God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will someday return to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He lives in a believer from the moment of salvation and gives them a spiritual gift(s). He provides the believer with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, conviction of their righteousness in Christ, and guidance in doing right. As believers, we are to live under His control every day.
The Bible is God’s Living Word to us. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it for you and me. It is the only source of truth for how to know God and follow Him through Jesus Christ. It is the follower of Christ’s only standard for truth, life and knowledge of God. God and not man inspired the Bible. Therefore, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. The solution to everyone’s problem is to trust his or her life to Jesus and His forgiveness.
Salvation is God’s free gift through the person and work of Jesus Christ. We can never make up for our sin by good works or self improvement. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith to follow Him, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into His life by faith.
We practice baptism by immersion under water with the belief that baptism is a symbol of our new life in Christ. These beliefs come from three examples in the Bible. First, the practice of baptism in the Bible was by immersion every time. Even Jesus was immersed. Second, the true meaning of the word means to submerge. In the original language of the New Testament the Greek word baptizo means to submerge completely. Third, baptism was Jesus’ command for all those who would follow Him. It did not bring salvation (ie. thief on the cross received salvation without baptism.) However, it is an important act of obedience that was a command of Jesus.
ETERNAL SECURITY IN CHRIST
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true follower of Christ is secure in that saving relationship for eternity. If you Biblically surrender your life to Christ and accept His gift of life in His forgiveness of sin – you cannot lose your “salvation”. Salvation is given, kept and completed by God’s grace and power.
There are two types of churches in the bible. The church universal is the church to which all followers of Christ belong. This is the bride of Christ that He will return to claim as His own. The second type of chruch mentioned in the bible is the local church. Christ is the recognized head of our church – not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control. In relating to “daughter churches” that we will sponsor, we will encourage each congregation to determine it’s own Vision and Mission, Direction and Design.
PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to “full time” Christian ministry, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and the Bible.
TITHING AND CARE OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
At North Church, we practice biblical tithing for the support of Christ’s Body (the church) as God commands. North Church will support itself and as many other church starts as it can through our tithe. We are financially accountable to a Board of Trustees and maintain open books for all to see. We recognize the world is tired of hearing the church or preachers ask for money. For this reason, we will never ask our guests to give. If they do, this money will go to furthering God’s kingdom. However, God expects the whole family of God to support the Family’s work. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of giving.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.