We believe that there is one God and only one God. God exists eternally in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The three persons of the trinity each equally possess all the attributes of God. In the beginning God created out of nothing the world and all the things therein, thus manifesting His power, wisdom and goodness. By His sovereign power He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.
(Deut. 6:4; Mt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 8:6; Jn. 1:18; Acts 5:3,4; Gen. 1:1; Eph. 1:11)
The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, which is composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe the Scripture in its entirety originated with God, and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen people who wrote under the inspiration of God. Scripture thus at one and the same time speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, style and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Scriptures are without error in the original manuscripts. We believe the Bible to be the unique, full and final authority in any matter related to God, His work in the world, and how people are to know Him and live.
(2 Tim. 3:16)
The central message of the Bible is that God desires that people come into fellowship with Himself. Originally created to have that fellowship with God, humanity defied God, choosing to go their own independent way, and thus became guilty before God and corrupted in their nature. This has rendered people unable to please God. The fall of humanity occurred at the beginning of human history; and all individuals since have suffered the consequences of the fall and are in need of God’s saving grace. The salvation of people is, then, wholly a work of God’s free grace, not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness, and that salvation must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person He gives assurance in His Word that He will carry that saving work to completion.
(Gen. 3; Rom. 8:6-8; Eph. 2:1-3; Eph. 2:8, 9; Phil. 1:6)
Jesus Christ is the eternally begotten Son of God. He is the second person of the trinity who was united forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for people’s sins by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. The death of Jesus clears us from the guilt we bear. The perfect life of Jesus is offered to God in place of the imperfect life we would offer. Jesus rose from the dead in a glorified body. He then ascended into heaven where He sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and people, continually makes intercession for His own. He will come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history.
(Jn. 1:14; Mt. 5:17; 1 Pet. 2:34; 1 Jn. 2:2; Acts 1:12; 1 Tim 2:5; Acts 15:20)
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
As believers submit to the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, they make progress toward a life of holiness and obedience to God’s standards of behavior. The Holy Spirit was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply Christ’s work of salvation to people. He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them a recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerates them, giving them the desire to repent and believe. At the point of salvation He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for building up of the body. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Bible. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character and to bear fruit to the glory of God.
(2 Th. 2:13; 2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:7; 1 Cor. 2:14; Gal. 5:22)
At death, the destiny of each person is sealed. For all humanity, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world, and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Those who have not come to trust in Christ will be separated from God into eternal condemnation. God’s judgment will reveal His justice in consigning them to perpetuate in eternal retribution due to their own rejection of God. Those who have come to trust in Christ alone for salvation will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life.
(Mt. 25:31-46; Rev. 20:15; Mt. 16:27; Rev. 22:12)
When a person becomes a follower of Christ they become part of the body of Christ, the Church. There is one true church universal, which is comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Believers are instructed by Scripture to gather together for the purpose of worship, prayer, and teaching of the Bible and observance of the two ordinances established by Jesus Christ: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The church follows its biblical mandate when it teaches the truth of the Bible, properly observes the ordinances and administers church discipline to erring members.
(Eph. 5:27; Acts 2:42; Mt. 28:19; Lk. 22:19)
God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and these two, distinct, complimentary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, NCC will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman.*
*Subsequently, the pastors and staff of NCC shall only participate in
weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. The
facilities and property of NCC shall only host weddings between one man
and one woman.
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE
All human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.