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What We Believe

Statement of Faith for Northwest Community Church

The Scriptures

We believe that the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are divinely inspired of God and serve as the supreme authority of faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ. All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy since it is God’s revelation of Himself to man. (Psalm 119:160; 2 Timothy 3:16‐17; 2 Peter 1:20‐21; Hebrews 1:1‐2, 4:12)

God

We believe there is but one living and true God who is infinite, eternal and unchangeable. We further believe that God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit but without division of essence, nature, or being. (Deuteronomy 4:39; 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14)

The Father

The first person of the Trinity orders and directs all things according to His own purpose, pleasure and grace. The Father is sovereign in creation, providence and redemption. He has decreed all things that come to pass for His own glory. He graciously involves Himself in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Psalm 103:19; Matthew 6:9; John 5:19‐24; Ephesians 1:2‐6)

The Son

The second person of the Trinity is both the eternal Son of God and virgin‐born Son of man. Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, surrendered nothing of His deity during His earthly life. Having led a sinless life, He satisfied the Father’s justice concerning sin by His substitutionary death. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His physical ascension and His visible return to earth to establish His earthly kingdom. (John 1:14‐18; Acts 1:11; Romans 3:24‐26; 1 Corinthians 15:1‐8; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:17‐18; Revelation 5:13)

The Holy Spirit

The third person of the Trinity executes the will of God in the world. The Holy Spirit enables people to understand truth, convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and applies the salvation that Jesus Christ secured through His death on the cross. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers believers to live a lifestyle pleasing to God, gives them special gifts and equips them to accomplish distinct ministries by which they serve God through His church. (John 3:1‐8; 14:16-17; 16:7‐15; 1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 5:16‐25; Ephesians 1:13‐14; 5:18‐21)

Man

We believe that man was directly created in the image of God to enjoy His fellowship and to fulfill God’s will on earth. By his free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. As a result, all men are spiritually dead and subject to the certainty of physical death. Only the grace of God can bring man back into a right relationship with God and enable man to fulfill the purposes of God. (Genesis 1:26‐27, 2:7, 3:3‐7; Romans 1:18‐32, 3:10‐23; Ephesians 2:1‐3)

Salvation

We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as the only sufficient, substitutionary sacrifice. All who believe in Him are declared justified by the Father on the grounds of Jesus’ death and resurrection. All who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by grace through faith have been regenerated by and baptized in the Holy Spirit. They become, thereby, the children of God forever and members of the one true Church, the universal Body of Christ. This salvation will result in righteous living and good works as the believer submits his life to the control of the Holy Spirit who directs the life of the believer in harmony with the Word of God. (John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21‐26; 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1‐4; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8‐10; Titus 3:4‐7; Hebrews 10:10‐12; 1 John 5:11‐13)

The Church

We believe that all who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit belong to the one true universal Church and are directed by the Scriptures to associate themselves in local, visible churches. The local church is the only scriptural representation of Christ’s invisible Church and consists only of regenerated believers. The local church is autonomous in its government and recognizes its own members for the biblical offices of pastor/bishop/elder and deacon. Two ordinances have been committed to the local church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The purpose of the Church is to lead people to Christ, mature them in the faith, and equip them for personal ministry. (Matthew 16:13‐19; 28:18‐20; Acts 2:41‐47; 8:36-39; 1 Cor. 11:23‐29; Ephesians 2:19‐22; 4:11‐13; Colossians 2:12, Hebrews 10:23‐25; 1 Peter 5:1‐3)

Future

We believe that God, in His own time and way, will bring the world to its appropriate end when Jesus Christ returns in a personal and visible manner. (Matthew 24‐25; John 14:1‐3; Acts 1:9‐11; 1 Cor. 15:20‐28; 1 Thess. 4:15‐17; Revelation 20:1‐4)

 

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