BELIEFS

The following beliefs and fundamental truths constitute the Statement of Faith of NCC:

We believe the Holy Scriptures, consisting of the Old Testament and the New Testament, are the inspired, inerrant/infallible (as in the original autographs) and authoritative written Word of God and constitute the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice for individual believers in the Church of Jesus Christ. (Jn. 5:39; II Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 4:12; I Pet 1:23)

We believe there is one sovereign God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Mt. 28:19; Jn. 15:26; II Cor. 13:14; I Jn. 5:7-8)

We believe God created man in His image and because of His great love for His creation, we believe in the sanctity of human life. (Gen. 1:26-27; Ps. 22:9-10,139:14; Is. 44:24; Jer. 1:5; Lk. 1:15, 31; Jn. 17:6-23; Gal. 1:15)

We believe in the universal sinfulness and guilt of mankind arising from the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden through the deception of the fallen angel, Satan, and that because of this original sin, mankind is in need of a Savior. (Gen. 1:27; Gen. 3; Rom. 5:12-19)

We believe that it is God’s will that no one should perish but that all men, women and children must be saved by grace through faith, not of works, but as the free gift of God and that salvation is based on the completed work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Anyone who confesses the Lord Jesus Christ and believes that God has raised Him from the dead is born of the Holy Spirit. (Ps. 103:3; Jn. 3:5-8, 16-17; Ro. 3:23-24, 6:23; 10:8-10; Eph. 2:8; 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 Jn. 1:9)

We believe in the eternal security of the believer. We believe we must repent and accept God’s forgiveness thereby entering into the Kingdom of God with the full assurance of salvation. (Jn. 3:5-8, 16; Jn. 5:24, 6:37-40, 10:27-28; Ro. 8:38-39, 11:29; 1 Jn. 1:9, 5:13).

We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, and His sinless life. We believe in His miracles, in His atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal future return to earth in power and glory. (Mt. 1:23-25; Lk. 1:33-35; Acts 1:1-3, 9-11; Ro. 5:12-19; Col. 2:9)

We believe the baptism with the Holy Spirit is given to believers who ask for it and that it is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. (Mt. 3:11; Lk. 11:11-13; Jn. 14:16-17; Acts 1:8, 2:4, 38-39; 8:12-17, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9, 19:1-7)

We believe that believers in Jesus Christ are called to be holy, even as God is holy, and that the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit empowers believers to live a holy, wholesome life evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit. (Lev. 19:2; Jn. 14:26, 16:13-15; 1 Cor. 15:10; Col. 2:6; Eph. 5:9; Gal. 5:22; Heb. 12:14; II Tim. 2:21; 1 Pt. 1:16)

We believe spiritual gifts and administrations of the Holy Spirit continue to be expressed in the church today, subject to the order prescribed by the New Testament. (I Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Ro. 12:6-8; Eph. 4:11-13)

We believe water baptism by public immersion is an obedient believer’s identification and association with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Mt. 3:13-15; 28:19; Acts 10:47-48)

We believe that mankind has a supernatural enemy, Satan, who seeks to deceive, tempt, steal, kill and destroy, but that through the shed blood and death of Jesus Christ on the cross, His burial and resurrection, and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, believers are empowered supernaturally by God to live a righteous life, to wage spiritual warfare and overcome the wiles and attacks of Satan, and to do greater works than Christ through faith. (Matt. 4:1-11; Mark 6:7-13; Jn. 14:12, 16:33; 1 Corin. 15:57; Eph. 6:11; James 4:7; 1 Pet. 5:8; 1 Jn. 2:13-14, 4:4; Rev. 2:10, 17:14; 20:10)

We believe sin is a reproach to any people and that unrepentant sin, including rebellion, fornication, homosexuality and other unnatural affection, substance abuse and additional unrighteous conduct identified in the Holy Scriptures, transgresses the commandments of Jesus Christ and compromises the local church, and requires appropriate action, including sanctions as necessary, to protect the fellowship of believers and the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Lev. 18:23, 20:7-22; Prov. 14:34; Mt. 18:15-17; Rom. 1:21-33; Rom. 8:3-4; 1 Cor. 5:1-13; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21; Gal. 6:1; 2 Thess. 3:14-15)

We believe in monogamous holy matrimony between a man and a woman as a divinely ordained institution of God and in the nuclear family, consisting of a father, a mother and any children, as the basic unit of Christian society through its ministry and testimony. (Gen. 1:26-28, 2:24; Deut. 6:7, 11:9; Lk. 20:34; 1 Corin. 7:2-4, 10, 11:3, 9; Eph. 5:23, 31, 6:1; Col. 3:20; Heb. 13:4; 1 Tim. 3:2; Tit. 1:6)

We believe that the Church universal and the local church, as an expression thereof, is the Bride of Christ and that all authority and government in the church is subject to Jesus Christ, as the Head of the Church. (Eph. 5:23-32; Col 1:24)

We believe in the office ministries of the Church wherein God gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, to equip believers, to prepare them for works of service, and to build up the body of Christ. (Eph. 4:11-13)

We believe that the local church should be governed by a pastor and elders in the unity of the Holy Spirit and in the bond of peace and subject to apostolic oversight, all in accordance with the New Testament order set forth in the book of Acts and the other New Testament epistles. (Acts of the Apostles; Epistles; Eph. 4:3-6)

We believe that authority and government in the local church is spiritual and moral and derived solely from the Holy Scriptures and the mandate of God. It is separate and distinct from the authority of the civil government, which has the power to promulgate laws and to inflict civil penalties. Properly established under God’s order, the civil government is established as an agent of His justice to restrain evil and to protect the good in society and is therefore to be honored and obeyed. The Holy Scriptures nevertheless reserve exclusively unto the local church, its government and the free exercise of religion, and also assign to the local church and the individual believer, certain mandates and/or matters of faith, spiritual practice, discipline and order found in the Holy Scriptures. When the laws or agencies of the civil government conflict with or contravene these reservations or assignments, we believe such laws or agencies may be disobeyed or challenged within limits imposed by the Holy Scriptures. (Mt. 18:15-17; Mt. 22:21; Acts 5:28-29; Ro. 12:1-4; 1Cor. 6:1-8; 1 Pt. 2:13-17)

We believe in the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ: to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that the Lord Jesus Christ commanded. (Mt. 28:19-20)

X