NorthStar Community Church: Mission, Vision, Core Values & Beliefs
Our Mission: NorthStar Community Church exists to glorify God and to make disciples through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our Vision: To be a community for solid Biblical teaching. Core Values: God-Centered, Christ-Focused, and Gospel-Saturated.
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 Tim. 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. (Ps. 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. (Phil. 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. (Matt. 28:18-20)
Apologetics: We believe that Christianity is a rational faith; not anti-intellectual. To be effective missionaries (anywhere), we Christians 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; 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 Tim. 1:3, 10; 4:16; 6:3; 2 Tim. 1:13; 3:16; 4:2; Titus 1:9-11; 2:1). It is essential to our spiritual health (Eph. 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 Tim. 3:15-16).
TheBible - We believe all 66 books of 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. (Ps. 19:7-8; Matt. 5:18; Luke 24:32; 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16-17)
God - We believe there is one Triune God: infinite, eternal, almighty, 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; Ps. 11:4-6; Mal. 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)
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 who would believe in Him redemption from sin and is the ground of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. 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; 3:16-17; 10:1-18; Rom. 5:8; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18)
Radical Depravity of Man - We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. 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; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)
Salvation - We believe people cannot become the children of God by their own goodness or works. Personal salvation from the eternal penalty of sin is provided solely by the grace of God based on the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Salvation is received only by grace through faith in Christ. (John 1:12-13; 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)
Election - We believe that since man is powerless, spiritually dead, and can do nothing to contribute to his salvation, the sovereign election of God is a condition for faith. God is under no obligation to save anyone, but mercifully chooses some for salvation by empowering them with the gift of repentance and saving faith. (Gen. 2:17-18; Ez. 36:26-27; John 6:44, 65; 15:5; Rom. 7:18; 9:6-24; Eph. 1:3-14; 2:1; 8-9)
The Sovereignty of God - We believe that God is sovereign over all things in the universe, and nothing happens outside of His plans. We believe that God is sovereign over good and evil events, though all events happen through secondary agents, and He is neither the one doing evil or nor should He ever be blamed for evil. We believe that all believers in Christ should be confident during the worst of personal suffering or in the report of evil, that God governs all things for His own glory and for the good of His children. (Job 1:21; Amos 3:6; Pr. 21:1; Acts 4:27-28; Rom. 8:28-29; Eph. 1:11)
The Security and Assurance of Believers - We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh. We also believe that one who claims to be in Christ but willfully continues in sin does not know Christ at all. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30;Rom. 8:1, 38, 39; 13:13, 14; 1 Co. 1:4-8; Gal.5:13; Titus 2:11-15; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 2:4, 3:6)
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)
Eldership - We believe that the Bible teaches that local churches should be governed by a council of elders (Acts 14:23), and that no one man should have absolute authority. This means that Jesus is the Chief Shepherd of the Church. Elders share in authority, administration, and ministry, though we do embrace the model that one elder may be the primary teacher. Hence, there will be a pastor who will be designated as “Lead Pastor.” Elders are called to teach doctrine, administer the sacraments, and be active in matters of the local church, including church discipline. We do not believe it is within the rights of elders to command the consciences of the flock in areas of Christian liberty (financial giving, alcohol, secular entertainment, holidays, etc.). Elders are called to be of exemplary character, model servant leadership, and model godly homes. (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9)
Reformed Theology – We are principally Protestant. “Reformed” is a short way of saying that we embrace the basic theological tenets that were taught in what church history calls “The Reformation” of 1500-1800s. Though our allegiance is to Scripture and ultimately no man, we believe that the reformed theological system best describes what the Scriptures teach. We believe that God is sovereign over His creation, and nothing happens outside of His plans. We believe that man is dead in sin, depraved, and needs to depend fully upon the grace of God for salvation and sanctification. We believe that God is the hero of the Scriptures and of every believer’s salvation. We believe that we are justified by faith, Christ is the center, the cross is sufficient, grace is the answer, faith alone is the requirement, and God’s glory is the goal. We believe the fruit of reformed theology is victory over sin, praise, comfort, evangelistic fervor, and trust in a sovereign God.
Roles of Men and Women - We are complementarian. This means that we believe that women can minister in any expression of ministry (evangelism, worship, teaching, etc.) but governmental positions should be reserved for men in the home (Eph. 5:21-33) and the church (1 Tim. 1:1-7). Women are of equal worth in the eyes of God and are equal co-heirs of Christ with men, but we believe the Scriptures teach that God has designed distinct “complementary” roles for men and women in the church and in the home. This does not make women inferior any more than Christ the Son was inferior to God the Father though Jesus was called to submission. We avoid all forms of chauvinism and seek to encourage all men to be Christ-like in bearing their authority (Phil. 2:1-8, Eph. 5:1); pursuing servant leadership (Matt. 20:28; 23:11).
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 professed faith in Jesus Christ. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of His blood on our behalf and is to be observed frequently 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. (Matt. 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thess. 4:15; 2 Tim. 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Co. 4:5; 15; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Rev. 20:4-6,11-15)
Additional Items The Sanctity of Human Life: We believe that all human life is created by God in His image and is therefore sacred. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.
Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality: We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in the Bible. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the beliefs of NorthStar Community Church. Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, NorthStar Community Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Further, the pastor(s), staff, and elders of NorthStar Community Church shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. (Gen. 1: 26-28; 2:18-25; Matt. 15:18-20; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31; Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 1:27; 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11, 18; 7:2-5; Eph. 5:22, 25; 1 Peter 3:1-7, Heb. 13:4)