1. The Holy
We believe the Holy Scriptures of
the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, the final authority
for faith and life, without error in the original writings, infallible and
God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Matthew 5:18).
2. The Godhead
We believe in one living and
true God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
each of Whom is fully and equally God, yet Who executes distinct but harmonious
offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19,20; 2
Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:5,6; Hebrews 1:8; John 1:1-3; Acts 5:3,4;
Genesis 1:1-2, 26; John 14:6; Ephesians 1:9-14; Titus 3:5).
3. The Person and
Work of Christ
a. We believe that the Lord Jesus
Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having
been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He
might reveal God and redeem sinful mankind.
(John 1:1,2,14,18; Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:30-35; Eph. 1:7).
b. We believe that the Lord Jesus
Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a
substitutionary sacrifice, and He has caused us to be born again to a living
hope through His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Isa. 53:5; Romans 3:24,25; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2:24).
c. We believe that the Lord Jesus
Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as
believers’ High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9,10;
Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1,2).
4. The Person and
Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who
is God, the third Person of the Trinity, who was sent by the Father and the Son
to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate,
baptize, sanctify, fill and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells
every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide
(John 14:16-17,26; 15:26,27; 16:8-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Galatians
5:22-26; Titus 3:5).
5. The Total
Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in
the image and likeness of God. We
believe that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became
alienated from God. We believe that man
is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost
condition (Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 1:28; 3:10-12; 3:22-23; 5:6; 5:12; Ephesians
6. Salvation by Grace
We believe that Salvation is the
gift of God given to man by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose
precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:12;
Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18,19; Hebrews 9:22).
7. The Eternal
Security and Assurance of Believers
We believe that once a person has become a believer in
Christ that his or her salvation is eternally secure and cannot be lost. We believe this based on the following
truth is stated clearly and specifically in scripture – “Truly, truly I say unto you, he who
hears My word and believes on Him who sent Me, has
eternal life and does not come into judgment but has passed out of death into life” (John
5:24). See also John 3:16; 10:27-29;
Romans 8:1; 31-39;
Hebrews 13:5b; 1 John 5:11-13.
Salvation is totally of God’s grace, not on any merit or personal works (Ephesians
2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:2-5).
c. The Holy
Spirit is given as our seal until the day of redemption (Ephesians
Salvation is totally a work of God, that began before the foundation of the world, and since
He did the work of salvation, He is also able to keep us (John 6:44; 10:27-29; Ephesians
1:4-6; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:3-5).
8. The Two Natures of
We believe that every saved person
possesses two natures with provision made for victory of the new nature over
the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. When Christians meet Jesus face to face, we
will have the final victory and the sin nature will no longer be present. (Romans 6:13; 7:15-25; 8:12; Galatians
5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9).
We believe that all the saved
should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and
Lord and that separation from all religious apostasy, all sinful pleasures,
practices, and associations is commanded of God (Romans 12:1,2; 14:13; 2
Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John vs. 9-11;
1 Corinthians 5:10-12; 2
We believe that it is the
obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word the truths of the Holy
Scripture and seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Matthew 28:19,20;
Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20).
11. The Ministry and
a. We believe that God is sovereign
in the bestowment of all His gifts. We believe that all believers have one or
more spiritual gifts. All believers are
called to use their gifts and all are necessary for the building up of the body
of Christ (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 4:7-12).
b. We believe that speaking in
tongues and the working of sign miracles, such as gifts of healing, were given
to the founders of the early church, yet gradually ceased as the New Testament
Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (1 Corinthians
13:8; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:1-4).
c. We believe that God does
miracles! We do not believe in one
person having a special gift of healing.
We believe that God does hear and answer a prayer of faith, in accord
with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; James 5:14-16; 1 John
12. The Church
a. We believe that the church
exists in this age in two senses. First,
it is the universal church, which is comprised of all born again believers, who
are the body and bride of Christ.
Second, it is also the local church, in which the focus of ministry is
the Great Commission of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12:14-15; 2 Corinthians
11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:15-16; 5:25-27)
b. We believe in two ordinances for
the church in this age. We practice
believer’s baptism by immersion and partaking of the Lord’s Supper in
remembrance of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Also, upon request, we practice the anointing
of the sick by the Elders of the church in accordance with James 5:14-16
(Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; James 5:14-16).
We believe in literal Bible
interpretation with consideration given to the context of a verse, its grammar,
the normal rules and conventions of written language, and the time in history
in which it was written. Though all
scripture is profitable, we make a distinction between the ages of Law, Grace
(also called the Church Age), and Kingdom (2 Tim. 3:16,17; Romans 6:14;
Colossians 2:14-17; Ephesians 1:10; 3:2-7; Isa. 2:2-4).
that angels are created beings (not to be worshipped) sent forth as
ministering spirits to carry out
God’s will and to worship Him (Nehemiah 9:6; Luke 2:9-14; Hebrews 1:6,7,13-14;
Revelation 5:11-14; 22:8,9).
15. The Personality
We believe that Satan, created as
an angel, sinned and led a great company of angels in rebellion against
God. These fallen angels are now called
demons. We believe that Satan is a
person, the author of sin, and the cause of the fall. He is the open and declared enemy of God and
man, and he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6,7; Isaiah
14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-15; Matthew 4:2-11; Revelation 20:10).
16. The Second Advent
of Christ (Things to Come!)
Our “blessed hope” is that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming at any time,
to take His people up to heaven, and reward them at the Judgment Seat of
Christ. After He comes, there will
follow a seven year period called the Tribulation. At the end of the Tribulation, Jesus will
come back to earth with His saints iHHHand
establish His kingdom where He will reign for a thousand years. After this, God’s people will live with Him
for all eternity (Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; Revelation
3:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Daniel 9:27; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6; Rev.
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 remain there in conscious bliss until the resurrection when Christ
comes for His own and they receive a glorified body, when soul and body
reunited shall live with Him forever in glory.
By contrast, the souls of the unbelieving remain after death
conscious of their condemnation, and in misery until the final judgment of the
great white throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and body reunited
shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished
with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory
of His power (Luke 16:19-26; 23:42,43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians
4:13-18; Philippians 1:23; 3:20,21; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation
We define marriage as the permanent, exclusive,
comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of one biological man and one
biological woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family,
and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father,
mother, and child. (Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:18-24, Matthew 19:4-9, Mark
10:5-9, Ephesians 5:31-33)
19. The Sanctity of
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.)
20. Final Authority
for Matters of Belief and Conduct
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our
beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God
which speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper
conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For
purposes of Northwest Bible Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and
discipline, our Board of Elders are NWBC’s final interpretive authority on the
Bible’s meaning and application.
As adopted September 17, 1978,
Revised January 24, 1988,
Revised August 13, 2000
Revised October 1, 2006
Revised October 7, 2007
Revised October 11, 2009
Revised October 10, 2010
Revised October 11, 2015