Authority of Scripture: We recognize the Bible as the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God, the source of spiritual and moral authority leading to wisdom, sufficient for equipping and training God's people (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
Worship: We will individually and corporately celebrate our love for God, our trust in His greatness and sovereignty, our unity and salvation in Jesus Christ, and our dependence upon the Holy Spirit (Psalm 66:4).
Prayer: We acknowledge the primacy and priority of prayer both individually and corporately, constantly seeking God's will and the leading of the Holy Spirit in everything (Philippians 4:6).
Community: We recognize that, while living in a fallen world, we are called to live in Christian community consistently abiding in the Great Commandment, loving God and reflecting His unconditional love to our neighbor (Acts 2:43-47).
Mission: We believe we are called to live on mission and engage in personal evangelism, local community service and global missions (Matthew 28:18-20).
Apologetics:We believe that Christianity is a rational faith; it is not anti-intellectual. To be effective missionaries (anywhere in the world), we must know what we believe, why we believe, and why it is rational to believe (Acts 17:16-34, 1 Peter 3:15, Jude 3).
What We Believe:
This extended look at the theology of NorthStar is our Doctrinal Statement (What We Believe); therefore, it is a description of our views on essential doctrinal issues.
The absolute necessity of sound doctrine in the church is a consistent theme of the New Testament (1 Timothy 1:3, 10; 4:16; 6:3, 2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16; 4:2, Titus 1:9-11; 2:1). It is essential to our spiritual health (Ephesians 4:14-15); it is the standard by which conduct is evaluated (Titus 2:1); it is the faith for which we contend (Jude 1:3); it is the truth which we uphold (1 Timothy 3:15-16).
God - We believe there is one God: infinite, eternal, almighty and perfect in holiness, truth and love. In the unity of the Godhead, there are three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-existent, co-equal and co-eternal. The Father is not the Son. The Son is not the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not the Father. Yet each is truly Deity. One God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—is the foundation of Christian faith and life. (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 45:5-6; 46:9-10; 61:1; Matt. 3:13-17; 28:17-20; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; 14:10,16; 17:3; Rom. 8:9-11; Heb. 1:8-10).
Father - We believe God the Father is infinite, the First Person of the Godhead who is self-existent, eternal, unchangeable, everywhere present, all-knowing, all-powerful, independent, good, wise, holy, just, and merciful. God the Father is the Creator who from nothing preexistent, but by the word of His power, first called forth time, energy, space, and matter to form the universe. (Ex. 3:14; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4-24; 5-26).
Son - We believe God the Son is one with the Father. He is the Second Person of the Godhead, fills the offices of Prophet, Priest, and King, and performs the works of God. While possessing all divine perfection, Jesus was miraculously conceived, born of the Virgin Mary, of the seed of David according to the flesh and the only begotten of the Father, the only incarnation of God. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross, made provision for the redemption of humanity from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to his disciples as the Person who was with them before the crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God. He will physically return in power and glory to consummate His redemptive mission. (Matt. 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Col. 1:15-20; Heb. 1:1-3).
HolySpirit - We believe the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, is one with the Father in His divine nature and having all the attributes of God. He is the Sustainer of the saints, indwelling, equipping, and illuminating those who, through repentance, believe and trust in Jesus Christ and have entered into a personal relationship with Him. The Holy Spirit indwells and fills the lives of all believers and endows them with spiritual gifts that are used in their personal service to God; however, there are no particular gifts that serve as visible evidence of salvation or sanctification of the believer. (Gen. 1:2; Ps.51:11; Isa. 61:1-3; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35; 4:1; 11-13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Rom. 8:9-11; 14-16, 26-27; I Cor. 3:16; Rev. 22:17).
TheBible - We believe the Bible, including the 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament, to be the written Word of God. As originally given, the Scriptures are divinely inspired, they are without error and trustworthy in all matters upon which they speak - scientific, historical, moral, and theological. Each book is to be interpreted according to its context and purpose and in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks through it in living power. All believers are exhorted to study the Scriptures and diligently apply them to their lives. They are the authoritative and normative rule and guide of all Christian life, practice and doctrine. They are totally sufficient and must not be added to, superseded or changed by later tradition, extra-biblical revelation or worldly wisdom. (2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16-17; Matt. 5:18; Luke 24:32; Ps. 19:7-8).
Humanity - We believe the human race was created by a special act of God, in His own image, and that humanity is the crowning work of His creation. Adam and Eve were created without sin and were endowed by God with freedom of choice. By free choice, Adam and Eve sinned against God and brought sin into the human race; whereby their posterity inherits a sinful nature and an environment inclined toward sin and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring lost humanity into His holy fellowship and enable humankind to fulfill the creative purpose of God. (Gen. 1—3; 6:5; Ps. 51:5; Jer. 17:9; Isa. 59:2; Rom. 3:10-12; 5:12-21; 6:23).
JesusChrist- We believe that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Divine Trinity, by His incarnation, life, sufferings, substitutionary death for sin, burial, and resurrection, effected for all redemption from sin and is the ground of salvation by faith through Jesus Christ’s death. Jesus died for our sins, was resurrected, and ascended to heaven, where He serves as the only mediator between God and mankind, making intercession for us. (John 1:29; 10:1-18; Rom. 5:8; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18).
Salvation - We believe individuals, cannot become the children of God by virtue of their own goodness or works. Personal salvation from the eternal penalty of sin is provided solely by the grace of God on the basis of the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Salvation is received by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. (John 3:16-18, 6:44, 14:6; Acts 4:12, 13:48; Rom. 3:21-26, 8:28-33, 9:1-29, 10:9-10; Eph. 2:1-10; 1 Tim. 2:5-6).
TheChurch – We believe that all who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are united with Him as members of His body, the one true church. The church should be relevant while remaining doctrinally pure. Scripture commands believers to gather for worship, prayer, fellowship, and the teaching of the Word; to observe Baptism and Communion as established by Jesus Christ; to offer service to the body through development and use of talents and gifts and outreach to the world. The local expression of the church is wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command. Cared for and led by Elders and leaders, church members are to work together in love and unity for the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. (Matt. 16:18-19; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20-28; I Cor. 7:17; 9:13-24; 9:19-23; Eph. 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Col. 1:18; I Tim. 4:14; I Peter 5:1-4).
Baptism – We believe that baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian beliefs. We also baptize by immersion because it is the original meaning of the word and best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points: our death and resurrection in Christ. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:1-11).
Communion - As with water baptism, we believe the Lord’s Supper is to be observed only by those who have become genuine followers of Christ. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of His blood on our behalf and is to be observed repeatedly throughout the Christian life as a sign of continued participation in the atoning benefits of Christ’s death. As we come to the table with an attitude of faith and self-examination, we remember and proclaim the death of Christ, receive spiritual nourishment for our souls and signify our unity with other members of Christ’s body. (Matt. 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:14-20; Acts 2:42, 46; 1 Cor. 11:23-28).
The Last Things - We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15)