WHAT WE BELIEVE
We Believe in Jesus
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and sacrificed Himself to be punished in substitution for sinners. By the blood of His cross and His resurrection from the dead, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting. He was raised bodily and ascended to the right hand of the Father. He will return to the earth personally and visibly to consummate His kingdom.
We Believe in The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates and forever indwells all Christians. Either subsequently or at the same moment, Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit to empower believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the church to fulfill its calling and mission. These gifts are subject to judging and are to confirm, and never supersede, what has been revealed in the Bible.
We Believe in Salvation
We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ritual, work, or any other activity is required in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
Salvation (Latin salvatio; Greek sōtēria; Hebrew yeshu’ah) is being saved or protected from harm or being saved or delivered from some dire situation. In religion, salvation is stated as the saving of the soul from sin and its consequences.
We Believe in Baptism, Communion, & The Church
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a means of salvation. Baptism in water is by immersion and a direct commandment of our Lord for believers only. Water baptism is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in death, burial and resurrection. Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Col 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21.
We believe that the church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of ministry, God has given apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral and teaching gifts to the church. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. God has called the church to preach the gospel to all nations, and especially to remember the poor and to minister to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2:17-18,42; Ephesians 3:14-21; 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5,9-10.
We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the verbal, inspired Word of God, authoritative, and without error in the original manuscripts. We further believe that the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are designed for practical instruction in faith and conduct. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21)
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – and that these three are one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, came into the world that He might manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy and become the Redeemer of a lost world. To this end, he was born of the Virgin Mary, received a human body and sinless nature without ceasing to be God. (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1; 14-18; Hebrews 4:15; Philippians 2:5-11)
We believe in His infinite love for the lost. He voluntarily accepted His Father’s will and became the divinely provided sacrificial Lamb and took away the sins of the world. (Romans 3:25-36; II Corinthians 5:15; Hebrews 10:5-14)
We believe He arose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died and that His resurrected body is the pattern of that body which ultimately will be given to all believers. (John 20:20; Philippians 3:20-21)
We believe that, on departing from the earth, He was accepted by His Father and that His acceptance is a final assurance to us that His redeeming work was perfectly accomplished. (Hebrews 1:3)
We believe that He became Head over all things in the church, which is His body, and in His ministry He does not cease to intercede and be an advocate for the saved. (Luke 1:35; I Corinthians 15:1-3; Ephesians 1:23; Philippians 2:6-8; I Timothy 2:5; I John 2:1-2)
We believe that the explicit message of our Lord Jesus Christ to those whom He has saved is to make Christ known to the whole world and that this is the purpose of the Church through individuals within it. (Matthew 28:18-19; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:11-21)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, dwells in every believer immediately after he places his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and that God provides, through the Holy Spirit, power to live the Christian life. (Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:16-25)
We believe that every believer receives grace from God in the form of spiritual gifts, which enable him to function as a member of the body of Christ. (Romans 12:6; I Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 4:7)
We believe that Satan, the devil, is the prince of demons and is the declared adversary of God and man. However, when the Lord Jesus died on the cross, He limited the power of the devil, and guaranteed the ultimate triumph of God. (Ephesians 2:2 ; I Peter 4:8 ; Revelation 20:10 ; Colossians 2:13-15)
We believe that no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again spiritually, and that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We believe also, that our redemption has been accomplished by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this redemption is by the grace of God, an unmerited gift, given in love by God and not the result of human works. (John 3:7-18; II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; Romans 4:4-5)
We believe that all who are united to the risen and ascended Son of God are members of the Church, which is the body of Christ. (I Corinthians 12:12-27; Acts 2:42-47)
We believe that local churches, such as Northeast Bible Church, gather together for practical instruction in the Scriptures, for fellowship with God and other believers, and for corporate witness to the unsaved world. Our common goal is to grow toward Christ likeness. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 4:13-16)
We believe that a future period of great tribulation on earth will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth as He in person, in the clouds with power and great glory to establish His millennial kingdom. But prior to this tribulation, we believe there will be the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air to receive to Himself into Heaven both His own who are alive and remain until His coming and also all who have died in Christ Jesus. (I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 3:10)
The Eternal State
We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body when Christ comes for His own, whereupon soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory. (II Corinthians 5:8; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:1-27)
We believe that all believers should seek to walk by Spirit, separating themselves from worldly practices and witnessing, by life and word, to the truth of the Scriptures. (Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:15-16; II Corinthians 5:9-17)
We believe that all believers will be judged at the judgment seat of Christ and rewarded based on their faithful obedience to Him in this life. (I Corinthians 3:10-17)