Northside Baptist Church
Our basic beliefs are described below. However, we understand that not everyone will read and interpret the eternal, inexhaustible Word of God in the same way. In other words, if you disagree with some points of our doctrinal statement, feel free to ask questions. We welcome discussion about what we believe.
The Doctrine of God
We believe in the Trinity of God: that God is almighty, eternal, and self-existing in three distinct persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; II Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2
We believe that God the Father is in a special sense the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, and that He is the Father of all who place their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. (John 1:12) We do not believe in the universal fatherhood of God or the universal brotherhood of man, except in the very general sense that we are all descendants of Adam.
John 1:18; John 8:41-45; John 10:30;
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, was born of a virgin, and is fully God and fully man. We believe He walked this earth and experienced life as a man who was fully dependent on His Heavenly Father. In the face of human temptation He was ever without sin. He was and is the perfect and spotless Lamb of God.
Matthew 1:23,25; John 1:1-2, 29; John 8:58; Philippians 2:5-8; Titus 2:13-14
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, and that He possesses all the distinctive divine attributes and is sent by the Lord Jesus Christ to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; to baptize believers into the Body of Christ; to indwell the believer; to fill and anoint the believer for teaching, guidance, godly living, and victory over sin.
John 14:16, 17; John 16:7-11; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 5:16-25
We believe that the Holy Spirit distributes to each believer certain spiritual gifts according to God’s will and that certain sign gifts such as tongues, interpretation of tongues and healing were temporary and foundational for the establishment of the early Church and ceased with the Apostles.
I Corinthians 12:11, 13:8-10
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are God’s divine revelation to man. The original autographs came to mankind by verbal-plenary inspiration and are without error. We believe they are the inerrant, supreme, complete and final authority of faith and conduct.
Matthew 5:17-18; Romans 15:4; I Corinthians 10:11; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21
We believe that man was created in the image of God and is not in any sense the product of animal ancestry, nor did man develop from brute humanity. We believe the whole human race fell in the sin of the first Adam in the Garden of Eden as described in Genesis. God created all that is in the heavens and the earth in six literal days. Genesis 1:1 - 3:7
We believe that Jesus Christ died a substitutionary death on the cross, by grace providing salvation for all who believe, justifying them by the perfect sacrifice of His life and the blood He shed. All who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Spirit of God and so become children of God, possessing eternal life that is absolutely eternal.
John 1:12, 3:1-18; Romans 5:1; I Corinthians 15:1-4
We believe that good works are neither a condition for nor a proof of salvation; however, they can and should be manifested in the believer’s life as spiritual growth takes place after salvation. We believe that prior to the eternal state, all believers will give an account of their lives at the judgment Seat of Christ where Christ will judge all the works of the believer, both good and bad. The nature of this judgment will be about the motive and/or quality of each individual believer’s life and service.
Matthew 7:16-20; I Corinthians 3:10-15; II Corinthians 5:10; James 1:22-25; James 2:14-26
We believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of the church; that is, believers who have died during the church-age will be resurrected and will meet Jesus Christ in the clouds to be with Him forever. Those believers who are alive at this event will then follow and be transformed, meeting Christ in the air. (John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:51-52; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13) This event is imminent after which will follow seven years of tribulation on the earth. (Revelation 6:1-9,17) Following these seven years, Jesus Christ will return to earth at His second coming to establish a thousand year kingdom here on earth. Isaiah 11:6-9; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Revelation 20:1-3
We believe the church of this age has two ordinances to be regularly practiced as taught by Jesus Christ and the apostles: the Lord’s Supper and water baptism. Both ordinances are to be practiced by believers only. The Lord’s Supper is a means of remembering the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ for our eternal salvation. Baptism is a means of public testimony concerning salvation to be practiced in obedience to Jesus Christ. Immersion, as practiced by the early church, is the Biblical mode of baptism. The practice of these ordinances is not a condition for eternal salvation. Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41, 16:32-33; I Corinthians 11:23-26