The Yes Statement is, in essence, our form of church membership. It is an annual commitment we make to know and follow Jesus together as Northeast Church. The various aspects of this commitment are articulated within the Statement below.
I/we say “Yes” to King Jesus and to the following declarations and ways of living as part of Northeast Christian Church.
Together living the beautiful way of Jesus for the glory of God and the good of the next generation.
We believe the way of Jesus is the best, most beautiful way to be human. This way of living can be captured or summarized in four main actions: bow, sit, walk, run. These four actions also serve as the framework for how we as a Church will move in God’s direction together.
WE BOW/ Because God is worthy, we commit to worshiping Him with our whole lives. We commit to being faithfully present to grow, serve, disciple, give, welcome, learn, and worship.
WE SIT / Because God loves His people, we commit to sitting together at tables in authentic, joyful, growth-producing relationships with one another. We commit to being humbly engaged in relationships within the Church by hosting and serving our brothers and sisters.
WE WALK / Because God loves us, we commit to a process of being formed to increasingly know Him and live the way of His Kingdom. We commit to being zealously yielded to intentional patterns and practices that lead to the formation of us and others.
WE RUN / Because God loves the world, we commit to proclaiming and embodying the Good News of Jesus as we love our neighbors and see His Kingdom come. We commit to being lovingly immersed in God’s mission in our everyday lives in our city and among the nations of the earth.
OUR BELIEFS AND OUR SACRAMENTS
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 honor our belief statement.
We learn from the Scriptures and from church history that there are certain rites and rituals God has given us that are designed to be sources of grace, formation, meaning, and life. We honor the perspectives of the various streams of the Jesus movement around the world, and as a Church we observe two sacraments: baptism and the Lord’s supper.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.