Statement of Faith

Holy Scripture, the Word of God written, is to be believed and obeyed. We are assured of its infallible truth and divine authority as the Holy Spirit works in our hearts.

The one, true and living God, infinite in being and perfection, has revealed Himself in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He made male and female in His image, but fellowship with God was broken through disobedience.

Our nature now is sinful, and our transgressions deserve God's judgment. But God in His grace offers us new life and forgiveness. This is the gospel, that the Father has sent the Son to pay the penalty for the sins of His people and grant them the power of His resurrection.

God pardons our sin and accepts us into His family as we trust in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation and sincerely repent. That faith must show its reality in works of love, and real repentance requires a firm resolve to walk in the way of God's commandments. Grateful for His love, we now live for His glory.

The Ten Commandments reveal the moral law and will of God.

Our Lord is building His Church in the world. We exist to worship God, learn the Scriptures, encourage one another in the Christian life, and spread the gospel by word and deed.

God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world justly by Jesus Christ. We must all appear before Him, to give an account of our attitude and actions, as well as receive from Him retribution or reward. That inevitable encounter is not a stimulus to speculation, but an incentive to repentance and obedience.


SACRAMENTS

A sacrament is a holy symbol directly instituted by God to represent the sacrificial work of Christ in the life of a believer. Sacraments visibly represent the active grace of Christ and serve to confirm a believer’s relationship to God through Jesus Christ. The act of participating in a sacrament is intended to make a visible distinction between the members of God’s church and those who do not believe, and to solemnly bind us to serve God and Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and in accord with God’s Word.

The Sacrament of Baptism is a ceremonial cleansing that signifies the washing away and forgiveness of sin, along with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as a guarantor of God’s grace, mercy, and care. Baptism signifies the believer’s union with Christ through Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension, and witnesses to the believer’s public profession of faith in salvation through Christ alone. At the same time baptism marks a personal commitment on the part of the believer to surrender their life to Christ; to live in a way that serves and exalts the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and to be an active member of God’s church on earth.

As an interdenominational congregation, NCC practices both infant and believer’s baptism based on the beliefs and faith-tradition of the parents or individual seeking baptism.

The Sacrament of Communion was instituted by Christ at the Last Supper, and is a perpetual reminder of the sacrificial and redemptive nature of His death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. It is to be observed by the church as a sacramental meal to spiritually nourish believers, and as a means of spiritual growth, as well as to signify the realization of the debt believers owe Christ, and as a pledge of their commitment and fellowship with Christ and other believers as members of God’s church.

At NCC we share an open communion: the Sacrament is open to anyone who has earnestly repented of their sins and seeks forgiveness of them solely through the sacrificial death, resurrection, and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. Respecting different Christian traditions, both wine and grape juice are offered at our regular Communion service held on the first Sunday of each month.