As followers of Jesus, there are certain core beliefs, which we hold to be so trustworthy that one could literally stake their current life and eternal destiny on their truthfulness. In fact, that’s what we’re actually doing at North Coast Family Fellowship! So to start with, you should know that these beliefs, that mean so much to us, come straight out of the Bible. And while there’s a lot more we could share with you about what the Bible fully says on each of these foundational concepts, we want to offer you this short version so you can know where we are coming from and also to invite you to enter into further study and dialog with us. After all, these topics really do deal with the most important issues of life. Read on and then, if you’re interested, we’d love to talk more …
Its called the Word of God because the Old & New Testaments are God's communication to all people. It is completely true. The key to experiencing the magnificence of God and life at its best is to learn and live by the principles found in the Bible.
No way is God dead or irrelevant. Rather, God is the loving Creator and the Sustainer of all things. Amazingly, He lives eternally and uniquely as the Trinity. Specifically, Father, Son & Holy Spirit ... three in one. All three Persons of the Trinity are equal in every manner. Is this difficult to understand? Absolutely. In fact we can't really fully comprehend this concept of how God exists even though we definitely believe it is true because the Bible teaches it. But think about, if we could understand everything about God with our limited abilities then that would mean he really isn't all that greater. On the contrary, God is an awesome God!
There is no one like Jesus. He has always existed as God in Heaven, but then He came to Earth conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin named Mary. Merry Christmas! As such, Jesus is, miraculously and uniquely, fully God and fully human.
God created all men and women to be in a perfect relationship of love with Himself and to enjoy forever the blessings that only He is capable of giving. He wants us to worship Him alone as Almighty God. We believe in the sanctity of all human life because the Bible says we are created in the image of God. Tragically, because of the sin and evil in our lives, we've separated ourselves from God and all that He offers us.
Jesus came to bridge the gap in relationship between God and us. He died on the cross as the perfect payment for all our sin and physically resurrected from the dead to prove He can and will give eternal life to all who follow Him. Happy Easter! When we prayerfully place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and surrender to Him as God and Savior, then we are (as the Bible puts it) born again. From that point on we begin a relationship journey through life with Jesus seeking to follow him in our beliefs and behaviors.
When we surrender to Jesus, the Holy Spirit immediately partners with us to insure that we are never separated from God again and that we have all spiritual resources we need to grow in our ability to follow Jesus.
When we choose to follow Jesus, He makes us part of the Church, which is made up of all Christians everywhere. He also tells us to enter into the community relationship of a church, which is a local gathering of believers found in millions of specific places around the world. Within these localized church gatherings of community, Jesus leads each of us to love God, to love one another. and to lovingly help the rest of the world to follow Him also. Two really special things that Jesus gave to His followers to do are called baptism and communion. Baptism is when we immerse new Believers in water as we invoke the Name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. This action symbolizes the death of our old sinful life and the reality of our new redeemed life in Christ. Communion (the bread and the cup) is our way of commemorating the incredible sacrifice of Jesus dying for us on the Cross and demonstrating our belief in His promise that we will one day be united with Him in Heaven forever.
Just like He physically came before, so Jesus will return to literally establish the Kingdom of God on Earth for a thousand years, culminating in a whole new creation called the New Heavens and the New Earth. Jesus has an amazing plan in place! And on a very personal level, that plan also includes every individual who has ever lived being physically resurrected and then entering an eternal destiny either with or without God. Those who have not turned to God by surrendering to Jesus in this life will be forever without God. This is Hell. In contrast, those who have turned to God by surrendering to Jesus in this life will be forever with God. This is Heaven.
God created us as men and women. He ordained that marriage be between a man and a woman and that marriage is the proper place for the expression of sexual oneness between human beings.
Is this all that we believe? No way. In fact, this isn't even close to all the Bible has to say about the few topics mentioned here. But again, these are some of the most important basic beliefs that draw us together. And you know, if you've read this far, we've probably caught your attention to some degree and we hope you'll give us the opportunity to share more about God's truth and His amazing love for you. Honestly, we've discovered the more we know and follow Jesus then the better life gets. Plus, we've personally learned that the quality of life in the Bible shows us is far better than anything we could have come up with on our own. We invite you to join us at NCFF to learn more about God and to see for yourself why He is worthy of everyone's complete and total allegiance.