There is one God existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14). He is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1). He knows everything (Psalm 33:13-15), is everywhere present (Jeremiah 23:23-24). He is just (Genesis 18:25), loving (1 John 4:8, 16), and full of grace (Ephesians 2:4-5). He can be known only through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
Jesus Christ is fully human and fully divine (Philippians 2:5-8), existing eternally, fully equal with the Father (John 1:1, 2). He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:34-35). Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He has proven Himself to be the Son of God by His deeds, fulfillment of prophecy, crucifixion, and bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
The Holy Spirit is a divine person existing eternally with the Father (John 15:25). He convicts of sin, righteousness, and the judgment to come (John 16:8-11). Every believer is equipped with a gift or gifts by the Holy Spirit for ministry (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:7-16).
Those who believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and our Savior (John 3:16); who repent of their sins and continually make Jesus the Lord of their lives (Acts 3:19); who confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10); who are baptized (by immersion [Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-7]); and have accepted the gracious gift of salvation (Romans 6:23) by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Those who follow this biblical plan can have assurance of this Salvation (1 John 5:13).
Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. This is Hell. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life. This is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence (Hebrews 9:27; Matthew 16:27; 25:31-46; John 3:18-21; 5:19-30; Revelation 19:16-19; 20:11-15).
Northshore Christian Church is a non-denominational fellowship of believers who have no creed but Christ, no book but the Bible, and wear no name but Christian. We believe that Christ is the Head of His Church, and therefore every Christian is a part of His body. We do not believe that we are the only Christians, but earnestly strive to be Christians only. We seek to speak where the Bible speaks, and remain silent where the Bible is silent. We take the Bible and the Bible alone as our only rule of faith and practice. The original Church that we read about in the Bible was a church where salvation made you a member, so Northshore Christian Church follows that pattern. Therefore, membership here requires that one accept the gracious gift of salvation by faith, which is belief in Jesus as the Son of God, repenting of sin, confessing Jesus as Lord, and being baptized by immersion.
The Christian life by its very nature is to be distinct from the world (Ephesians 4:22-24). Because of this, each believer is set apart (sanctified) by God for His purposes (Romans 6:22). The process of sanctification is carried out through prayer, the Word, witnessing, and fellowship (Acts 2:42; Colossians 3:16; Acts 1:8). Each believer has been given a spiritual gift or gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 4:7-8) to be used in serving others (1 Corinthians 12:7).
The Lord’s Supper is the remembrance that Christ’s body was sacrificed and His blood shed for the remission of our sins. This remembrance cannot take place without faith. It is a distinctive of our church that we take communion every week. We do not believe you must take communion every week. However, when you take it, you are to do so in a worthy manner (1 Corinthians 11:25-28).