heart.  I ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I may live Your life daily.   Thank You for saving me.

Amen

“Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:13 (See also Romans 10:9, Romans 10:23)

The Lord’s Supper

Jesus never asked His disciples to remember his birth.  But He did instruct them to remember His death and resurrection.  He gave the church two visible symbols, called ordinances, as reminders of His death.

These two ordinances are baptism and The Lord’s Supper.  The Lord’s Supper is an object lesson that represents a great spiritual truth for believers.  Baptism is an outward testimony of an inward dwelling.

What is the Lords Supper?

  1. It is a simple act, not an elaborate ceremony.

“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread…” (verse 23)

  1. It is a reminder.

“And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; eat it in remembrance of me.” (verse 24)

  1. It is a symbol.

“In the same way, he took the cup saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; drink it to remember me.” (verse 25) 

  1. It is a statement of faith.

“For whenever you eat the bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes back.” (verse 26)

Who Should Take the Lords Supper:

Only those who are already believers should take of The Lord’s Supper.  (Mark 14:22-26)

“For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment upon himself” II Cor. 11:29

Good Stewards

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

This is a divine plan of God to empower and equip the church for kingdom building from a monument to a movement.

WHAT DOES THE SCRIPTURE SAY?

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

  Malachi 3:10

  • Tithes consist of a minimum of 10% of your income and your earnings. A tithe envelope will be given to you during the worship services.  If you would like a tithe envelope mailed to you, then please contact the church Business Office and we will mail one to you.

Each family member will be expected and required to pay tithes and offerings on a regular basis for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God.  Remember, money makes ministry and not ministry makes money.

  • Offering is discretionary giving. We believe in letting your conscience and the quality of the ministry be your guide to the size of your offerings.

“What soldier in the army has to pay his own expenses?  And have you ever heard of a farmer who harvest his crop, and doesn’t have the right to eat some of it?  What shepherd takes care of a flock of sheep, and goats and isn’t allowed to drink some of the milk?  And I’m not merely quoting the opinions of men as to what is right.  I’m telling you what God’s law says.  For in the law God gave Moses, he said that you must not be a muzzle on an ox to keep it from eating when it is treading out the wheat.  Do you suppose God was thinking only about oxen when he said this?  Wasn’t he also thinking about us?  Of course, he was.  He said this to show us that Christian workers should be paid by those they help.  Those who do the plowing and threshing should expect some share of the harvest…In the same way the Lord has given orders that those who preach the Gospel should be supported by those who accept it.” I Cor. 9:7-10, 14

“Let him who receives instruction in the Word of God share all good things with his teacher—-contributing to his support.”  Gal. 6:6

“Let the elders who perform the duties of their office well be considered doubly worthy of honor (and of adequate financial support) especially those who labor faithfully in preaching and teaching.  For the Scripture, you shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain, and again, the laborer is worthy of his hire.” I Tim. 5:17-18

Giving:

  1. Tithes Envelope (Tenth)

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops: then your barns will be filled to overflowing…” Proverbs 3:9-10

  1. Sunday Offerings:
    • Regular Offering (Envelope)
    • Weekly Love Offering (Envelope)
  • Wednesday Offerings:
    • Regular Offering (Envelope)
    • Seed Faith (Envelope)

You will be given an envelope for your Love Offering every Sunday and Wednesday or any time that you want to give.  Each person is asked to give every week to aid the Pastor in sowing seeds.  The Love Offering is used for Pastor’s daily, weekly, monthly and yearly expenses.  The Love Offering is for their use of transportation, gas, cab fare, airfare, parking for hospital, court or jail visits, insurance, family, laundry, clothes, shoes, shirts, suits, envelopes, stationary, utilities, food, haircuts or any of their personal expenses.

As a giver to the New Destiny Fellowship Church, tax statements can be given from the various ministries and organizations in order to show that your tithes and offerings went towards the furtherance of the Ministry.  To request a tax statement, please call the Business Office.

Please Note:

Effective immediately we will no longer be able to cash payroll, government, Income Tax Refund or personal checks.  However, your checks will still be accepted as a means of giving your tithes and offerings.  We will exchange coins to cash only.  Coins must be placed in the proper Change Envelope.

 

Christian Giving:

“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as AI have given orders to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.  Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gathering when I come.”  I Corinthians 16:1, 2

Now let us talk about giving.  “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him…”  There is no doubt that God’s way of financing His work is that His people give to its support.

 

The Rule Of Giving:

How much should we give?  Our giving should begin with at least ten percent.  No one should think of giving anything less than that.

Some of you might say, “That was under the law in the Old Testament,” and you are right.  It is in the Old Testament, but that does not mean that it is not binding to you.  “Thou shalt not kill” is in the Old Testament Law and we know that it is just as wrong to kill today as it was then.

Abraham is the first man mentioned in the Bible who paid tithes (Gen. 14:14-20), and that was before the Law was given.  He gave ten percent to Melchizedek.  What made Abraham decide to give ten percent when God had not instructed him anywhere in writing to do so?  Did he just happen to decide to do this?

You will find that in Genesis 28:20-22 Jacob gave ten percent, or a tithe.  Is it not strange that, this too is in the Old Testament?  Jacob did not have any written instructions from God as to how much to give.  This was also before the Law.  This is before the Bible says, “The tithe…is the Lord’s.”


The Reward of Giving:

Proverbs 11:25 tells us, “the liberal soul shall be made fat; and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.”

Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring ye all the tithes into the store house…and prove me…if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Proverbs 3:9, 10 promises, “Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firsts of all thine increase:  So shall they barns be filled with plenty…”

The Reason for Giving:

You should not give because of embarrassment.  You should not give because of pressure.  You should not give for a show.  You should give as a reminder that all belongs to God.

When you give your tithe to the Lord, it ought to be a reminder that it all belongs to the Lord.  The dollar belongs to the Lord.  The billfold that the dollar is in belongs to the Lord.  The pants the billfold is in belongs to the Lord.  The man in the pants also belongs to the Lord.

Our giving ought to be an expression of our love.  God gave because He loved, John 3:16, and God’s way of giving ought to be our way of giving.  You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.

You should give because you believe in the work.  If there is good work that is winning souls and you believe in it, then help support it.  I believe that when people really love a work where souls are being saved, they want to have a part in it, and it does not take a lot of pressure to get them to give.

Also, you should give because of your influence.  People are watching you, including your children.  I want my children to know that I give.  I want to teach them to give.  I want them to know that I believe in God’s work.

The Bible says, “God loveth a cheerful giver” (II Cor. 9:7). Someone interpreted this as, “That means a “hilarious giver.”  A cheerful giver says, “Praise the Lord, we are going to receive an offering!”

God wants you more than He wants your money.  If He gets you, he will get your money.  Give yourself to Christ.

If you have trusted Christ but have never learned the joy of giving at least a tithe to His work, resolve that now beginning with your very next paycheck.  Give God ten percent.

“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him…”  I Cor. 16:2

God is depending upon each of you to do your share to keep the Church moving.  Remember 10% of your earnings go to God through your local Church.

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