We certainly won’t agree on every issue, so at NCC, we take this stance on beliefs:
IN ESSENTIAL BELIEFS, WE HAVE UNITY; IN NON-ESSENTIAL BELIEFS, WE FOSTER DIVERSITY; AND IN ALL INSTANCES, WE SHOW LOVE.
JESUS CHRIST, Colossians 2:9
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is eternally equal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus became a man and lived a sinless human life. He 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’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
GOD, Mark 12:29-30
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. God cares about people and desires a relationship with everyone.
THE HOLY SPIRIT, John 16:7-13
The Holy Spirit is eternally equal with the Father and Jesus Christ. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
THE CHURCH, Ephesians 4:1-16
All those who have a relationship with Christ are united with his body, the Church. The church’s mission is to fellowship, worship, grow, reach out, and serve the world around us. The church meets to encourage and grow, and disperses to do the work God commanded. The church is full of different types of people with different gifts because God values diversity.
BAPTISM, Acts 8:36-38
Baptism is the visual expression of personal faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism is by immersion, following personal conversion, as this Biblical model best portrays Christ’s death and resurrection for the sins of the world, and the believers death to sin and new life in Christ.
THE BIBLE, 2 Timothy 3:16
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It is inspired by God and was written down by people of His choosing, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
HUMAN BEINGS, Romans 3:22
People are made in the spiritual image of God, and 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.
SALVATION, Ephesians 1:5, 2:8-9
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. 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, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IN ETERNITY, 2 Corinthians 5:17
The result of a saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life that is being transformed to be like Jesus. 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.
COMMUNION, 1Corinthians 11:23-26
Communion is the symbolic proclamation that Christ died and has risen, paying the ransom for our sins. Believers remember His death through the symbolic elements of the bread and the cup until He comes again. All who profess personal faith in Jesus Christ and are walking in fellowship with Him are welcome at the Lord’s table.