What We Believe

NPC doctrinal statement:

In short: We believe that we are called to love God with all our heart, soul and strength; and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

In length: We believe that we were created by an infinite, holy, glorious, mysterious, loving, being we call “God”—who, in spite of being so wholly ‘other’ than us, chose to reveal himself in the radical garb of human flesh through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We recognize the absolute sovereignty of the One God who has further made Himself known through the written Word of God and the continuing work of the person of the Holy Spirit.

We are a committed group of imperfect people who are attempting to live our lives in a community of people who are attempting to follow the Lamb wherever He goes.

We believe that God Himself dwells eternally as one God, yet, also as three separate persons. God is wholly unique. He alone is eternal, holy, and self-existent. What is true of God is true of each person of the trinity. God is the creator of all things and exists independent of His creation.

We believe that God, out of a desire to share his own love affair with himself, created men and woman to enjoy and take care of his creation, to live in loving relationships with God and with one another, and to bear His image to the creation.

We believe that we have each turned away from God and gone our own way. We rejected God’s purpose and authority for human life and chose to live for ourselves: the word for that is ‘sin.’ The consequence of our sin has resulted in brokenness, tragedy, and death in our world. Because of this all mankind has become separated from our creator – the source and sustainer of life. As a result, we are destined to die, both in body and spirit, and forfeit forever the relationship with God that He intended for us to enjoy.

We believe that God, loving us still, chose a people to reveal Himself (Abraham and his descendants, i.e. Jews) and through whom to reveal Himself to all the world. This plan culminated in God coming to us by being born in human flesh through his Son.

We believe that God the Son became the man Jesus Christ. We believe that God sent His only Son, Jesus into our world to be born in a humble stable in Bethlehem to show us that He loves us even though we have turned away from Him. We believe that Jesus was the true Adam and that the fulfillment of all God’s covenant promises.

We believe that Jesus willingly gave his life on a cross at Calvary to pay the penalty for our sin and rebellion, to heal our relationship with God and each other, and to restore creation.

We believe that through His resurrection death has been defeated and the new creation has begun. By means of His death and resurrection and our faith in Christ we may receive the forgiveness of our sins and become members of His kingdom.

Our becoming members of His kingdom is through the acknowledgment of our own sin (repentance), through our trust in the work that Jesus accomplished for us (faith), and by choosing to live under his leadership in our lives (commitment).

We believe that God is continuing to build His kingdom through the work of His people as they are empowered by God the Holy Spirit. Being a Christian is a lifetime process of allowing God to restore us—mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, relationally, socially—into the image of God in which we were created.

We believe that the church is a group of imperfect folks, called to follow Jesus on an adventure of faith. We believe that we are called to represent the power and presence of God on earth to others in all the ways that Jesus did: loving, serving, sacrificing, healing, teaching, and suffering. In all, we do so to make God known to the world. But we do so as a group of imperfect people, we struggle, stumble, and navigate our way imperfectly. And, we do this together: As a community, as a family, as a people.

We believe that God the Holy Spirit is the primary person of the godhead active in the life of God’s people today. He is the presence of God among us. He is the seal of our salvation.

We believe that we are all called to strive toward the likeness of Christ. We do so awaiting His return: when He will abolish death and restores all things. Until such time, Christ reigns as King of Kings and we are the agents of His kingdom to bring love, peace, and justice in the name of Jesus to the world.

We affirm the primacy of the Scriptures (known as the Old and New Testaments) in the life of God’s people. It is the supreme authority for the people of God.

Rev. Mar 2015