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Our Beliefs

 
  1.  We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as being verbally inspired by God and completely inerrant in the original writings and of supreme and final authority in faith and life. (Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 24:27,44; John 10:35, II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21)
     

  2. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 6:27; Acts 5:3-4; Hebrews 1:8; II Corinthians 13:14)

    We believe that God is Spirit; that He is self-existent and that He is unlimited. We believe that He is everywhere present, all-knowing, all-powerful, and unchangeable. We believe that he is holy, right and just, good; and that He is truth. (John 4:24; Exodus 3:14, I Kings 8:27; Psalm 139:7-12; Isaiah 46:10; Matthew 19:26; James 1:17; I Peter 1:16; I John 1:9; Mark 10:18; I Thessalonians 1:9)

     

  3. We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Matthew 1:16, 20-25; Luke 2:40, 52; 7:48; John 11:35; Philippians 2:5-8)
     

  4. We believe that the Holy Spirit is that person of the Trinity who convicts men of sin and indwells, fills, and empowers believers for witness and a growing spiritual life, sealing them unto the “Day of Redemption.” (John 14:16-17; 16:7-12; Romans 8:14-16; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 1:13-14)

    While we understand there are varying views of spiritual gifts, this church chooses not to practice or teach the use of “sign gifts” such as tongues, miracles, prophesies, etc. in its services and ministries. (I Corinthians 13:8-12; 14:1-25)

     

  5. We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, that he is the arch-enemy of God and man; that he seeks to discredit and dishonor God and to deceive those whom God would save. (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:13-15; II Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 6:11-12; II Thessalonians 2:9-10)
     

  6. We believe that man was created in the image of God, that having sinned incurred physical death and spiritual death which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature. (Genesis 1:26, 2:17, 6:5; Psalm 14:1-3; 51:5; Romans 3:10-19, 5:12-14, 8:6-7; Ephesians 2:1-3)  

    We believe in the sanctity of human life, which begins at the moment of conception and is of inestimable worth in all stages or conditions through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 1-2; Psalm 139)

    We further believe in the God-ordained institution of family and the sanctity of marriage through the union of one man and one woman, and that sexual intimacy is to occur exclusively within that union. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; Hebrews 13:4)

     

  7. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as the only representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. (John 1:29, 3:16; I Corinthians 15:1-8; II Corinthians 5:21)
     

  8. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven and His present life for us as High Priest and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 7:25; I John 2:1)
     

  9. We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. All such are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, baptized by Him into that spiritual body (church) of which Christ is the head, a relationship in which they are eternally secure. (John 1:12-13; 3:3-7; 14:16-17; I Corinthians 12:12-13; Colossians 1:18-24; John 3:16, 36; 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; II Timothy 1:12; Jude 1)
     

  10. We believe in that “blessed hope” - the personal, premillennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:51-57; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:4-6)
     

  11. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. (Luke 16:19-26; John 5:25-29; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15)
     

  12. 12. We believe that the church is a spiritual organism made up of all believers in Christ; that in its local manifestation it is an autonomous assembly of baptized believers and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. We believe that its ordinances are baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19-20; 26:26-30; Ephesians 3:1-12; I Corinthians 11:17-34; 12:12-31; Acts 6:3-6; 5:29; 13:2-4; 15:2, 22-31)

This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. All other issues not
specifically addressed in this document will be governed by Scripture (the Bible) as understood
and interpreted by the Elders of North Mountain Church.