As a Church, we hold to the essentials of the orthodox Christian faith as revealed in the Scriptures and articulated by the Church in the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed. In non-essential but important doctrines, we maintain unity together in Jesus. Together we commit to boldly hold to the essentials, to humbly maintain unity with non-essentials, and to lovingly live according to our belief statement.
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.
[Genesis 1:1,26,27; Genesis 3:22; Psalms 90:2; I Peter 1:2; and II Corinthians 13:14]
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 a 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 again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
[Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14,15; and Titus 2: 13]
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. 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 the power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
[II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; I Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; and Ephesians 5:18]
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.
[II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalms 119:105,106; Psalms 12:6; and Proverbs 30:5]
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. 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.
[Genesis 1: 27; Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; and Isaiah 59:1,2]
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 in Jesus Christ as 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 on faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
[Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; and Romans 5:1]
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
[John 3:16; John 2:25; Romans 6:23; and Revelation 20:15]
GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit has given spiritual gifts to all believers for the purpose of building up the body of Christ and bringing glory to God. The gifts are to be exercised in love and emphasize the need for unity. We believe that all the gifts still exist today.
[I Corinthians 12:4,11,18,21-25; and Ephesians 4:11-16]
THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Lord’s Supper is received in remembrance of Christ’s death for our sins; the bread, His body; and the fruit of the vine, His blood. It is in remembrance of God’s love and grace toward us, and the love we must share with one another.
[Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; and I Corinthians 10:16]
Baptism is an outward act of obedience signifying salvation and cleansing of sin. At Northeast, we practice baptism by immersion.
[Mark 16:16; Romans 6:4; and Ephesians 4:5]