Beliefs & Values
Here at North Church we need to know what we believe and why we believe it. This protects us from being led astray. Like the believers in Berea we need to search the Scriptures to see if these things are so. Yet as important as right doctrine is, we must also have a right attitude.
Like other churches in the Baptist Union of Victoria we believe:
- The Bible is God’s word to us. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is infallible, inherently revealing the will of God and it is the ultimate authority by which we live (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
- God is one God in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19).
- The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God who, as a real man, lived on earth (John 4:25–26, 42; Hebrews 1:3).
- Every person has rebelled against God (we call this “sin”) and so is separated from God (Romans 3:23, 5:12). Corinthians 15:3–4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8–9).
- All people may be reunited with God, having their sin and its effects cancelled because of Jesus’ perfect life, death and rising from the dead as our substitute. Jesus is now with God and prays for us constantly (1 Corinthians 15:3–4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Eph 2:8–9).
- To be reunited with God it is necessary for us to turn away from our sins, to accept what Jesus has done on our behalf, and believe in him (Acts 2:28).
- When we do this, the Holy Spirit enters our lives to renew and preserve us, to help us to grow to become more like Jesus and we become part of the body (John 16:8-14; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 1 Peter 1:2; Ephesians 4:30, Acts 2:42, Hebrews 10:24,25).
- One day everyone will rise from the dead to be judged by Jesus Christ (John 5:28; Acts 17:31).
- There are two special ceremonies Jesus commanded us to follow:
- Baptism by which believers express their faith in Jesus. They do this by being totally immersed in water as an act of identification with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (Matthew 28:18–20; Acts 8:35–38; Romans 6:3–4).
- The Lord’s Supper (also known as “Communion”) to remind us of Jesus dying for us and that he is coming again (1 Corinthians 11:23–32). We celebrate this in our small groups and in our public service on the second Sunday of every month.
Values describe what is important to us. Our core values will characterize how people are treated, how the church relates to its community, and how it conducts its mission.
We love God (Matthew 22:36-38)
- We commune with God as Father (Romans 8:15-17)
- We are obedient to God in response to His love (John 15:9-11)
- We worship God with our whole lives (Romans 12:1-2)
- We pray (Matthew 6:7-15)
We love people and serve the world (Matthew 22:39; 28:18-20)
- We are Holy Spirit led and empowered (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:16-26)
- We care and accept people without compromising biblical truths (Luke 6:37-49)
- We seek justice (Micah 6:8)
- We embrace the heart of God for lost people through mission (Luke 4:18-19; 19:10)
- We seek to always have an answer for the hope we have (1 Peter 3:15)
- We practice generosity and Godly stewardship (2 Corinthians 9:6; Job 41:11)
- We press on towards love and maturity in Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:28-29)
- We seek to be equipped, competent and committed for the cause of Christ (Luke 14:27)