What We Believe

The following statements summarize what we believe as a church family. We believe the Bible and teach it to be perfectly true. Every belief and teaching of NBBC flows from the Word of God. For a more detailed account and description of our doctrine, feel free to request a doctrinal statement.

 

The Bible

God has chosen to speak to us through His perfect, complete, and authoritative book, the Bible. We believe this because 2 Peter 1:20-21 says Scripture didn’t come from some man’s ideas, but straight from the mouth of God. Also, in 2 Timothy 3:15-17 we see that all of Scripture is ‘Inspired’ and without error. ‘Inspiration’ simply means that it was spoken/written by God and is referenced and taught repeatedly throughout the Bible (Isaiah 8:11; Jeremiah 30:4; Matthew 5:18; Acts 1:16; 3:18, 21; 4:24-25). In addition, God has told us and also demonstrated that His Word, the Bible, would be preserved forever (1 Peter 1:25). This preservation is seen even in the translation we use in the English language. We have made it our commitment as a church to use the King James Version for our public Preaching and Teaching ministry.

 

God the Father

The existence of God is the single most important fact this world will ever need to acknowledge. We believe God is the eternal, ruling, creator of all things (Genesis 1:1). There are many possible proofs for His existence with perhaps the foremost being His working in our lives (1 John 4:12) and our personal relationship with Him (1 John 4:13). He has declared himself to be a single being (Isaiah 44:6; John 17:3) with three distinct persons (Matthew 28:19). Those three persons are The Father (Psalm 2:7; James 1:17), The Son (John 1:1-14; Titus 2:13), and The Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 1:2). The character of God can be summarized in two broad categories, He is Perfectly Good (James 1:13; Psalm 136:1) and Overwhelmingly Great (Exodus 15:11; Jeremiah 9:24).

 

God the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God without any changes or limitations. He claimed to be equal with God and was fully aware of his claims (Mark 2:5-11; John 8:58-59; John 20:31). In fact, the rest of Scripture teaches that he is fully God (Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:8). The Bible also teaches the incredibly encouraging truth that Jesus was fully God and also completely man (John 1:14; Hebrews 4:14-15). However, in the middle of his humanity with sin and temptation all around, He was sinless (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:21-22). This combination of God and Man is very clearly taught in Scripture (John 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16). Since Jesus came to earth as a man, he was born of a woman, but not just any woman. Jesus was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38) which shows His difference, His deity, and that He was and is sinless. We also believe Jesus Christ came as the complete payment for our sin-debt to God (Romans 3:24-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21). He is now in heaven interceding for us (Hebrews 7:25, 9:24) until we go to be with Him forever (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18). This offer of payment and relationship is regardless of age, race, gender, or social standing and it is freely given through Jesus Christ.

 

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, at different points in history, may have been the more neglected person of the Trinity. However, we see both his Deity (God) and his ‘Personality’ shown to us in the Bible. For example, the Spirit is shown doing the works of God (creation – Gen. 1:2) and is clearly referred to as God in 1 Corinthians 3:16. He is also shown to be personal (John 14:26; Ephesians 4:30) and to have His own distinct ministry: Convicting of sin (John 16:7-11) but also Interceding for us (Romans 8:26). The Holy Spirit, since the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:5, 11:15), fills a special role inside each believer beginning when they place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for Salvation. Some of His responsibilities in our lives are that He gives gifts (1 Cor. 12:11), power and hope (Romans 15:13), and teaches/guides Christians (Rom. 8:14; Acts 13:4).

 

Sin

The Bible teaches without exception that all of humanity is sinful. What this boils down to is man falling short of the standard that God has established. So we have chosen instead to remove God from the preeminent (highest) position in our lives and put something else in His place: self, family, a cause, pleasure, etc. (Exod. 20:3; Mark 12:30). We also believe when the Bible teaches that this sinfulness extends to every person regardless of race, nationality, or religion (Isaiah 53:6; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 5:12). We believe that sinfulness shows itself in different ways, including denials of sin, selfishness, Anger, or self-deceit (Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 7:3; James 4:1-4). Because of our sin, we are unable to fellowship with God. Instead, we are living in guilt, doomed to punishment and death, both physically and spiritually, because of our disobedience (Gen. 2:17; Gal. 6:7-8; Heb. 9:27). Moreover, Scripture tells us that we are unable to ‘fix’ or ‘reform’ ourselves. It is impossible for us to remove our sin and have a relationship with God through our own effort (Ephesians 2:8-9).

 

Salvation

This is the most beautiful and exciting point in any statement of belief! We believe that humanity cannot do anything to save themselves so that means we must have a Savior. And the Bible proclaims both this Perfect Savior (Jesus Christ) and His incredible gift of Salvation (Romans 5:6-9). We believe the Bible teaches that man cannot work his way to heaven and instead must place his faith and trust in the fact that Christ died in our place on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Christ, being the perfect sinless substitute was the only one worthy and able to pay our debt of sin (Romans 3:23-26; 1 John 2:2). This is an intentional, conscious decision and confession to put our faith in Christ’s debt-paying death on the cross (Romans 10:9-10). This decision should naturally result in us placing God back into that ‘first’ position in our lives (Colossians 1:12-18). We believe in the fact that man has a free will as prescribed by God in the Garden of Eden and described throughout the entire Bible (Matthew 23:37; 1 Corinthians 9:17; Philemon 14). In addition, we also believe that Scripture does clearly teach that it is God that works within a person to bring them to salvation (Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 9:11, 15-16; John 6:37, 44).

 

New Life (as a Christian)

At the moment of salvation the Bible tells us that we are made completely pure and in right standing with God (‘Justified’ – Romans 5:1, 8:1). However, we are not yet ‘Sanctified’, which is the process by which we are made to look more like our Savior Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:1-2; Colossians 3:1-2). As we saw earlier the Holy Spirit is the main actor in this ‘sanctifying’ work (2 Corinthians 3:18). We believe that the first tool used by the Holy Spirit to change a believer’s life is the Word of God. Knowledge of the Word of God comes from time spent prayerfully studying it, and it allows the Holy Spirit to use divine truth to change our lives (1 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:2-3; Romans 15:4). We also know that every single circumstance in life is put here for the purpose of drawing us closer to God. Any circumstance, whether we perceive it to be good or bad is intended to grow us (Romans. 8:28-30). Then the final tool used to grow the believer is the Body of the Church. Scripture repeatedly commands us to encourage, rebuke, and teach each other (Galatians 6:1; Luke 17:3; Matthew 18:15-18). Finally, we believe that this ‘new life’ with Christ is permanent. Once a person has placed their complete faith in Christ for salvation then their salvation is guaranteed (John 15:1-6; Romans 8:38-39).

 

The New Testament Church

We believe that the Bible teaches the centrality of the Local Church in the life of a Believer. The church is the ‘Body of Christ’ (Ephesians 1:22-23) and is intended to continue Christ’s ministry on this earth (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8, 2:47). The church ultimately includes anyone and everyone who is saved, but there is a special emphasis given in the Bible to identification with a local congregation (1 Thessalonians 1:1; Galatians 1:2; Hebrews 10:25). The church is commanded to be distinct and separate from the world (1 John 2:15-17) both for its witness and to counter false teaching (1 John 4:1-6). The church gathers to worship as a group, build each other up, and serve both believers and unbelievers (James 1:27; 1 John 3:17-18) with Christ’s Love. There are two ‘ordinances’ given in the Bible that a church is to perform. The first is Baptism, which is an outward sign that follows salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:36). And the second is the Lord’s Supper which was given as a symbolic way to remember what Christ did on the cross for us (1 Corinthians 11:20-32).

 

The End Times

This category is often discussed and examined, but the results do not always contribute to the witness of the church. Our church believes in the clear, literal meaning of Scripture. This means we seek to follow the natural methods of interpreting any type of writing (i.e. poetry, narration, historical, etc.). Because of this we believe that the Church and all believers will be taken to heaven before Christ comes to punish the unsaved (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; ‘Pre-Tribulational’). We also believe that Christ will one day establish a physical kingdom as is promised in Revelation 20:4-6 and he will reign for 1000 years (Pre-Millennial). Ultimately, God will form a new heaven and new earth. Our church also believes these truths should have an impact on our daily lives and witness as Revelation 14:7 summarizes so well.