WE BELIEVE

The Authority of Scripture


We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God given as the authority by which we govern our lives and Christ’s church, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (1 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Pet 1:19-21, Matt 5:18, Heb 4:12).

The Triune God
We believe there is one Triune God which has eternally existed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – co-eternal in being and nature and co-equal in power – all three coexisting in perfect unity, harmony and community, having the same attributes and perfections (Gen 1:26; Deut 6:4; Matt 3:16-17, 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14).

The Person & Work of Christ
We believe Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God (John 1:1-2), came to earth remaining fully God and yet becoming fully man (John 1:14) so that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35). He was born of the Virgin Mary (Matt 1:18, 23), lived a sinless life (John 8:29; 15:10; 2 Cor 5:21), was crucified (Luke 23:33) and buried (Luke 23:53), and then resurrected from the dead (Luke 24:7-8; Mk 16:6) thus providing a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice for our sins (Is 53:5) as the only way to the Father (John 14:6). After His resurrection, He appeared to His disciples (Mk 16:9, 12, 14; John 20:19, 26; 21:1; Acts 1:3) before ascending into Heaven (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9-11) where He is now seated at the right hand of the Father (Matt 26:64; Eph 1:20; Col 3:1) ruling, reigning (Phil 2:9-11)  and interceding (Heb 7:25-26) on our behalf. He will return (Acts 1:11; 2 Thes 4:16), gather his elect (Matt 24:31), crush Satan (Rev 20:10), judge humanity (1 Pet 4:5; James 4:12), and establish an eternal kingdom (Rev 21:3-4).

The Person & Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third member of the trinity, is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; 2 Cor 3:6; 1 Cor 12:12-14; Rom 8:9; Eph 5:18).

The Nature of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God leaving man totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen 1:26-27, 3:6; Rom 3:22-23, 5:10,12; Eph 2:1-3, 12).

Salvation
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on the cross offering atonement for and making available the forgiveness of our sins and enabling us to repent of them (Eph 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 Cor 15:1-4).

Eternal Security & Assurance of Believers
We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God’s power, and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Rom 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Cor 1:4-8; 1 Pet 1:5). We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Rom 13:13, 14; Gal 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).

Ministry & Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their soveriegnly given spiritual gifts. We also believe that particular spiritual gifts are neither essential (proving the presence of the Holy Spirit), nor an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Cor 12:7, 11, 13; Eph 4:7-8). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14,15). We believe it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to their giftedness and the grace God has given to him (Rom 12:1-8; 1 Cor 13; Eph 4:11-14; 1 Pet 4:10-11).

The Church
We believe that the church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age (Eph 1:22,23; 5:25-27; 1 Cor 12:12-14; 2 Cor 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament scriptures (Acts 14:27, 18:22, 20:17; 1 Tim 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11). We believe in the autonomy of local churches, free of any external authority and control (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Rom 16:1,4; 1 Cor 3:9,16, 5:4-7, 13; 1 Pet 5:1-4). We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age (Matt 28:19,20; Acts 2:41,42, 18:8; 1 Cor 11:23-26).

God’s Desire for the Nations
We believe that since before the creation of mankind, God has been at work to bring about a redeemed people from every nation, tribe and tongue. As such, we are called to join Him in this mission of proclaiming the Gospel to the ends of the earth for the glory and praise of His name, as He works to call and redeem the elect (Gen 12:3; Hos 1:10; 2:23; Matt 24:14; Eph 1:4; Rom 10:13-15,17; Rev 7:9-10; 13:8; 14:6)

*New City Church is an affiliate church of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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