We believe that all men have failed to do all that God desires. God alone is perfect and sinless. A person cannot exist in this world without sin because it is a part of mankind from birth. No effort on man’s part can make him sinless before God, but by faith and repentance, man may accept the grace of God provided through the death of Christ on the cross.
Jesus Christ came to Earth as both 100% man and 100% God. He is the Go-Between (Mediator), Sacrifice, and Redeemer of man. Anytime a person truly believes, repents and accepts Jesus as Savior they are saved from judgment and become a follower of Christ. A follower of Christ is known by many names: saint, follower, believer, disciple. Being a follower of Christ has three characteristics: justification, sanctification and glorification. Justification means that the sin nature is no longer in control and the follower of Christ has a new spiritual nature. Sanctification is the process in which the person through their life experiences grows to become more like Jesus. Glorification is when the person enters the presence of God after death.
The Christian Life:
We believe that the life of a follower of Christ should be balanced between what is given to us through the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation and what is taught to us through faith and maturity. God provides everything His followers need. Biblical promises are complete and they last forever. The reason the Church and individual Christians aren’t perfect is that they are still learning to be more like Christ. The life of a follower of Christ is filled with tough times, tests, and battles against a spiritual enemy. To remain true to God in all circumstances of life requires total dependence on the Holy Spirit and a willingness to abandon a life lived for personal desires and passions.
a. The goal of the Church is to make followers of all people and to grow followers in Christ completely.
b. The Church is the body of Christ, of which Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the work of Christ. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by loving Him and making Him known to a lost world.
c. Church policy is balanced between congregation and Eldership authority, emphasizing the final authority of the Church leadership.
d. It is essential to the life of the Church that scriptural guidelines of discipline be practiced and that oversight for Church discipline, individual and corporate, be exercised by the leadership of the Church.
Baptism & the Lord’s Supper:
The Word of God instructs the Church to participate in two symbolic ceremonies until the return of Jesus Christ. The first, baptism, is an outward sign to others of what God has already done in a person’s life, and is a testimony to all that the person belongs to Jesus. Baptism is performed in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and allows the follower of Christ to identify with Jesus. The Lord’s Supper is a remembrance of the death of Jesus until He returns. Both baptism and the Lord’s Supper are only for those that are followers of Christ.
The Coming of Christ:
The eternal status of all people is determined by a person’s relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe in the resurrection of the followers of Christ, the personal second coming of Christ, the Millennium, and the final judgment.
These statements are not comprehensive, but are given in order to express the foundations of the faith at The Church at Northside. In all matters the Holy Scriptures are the final authority. We recognize each individual follower of Christ’s right to interpret the Holy Scriptures for himself. However, if questions arise that affect policies, ministries, and the direction of The Church at Northside they will be decided by the pastor and elders serving at that time.
What We Believe
The following summary of the beliefs is provided for those interested in knowing more about The Church at Northside.
The Bible tells that there is one true and living God. The Bible reveals that the one God exists through Three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
God the Father created everything. Nothing – not one thing came into existence without Him. He created man to reflect His own nature so He could have a relationship with him. Even though man has rebelled against God He continues to call man back to Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is eternally God. He was present with God the Father and the Holy Spirit when everything was created. He chose to leave Heaven and be born of the Virgin Mary (having been conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit) for the salvation of man.
The Holy Spirit is God who was active in the Old Testament, and was given to the Church fully at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit gives power to the followers of Christ for service, witness, and becoming more like Christ. He completes the change from the sin nature to the new nature and seals the follower of Christ until the day of redemption. The indwelling Holy Spirit is received when a person becomes a follower of Christ and is shown through the actions and gifts of the person.
We believe that the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is the only perfect inspired Word of God. We believe the Bible cannot be added to or subtracted from in any way. The Bible is the source of all principles, instruction, correction, and reprimand. It contains all that is needed for practical Christian living.
No one is excluded
Outreach that is relational and intentional
Responsive to the needs of the community
Teaching the precepts of God’s Word
Honoring God through dynamic worship
Submissive to the Holy Spirit’s leading
Innovative methods of ministry
Determined to be a disciple-making church
Empowered by prayer
Serve God by Serving People.