Who We Are
The mission of the church is to build Christians who worship God, walk in love, and witness to the world. We do this best by following the biblical method of discipleship. The natural response of Spirit-filled lives impelled by Scripture is devotion to our worship, our walk, and our witness. This means that:
- IN OUR WORSHIP - We worship God passionately as the Holy Spirit combines head and heart in fresh expressions of devotion (Romans 12:1). We believe that God is most glorified when we are most pleased in Him. Therefore, we cultivate a sense of awe and enjoyment of God in our public worship services and our private lives.
- IN OUR WALK - We love one another in Christ-centered relationships that reflect a commitment to true Christian maturity and community (John 13:35). We believe that Christians are indissolubly linked by our common commitment to Jesus Christ. Therefore, we are drawn to the body of Christ as the means of encouragement, growth, and accountability.
- IN OUR WITNESS - We proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ for the joy of all people (Matthew 28:19-20). We believe that a healthy body bears much fruit. Therefore, we strive to know Him and make Him known at every opportunity open to us, individually and corporately, both here and around the world.
As a part of the Evangelical Free Church of America, NorthCreek embraces and supports their Statement of Faith. However, in addition to the ten Articles they espouse which fall mainly in the realm of Systematic Theology, we have also adopted five more in the realm of Practical Theology.
NorthCreek Church Statement of Faith
Article 3 of the Bylaws of NorthCreek Church, adopted by the congregation, May 16, 2021
Section 3.01 Systematic Theology
A. God – We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a
people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
(Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
B. The Bible – We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments,through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged.
Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
(2 Timothy 3:14-17; Hebrews 4:12)
C. The Human Condition – We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God's saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
(Romans 3:23, 6:23; 1 John 1:8-10)
D. Jesus Christ – We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
(Isaiah 53; John 3:16, 14:6; Romans 5:9-11)
E. The Work of Christ – We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
(John 1:12; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-9)
F. The Holy Spirit – We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service. (John 3:5-8; 1 Corinthians 2:10-12)
G. The Church – We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be
composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 2:19; 1 Peter 5:1-3)
H. Christian Living – We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God's Word, the Spirit's power, and fervent prayer in Christ's name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ's commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
(Ephesians 2:10; Romans 12:10; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Matthew 5:13-16)
Section 3.02 Practical Theology
In keeping with our commitment to the veracity of the Scriptures and their application to all areas of faith and practice as previously stated in this Article, we affirm the following:
A. Human Sexuality – We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
B. Marriage – We believe that marriage has been instituted and ordained by God, and that marriage has only one meaning: the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman for life (Gen. 2:18-25), uniquely reflecting Christ’s relationship with His Church (Eph. 5:21-33). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4) and that no intimate sexual activity is to be engaged in outside of marriage as defined in this Article. Any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, cohabitation, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, or use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).
C. Sanctity of Human Life – We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. 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 (Ps. 139).
D. Tolerance – We believe that love and respect are due, and to be offered, to all people, as we’re all created in the image of God. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with the Scripture (Matt. 22:35-40). However, when the Scriptures speak against other philosophies, belief systems, and behaviors, we will be true to the Scriptures and will speak the truth, but will do so in love.
E. Family – We believe that the roles of husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children are clearly stated in the Scriptures, including the principles of discipline, instruction, and correction (Eph. 5:22-6:4; Col. 3:18-21). When found to conflict with laws and/or social norms, we will follow the biblical principle.