What We Believe
(1) The Bible, in its original documents, is the inspired Word of God, the written record of His supernatural revelation of Himself to man, absolute in its authority, complete in its revelation, final in its content and without any errors in its statements. 2 Tim 2:15, Exo 24:12, Exo 32:16, Exo 34:27, Prov 30:5-6, Jer 30:1-2, Mat 5:18, Luke 1:68-70, Luke 24:25-27, John 10:35, Acts 1:16, 1 Th 2:13, 2 Tim 3:16-17, Heb 1:1-2, Heb 4:12, 1 Pet 1:10-12, 2 Pet 1:17-21, 2 Pet 1:17-21, Rev 1:1-2, Rev 1:17-19, Rev 22:6, Rev 22:18-21.
(2) There is one God, eternally existent, Creator of Heaven and Earth. He is manifested in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 2 Cor 13:14, 1 Tim 3:16, Gen 1:26, Heb 9:14, 1 Pet 1:2, 1 Pet 3:18, 1 John 5:6-8, Mat 3:16-17, Mat 28:19, Luke 2:11, Isa 43:11, John 8:24, John 8:58, John 14:9, Gen 1:1-2, John 1:1-3, John 20:28, Isa 7:14, Isa 9:6, Titus 3:4-6, John 14:16-17, John 4:24, John 16:7, Acts 5:3-4.
(3) The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God who took on flesh and dwelt on earth. He was sinlessly perfect and gave Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice by shedding His blood and dying on the tree. He then came back from the dead. This was to pay for all sins, (past, present and future) of all mankind, but only effective for all who believe. John 1:1-4, John 1:10-14, 1 John 3:5, 2 Cor 5:21, Heb 7:26-28, Heb 9:22-28, 1 Pet 2:24, Heb 10:10-14, 1 Tim 2:3-4, 1 Tim 4:10, John 3:16-18, Acts 13:38-41.
(4) God is absolutely sovereign and in His sovereignty gave man a free will to accept or reject the salvation that He has provided. It is God’s will that all would be saved and that none would perish. God permits man’s destiny to depend upon man’s choice. Mat 23:37, Rom 2:11, John 3:16-18, 1 John 2:2, 1 Tim 4:10, Heb 2:9, John 12:32, John 5:40, Acts 7:51, John 6:37, John 6:39, 1 Tim 2:4, 1 Pet 1:2, 2 Pet 3:9, Rom 10:14-17.
(5) Each member of the human race is fallen, sinful, and lost; and regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for salvation of man. The moment a person receives Christ as Saviour, immediately, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer who is sealed until the day of redemption. John 3:3-8, Titus 3:5, 2 Cor 5:17, Eph 1:13, 1 Cor 12:13, Rom 8:9, Gal 3:1-3.
(6) Man is saved by undeserved mercy (grace) through faith and nothing of man enters into his salvation. It is a free gift. Man’s efforts, regardless of how good or well intended, before or after salvation, have nothing to do with it. Salvation is by the finished work of Christ and nothing can be added to it. John 19:30, Rom 11:6, Gal 2:16, Eph 2:8-9, Col 2:13, Titus 3:5.
(7) The Church began with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and is composed of all true believers. By the Holy Spirit we are all baptized into one body of Christ. Water baptism is not essential for salvation but is a testimony to the world. Water baptism is to be done by immersion to show the death, burial, and resurrection. Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-13, 1 Cor 12:13, Eph 1:13-14, Acts 2:40-43, Acts 10:47, Mark 7:4, Mat 28:18-20, Acts 8:35-39, Mark 16:16, Eph 4:5.
(8) Every child of God possesses eternal life, being justified by faith, sanctified by God, sealed with the Holy Spirit, is safe and secure for all eternity, and he cannot lose his salvation. However, a Christian can, through sin, lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony, and reward and incur the Father’s chastisement. Relationship is eternal, being established by the new birth. Fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience. John 6:36-39, John 10:28, John 5:24, Psa 37:28, 1 Pet 1:4-5, 1 Corinthians 3:11-17, 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, 1 Corinthians 11:30-32, Hebrews 12:5-11, Psalm 16:11.
(9) A true child of God has two births; one of the flesh, the other of the Spirit, giving man a flesh nature and a Spirit nature. The flesh nature is neither good nor righteous. The Spiritual man does not commit any sin. This results in a warfare between the Spirit and the flesh, which continues until physical death, or the return of the Lord. The flesh nature of man does not change in any way with the new birth, but can be controlled and kept subdued by the new man. John 3:3-7, Rom 8:8, Isa 64:6, Eph 2:3, 1 Pet 1:23, 1 John 1:8, 1 John 3:9, Rom 7:15-25, Col 2:6-7, Gal 5:16-23.
(10) There will be a resurrection of the saved and of the lost: of the saved unto eternal life and of the lost unto eternal conscious punishment. These two resurrections are separated by at least 1,000 years. 1 Cor 15:23, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, Dan 12:1-2,13, Mat 25:41-46, Rev 20:1-15, Mat 23:14.
(11) We believe in the personal, pre-tribulational and premillenial return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Titus 2:13, Revelation 3:10, Revelation 4:4.
(12) Satan is a real person, the author of sin and he and his angels shall be eternally punished. Ezek 28:15, Ezek 28:17, Isa 14:12-15, Eph 2:8-9, 2 Cor 4:3-4, 1 Pet 5:8, Eph 6:10-13, John 8:44, Gen 3:1-4, Mat 25:41, Rev 20:7-10.
(13) God can heal but physical healing is not in the atonement. God heals miraculously today when it is His perfect will to do so. Healing cannot be claimed through the guarantee of the atonement. At times it is God’s will for sickness not to be removed. II Corinthians 12:8-10, James 5:4-16.
(14) The gift of tongues (languages) was a manifestation of the Spirit’s power solely for the demonstration of God’s wisdom, purpose and power in the establishment of the early church and always was in a language that was in use. We believe that tongues fulfilled its purpose in the first century and ceased to be used before the completion of the New Testament. We further believe that the modern tongues movement is not of God. Acts 2:16-18, I Corinthians 14:22.
(15) The true child of God is not under the law but under grace – saved by grace and disciplined by grace. John 3:16, 2 Cor 5:21, Rom 6:23, Eph 2:4-10, Rom 6:14, Gal 5:13-14, Titus 2:11-15, Psa 119:128-130, Eph 5:1, 1 John 3:1-3.
(16) Repent (metanoeo) means a change of mind. Repentance in salvation means a change of mind from any idea of religion that man may have and to accept God’s way of salvation. Repentance does not in any sense include a demand for a change of conduct before or after salvation. Matthew 21:32, Acts 20:21, 2 Corinthians 7:8-10, Eph 2:8-9, Rom 4:5, Rom 5:8, John 3:16-18, Gal 3:10-12, Acts 16:25-31, Rom 11:29.
One of the counterfeits Satan is using today is the misuse of the word “repent”. To insist upon repentance that in any sense includes a demand for a change of conduct either toward God or man is to add an element of works or human merit to faith. Penance is payment for sin. Penitence is sorrow for sin. Works add something of self in turning from sin. But repent (metanoeo) means a change of mind. Nowhere does Scripture use the phrase “repent of sin” to be saved.
(17) It is every Christian’s privilege and duty to make clear God’s plan of salvation wherever and in whatever vocation he or she may be. Mark 16:15, I Thessalonians 2:4.
(18) The general plan of salvation in God’s Word in a brief outline that is believed and practiced by the Northland Bible Baptist Church is as follows:
(a) Establish the fact that all men are sinners. Isaiah 64:6, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, James 2:10.
(b) Establish the fact that the penalty of sin is death. Ezekiel 18:20, Romans 6:23.
(c) Establish the fact that you must be perfect to enter heaven. Habakkuk 1:13, Revelation 21:27.
(d) Establish the fact that man can do nothing to obtain this perfection. Romans 4:5, Galatians 2:16, Ephesians 2:8-9.
(e) Show how God provided a sin-bearer in the person of Jesus Christ and imputes to man His righteousness. Isaiah 53:6, II Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9, I Peter 3:18.
(f) Establish the fact that man needs only to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour for salvation. John 1:12, John 3:16-18, Acts 16:31, John 6:47.
(g) Establish the fact that man can be certain of his salvation now and that his salvation cannot be lost because eternal life is eternal. John 6:37 & 39, John 10:28, Hebrews 10:10-14, I Peter 1:5.