beliefs

Our culture continues to change.  Truth has become relative, or hard to find, or non-existent.  What was good yesterday is ridiculed today.  What was evil yesterday is celebrated today.  If this is confusing to you, you're not alone.  That's why we put our faith in a book that's over 2000 years old and hasn't changed.  The Bible reveals the irrefutable truth... past, present and future.  We read it faithfully, study it vigorously, and apply it humbly and gratefully.  Listed below are some key beliefs that we share as a church family because they're clearly revealed in the Bible.  We know there's other "stuff" out there... traditions, rituals, cultural norms, church trends.  None of those influence our beliefs.  We look solely to the Bible, which we believe is the inspired Word of God.


Simply click on the Scripture reference to read the corresponding verse.

about god

God is the creator of everything that exists. He knows everything, sees everything, has power over everything, and has a plan for everything. We know he exists in three persons (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit), we see his amazing creation all around us and we feel his personal touch in our lives. But that doesn’t mean we'll ever fully grasp who God is or how he works. We’re just glad he loves us!

(Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Psalm 24:1-290:2; Matthew 28:19; Romans 1:20; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 1:8)

about jesus

Jesus is God, sometimes called the Son of God or the Son of Man because he is God in the flesh, fully God and fully man at the same time.  He was born of a virgin so that he was never introduced to the sinful nature of man.  He lived a sinless life and showed us what God is like.  Because of Jesus, we found out that God loves us unconditionally and eternally.  He became our bridge back to a right relationship with God when he paid the penalty for our sins and died on a cross.  He then demonstrated his power over sin and death by rising from the grave three days later.  When we acknowledge that Jesus is God and submit our lives to his leadership, we receive forgiveness for our sins and eternal life with God.

(John 1:1-4,14; 3:16, 14:10-11; Luke 1:30-35; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

about the holy spirit

God’s spirit, called the Holy Spirit, comes and lives inside us the moment we put our faith in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit helps us understand the truth, comforts and strengthens us in times of need, guides us in doing the right thing, gifts us in order to serve others, and continually reveals God to us.

(John 14:16-17, 26; 16:13-15; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Galatians 5:25)

about humanity

We are made in the image of God – to be like him in character.  It’s what separates us from everything else that God created.  His desire was for us to be in a loving relationship with him.  But love can’t exist without free will.  One must choose to love.  So God gave us free will, which means we’re also free to reject God and his ways – something the Bible calls “sin”.  From the beginning, all of humanity chose to sin and separate ourselves from God.  And the incredible gap that sin places between us and God can only be bridged by God, not by good works or something we do.  So God, because of his unbreakable love for us, provided the bridge through belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-8; Isaiah 53:6, 59:2; Romans 3:23)

about the bible

The Bible is God's perfect and complete word.  It’s the blueprint for our lives and the framework for how we relate to God and relate to each other.  We trust its unchanging truth and learn from every part of it.  We don't edit out the parts we don’t like, redefine what it says to appease our culture, or add religious rules to it.  We just study it, rejoice in its message, apply it to our lives and share it with others.

(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6, 119:105; Revelation 22:18-19)

about salvation

Salvation is a gift from God.  We don’t deserve it and can’t earn it.  It doesn’t come because we do more good than not.  It doesn’t come because we do more good than others.  It is given to us by God when we realize our sinfulness and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  This “belief” in Jesus is defined in the Bible as faith – a faith that submits our lives to his leadership, allows him to transform our heart and mind and produces “fruit” in our life - which are his characteristics revealed in us.

(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; James 2:14-26)

about baptism

We enthusiastically obey Christ’s command to baptize those who follow Him.  Baptism is an outward expression of an inward faith in Jesus.  As believers, we are immersed in water, which represents our old life going away, and then brought up out of the water, which represents the new life that God has given us.  Baptisms are a big celebration at NBC because they're a vivid demonstration of a great truth, that God can and does transform our life!

(Matthew 28:18-19; Acts 8:12; Acts 18:8; Ephesians 4:21-23)

ABOUT NATURE

We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, and all that is in them, and that God preserves and renews everything He has made.  We are called to be good stewards of what God has made, but that stewardship must never place nature above humanity, because God never places nature above humanity.  A rock or a tree or the ocean or animals give us a glimpse of the creativity and variety of God.  They are spectacular in their beauty.  And yet, they are never to be valued above God's crowning creative achievement --- man and woman.  

(Genesis 1, Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 8:3-8)

about giving

God has given us everything we've got, because everything belongs to God.  And He calls us to be good and faithful stewards of all that He has entrusted to us.  The Biblical model for good stewardship is tithes and offerings.  In response to God's generosity, we have the privilege of keeping 90% of the financial resources that He gives us and returning 10% back to God... for His purposes.  That's the baseline.  That's a tithe (which means a tenth), and it goes to the storehouse (your local church).  Above and beyond that, in proportion to how God has blessed us, we have the opportunity to give offerings... to bless others as we've been blessed.  It's an amazing truth that does against financially selfish nature of our culture --- that you'll never be able to out-give God.

(Malachi 3:10; Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:7)

about marriage and sexuality

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning, and that is the joining of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, ordained by God.  Intimacy and sexual activity were created by God to be enjoyed, exclusively, within the context of marriage.   The Bible is clear that any other forms of sexual behavior such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, or use of pornography is immoral and sinful and stains God's perfect design.  

(Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18-25; Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18:1-24Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20)

about identity

We find our identity in God.  We are loved, accepted and important just how God designed us.  The Bible says that we are created in the image of God... which is a powerful and amazing statement.  Nothing else that God created was made in His image.  Only humanity.  And God made us male and female, for His purposes and to meet our need for relationship.  Any attempt to change or alter one’s identity or gender is sin and rejects God's perfect design.

(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139:14; Isaiah 44:24)

about end times

Jesus will return... just as He said.  He will come in glory and honor, to judge the living and the dead.  He will gather his church and, ultimately, destroy evil forever.  We anxiously await God’s final victory, the end of this present age of struggle, and the creation and establishment of a new heaven and new earth. 

It's there that the people of God will live forever under the reign Christ --- in justice, righteousness and peace.

(Matthew 24:44; Luke 21:36; Romans 16:20; Revelation 11:15-19, 12:9, 20:4-6, 21:1-3