WHAT WE BELIEVE

GOD:

God:God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God

Scripture References: Gen. 1:1, 26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Pet. 1:2


God the Father:

God the Father holds all the attributes of God while exercising a unique role in the triune God. The Godhead is in agreement with the role of each: God as Father, Son as Sacrifice, and Spirit as power. He is the father of Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and yet still one with both as God. The Father adopts believers into relationship with Him as their Father. With Christ, believers have the privilege of being heirs to God’s glory. He actively prunes/disciplines believers to strengthen them for His glory.

Scripture References: Luke 1:35; Matt. 3:17; Rom. 8:15-17; John 15:1-2; Heb. 12:7-11


Jesus:

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the 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 someday to claim His own and take them to heaven.

Scripture References: Isaiah 9:6; Matt. 1:22-23; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 1:3-4; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; 1 Tim. 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Heb. 4:14-15


Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. 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. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

Scripture References: John 14:16-17; 16:7-13, 17; Acts 1:8; Rom. 5:5; 1 Cor. 2:12; 3:16; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 1:13; 5:18


Bible:

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, 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. The Bible is infallible, inerrant, and absolute truth. Where it speaks we listen and obey.

Scripture References: Psalms 12:6; 119:105, 160; Pro. 30:5; 2 Tim. 1:13; 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21


Man:

Man is made in the image of God to be like Him in character. 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 in life.

Scripture References: Gen. 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2; Rom.3:23


Salvation:

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 Jesus Christ and 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 as Lord of his life. This is evidenced by repentance, confession, baptism by immersion, and a life committed to His service.

Scripture References: John 1:12; 14:6; Rom. 5:1; 6:23; Gal. 3:26; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5


The Church:

The church is the body and bride of Christ, also referred to as the household of faith. It is the living temple where God dwells in His people. We believe that everyone who has been saved by Christ is a member of the church. We believe that the church exists throughout the world, and is witnessed and experienced in local autonomous gatherings of believers.

Scripture References: Eph. 4:16; Rom. 12:4-5; Eph 5:24-32; Gal. 6:10; 1 Pet. 2:4-5; 1 Cor. 3:16; Acts 14:23; Matt. 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:20-23; Col. 3:14-15


The Priesthood of the Believer:

The Bible teaches that every Christian is called into full-time Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We strive to practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through Bible reading/study, prayer, and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian is to be in a disciple developing relational environment in which they share their faith with those around them by word and action. 

Scripture References: Rev. 1:6a; 1 Pet. 2:9


End Times:

There are several different views on the subject of end times. Pre-millennialism, a-millennialism, post-millennialism, pre-tribulation, mid tribulation, post-tribulation, are all terms used by believers to describe their personal views of how God will bring history to a conclusion.

At NHCC, we believe this is a non-salvation issue, and therefore one which will not be allowed to cause division within the family. We believe there will be a literal return of Christ for His bride, the church, which will be followed by a day of judgment. We also believe in there will be a literal rapture of the church. How and when this will happen has been a source of great debate, and many volumes have been written on the subject. We believe the details are known only to God, and will not allow it to be an issue of division.

Scripture References: Matt. 12:36; John 5:22; 16:8; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; 2 Pet. 3:7; Jude 6


Eternity:

People will either exist eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation, or eternally separated from God by sin. To be eternally separated from God is eternal death in hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.

Scripture References: John 3:16; 14:17; Rom. 6:23; 8:17-18; 1 Cor. 2:7-9; Rev. 20:15


Stewardship:

At NHCC we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s body, the church, as commanded in the Bible. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the biblical standard of giving to the local church. A tithe of everything a person produces belongs to the Lord.

Scripture References: Lev. 27:30; Malachi 3:7-12; Matt. 23:23; Mark 12:43-44