WHAT NPCC BELIEVES AND DOES
People live in the process of refining who we are, what we believe, and where we stand on issues, big and
small. At NorthPointe, we think there’s value in that search and discovery process. In our own process of
understanding and practicing the Christian Scriptures as a community, the following six points of belief and four steps of action reflect the essentials we’ve landed on. We seek unity around these and encourage liberty for nonessential beliefs (such as the role of the spiritual gifts, end times, and issues surrounding how God created the earth, etc.). While seeking a clear and firm understanding in every area of biblical teaching, we refuse to let differences in nonessentials break our fellowship with each other or keeping us from loving one another in truth (Ephesians 4:15). Early proponents of the biblical unity effort known as the Restoration Movement declared, "In essentials unity. In nonessentials, liberty. In all things, love."
We believe that God desires to use the local church to change the local community through the power of the
Gospel. We long for that transformation in our own lives and in the lives of others through our relationship with Jesus Christ. For that reason, we exist to be WITH God, WITH each other, and WITH our community. In God’s presence, room exists only living humbling by love, grace, and truth.
We believe in one God, creator of all things, all-knowing, all-powerful, and perfectly good. God mysteriously
exists forever in three persons— God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. God loves
every person and desires to be in a relationship with everyone. Jesus lived a perfect human life, freely died to pay the debt of our sin, and rose again to demonstrate His authority over sin and death. The Holy Spirit
indwells followers of Jesus at the point of salvation. The Holy Spirit enables believers to become more like
Jesus so that more people come to Jesus. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23;
John 1:1-5; 3:16; Acts 1:9-11; 2:38; Romans 1:3-4; 2 Corinthians 3:7; 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-8; 1 Corinthians
15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:15; 1 Peter 3:21).
IN GOD AS REVEALED IN THE SCRIPTURES
We believe the Bible is God’s Word to all people, written without error by human authors under the
supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. As a result, the Bible possesses authority for Christian beliefs and
personal living. The Bible tells one consistent story of God’s plan to redeem the world through Jesus. (2
Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
PEOPLE ARE GREAT, BUT WE HAVE A PROBLEM We believe the Lord created people in the image of God as the highest form of creation. Although people have tremendous potential for good, an attitude of rebellion in every one of us results in disobedience toward God called sin. Sin breaks our relationship with God. The only way for the relationship to be repaired is for sin to be removed, which we cannot do on our own. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; 6:23)
IN SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST
We believe salvation comes by grace, through faith. God desires to give salvation as a gift to all people. We
can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works. God saves from sin’s penalty when people trust in Jesus Christ and accept God’s offer of forgiveness. We believe there is hope for everyone!
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; Colossians 2:12)
ETERNAL LIFE IS A GIFT FROM GOD
We believe eternal life a gift from God available to all who believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord. Ultimately,
people will either exist eternally in hell separated from God by sin, or in heaven in union with God through
forgiveness and salvation. (John 3:16; 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)
We believe the church exists on earth as a community of people centered on Jesus, committed to each other,
and called to communicate the good news of new life in Jesus Christ to the world through generous love and
biblical teaching. Making disciples of Jesus stands as the primary work of the church. Jesus works through His community so that by living humbly WITH our community others will place their trust in Jesus. (1
Corinthians 12:27; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:10; Ephesians 4:11-14; Acts 2:38)
We commit to ...
Love God with all that we are as people and to love others like we love ourselves. God is love so we
believe that faith works best through love. We practice radical generosity and speaking the truth in love
(Mark 12:29-31; Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 4:14-16; 1 John 3:16-17; 4:11, 18-19)
Gather every Sunday to encounter God, encourage one another, and to be trained to carry out the
mission of making disciples of Jesus (Acts 2:42-47; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Hebrews 10:23-25)
Partake of the Lord’s Supper each week to celebrate Jesus’ gift of salvation and the hope Jesus gives.
God invites all who desire to remember Jesus’ salvific work and reflect on its significance in his/her life
to share in this celebration. (Matthew 26:26-30; Luke 22:14-20; Acts 2:42, 47; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:17-
Baptize people into Christ as a public expression of their commitment to Jesus as Savior and Lord. This
act symbolically identified each believer with the death and resurrection of Jesus. (Matthew 28:18-20;
Acts2:38; Romans 6:4; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:9-12; 1 Peter 3:21)