Jesus made an amazing declaration: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” For Northland, our aim is to see the Life movement Jesus launched continue into the 21st century.
The scope of what He came to do is way more than inventing some religion and introducing a thing called church that happens in buildings on Sunday mornings. It’s a goal aimed at the renewal of the cosmos and it starts with us as His image bearers.
The Gospel enables us to dance as human beings to the glory of God — to do that in community, to do that in our culture, and to see salt and light unleashed by the church, not just by yelling orthodoxy at a culture, but by also demonstrating vibrancy.
Put simply: We believe the church is more than a place you come to on Sundays ... it's people. People fully alive in Jesus — not just lung-breathing, heart-beating life, but abundant, thriving Life that can only come from Him.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10 (NIV)
We believe the Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, is verbally inspired of God, is inerrant in the original writings, and is the Christian’s final authority in faith and conduct.
2 Timothy 3:16
The Trinity - We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:26, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 6:8
Jesus Christ - We believe by miracle of the virgin birth that the Lord Jesus Christ, eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God in order to reveal God and to redeem man. He is the substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and arose bodily from the dead for our justification. He is now exalted at the right hand of God, Head of the Church and Lord of the individual believer, fulfilling His ministry as our Great High Priest and Advocate.
Matthew 1:18-23, John 1:1-3
Holy Spirit - We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of sin, regenerates and converts sinners, and baptizes them into the church, which is the body of Christ. We believe that He indwells, guides, instructs and empowers the believer for godly living and service, and that He seals and keeps him until the Lord comes. We believe that He bestows spiritual gifts upon each one. We believe that the believer has received one or more spiritual gifts so that he might exercise them for the strengthening and outreach of the body of Christ. The practice of any gift in any gathered body shall be in keeping with the Scripture.
John 14:16-17, Ephesians 4:30, 1 Corinthians 12:7
We believe that salvation from the guilt and condemnation of sin is possible only as the gift of God’s grace. It cannot be gained by good resolutions, sincere efforts, nor submission to the rules, regulations, or ordinances of any church, but is freely bestowed on all who put their faith in Christ and trust in the work that Christ accomplished on the cross of Calvary. All who so trust the Savior pass from death unto life, are forgiven of their sins, accepted by the Father, and born into His family by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God.
John 5:24, Ephesians 1:6-7, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5, 1 Peter 1:23
We believe that all the saved, those in whom God has accomplished His transforming work of grace, are kept by His power and are thus secure in Christ forever. It is their privilege to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation. However, this assurance must not be the occasion for sin, for God in His holiness cannot tolerate persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love He corrects them. True faith in Christ is expressed by a fruitful, God-pleasing life.
John 10:27-29, Romans 8:19-39, 1 John 5:13, Hebrews 12:6, Matthew 7:20, James 2:20
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that he sinned, incurring not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God and which is inherited by every member of Adam’s race. We believe that man is subject to the power of the devil and has within himself no possible means of recovery or salvation.
Genesis 1:26, 1 John 1:8-10, Romans 6:23
We believe that the true church is composed of all who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, that those who are members of the true church will be eligible for membership in the local church. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be observed by the church during the present age. Baptism and the Lords’ Supper are acts of obedience to the Lord. Participation in them, though, is not to be regarded in any sense as a means of salvation.
We believe that we are called with a holy calling to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit of God. The flesh (our natural desire), which in this life is never fully eradicated, must be kept by the Spirit (through our walk of faith), constantly in subjection to Christ, or it will surely manifest its presence in our lives, to the dishonor of our Lord.
Ephesians 2:10, Galatians 5:16
We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do, at death, immediately pass into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming for the church, when soul and glorified body, reunited, will be associated with Him forever in glory. We believe that unbelievers will be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord and the glory of His power.
John 3:15-16, Hebrews 9:28, Matthew 25:41-46
The Board of Governing Elders, normally composed of five to nine men, is responsible for overseeing Northland Church. The board provides biblical, pastoral, and financial oversight as well as shepherding leadership for the congregation. Elders are selected by co-optation, a pattern of raising up new leaders used in Scripture (Numbers 27:18-20, for example).
Additional information regarding the qualifications, duties, and role of an elder can be found in Acts 14:23, I Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, I Peter 5:1-5, and Romans 13:1,4-5.