What We Believe
Northkirk is a community of followers of Jesus. Our church is led by the risen Lord Jesus. He continues to speak to his church through the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit. Our heritage is the reformed tradition of Christianity. Our Presbyterian heritage brings a number of historical creeds and confessions from the first centuries of the early Church to the twentieth century which are subordinate to God’s Word yet inform our understanding of the Scriptures.
We believe God has been revealed as three persons yet one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that God became human in the person of Jesus the Christ by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, his mother. We believe Jesus the Christ, fully divine and fully human, graciously gave his life to suffer and die in our place for our sins. We believe the Father raised Jesus from death to life and appointed him as Lord of all in heaven and earth from which he now rules and guides his church. Jesus will come again for a final judgment upon humanity welcoming those that have known and follow him to inherit life in the eternal kingdom of God.
We believe that God’s justification of humanity through the cross of Jesus was an act of God’s grace which calls all people to trust and follow Jesus. Therefore, now justified before God, we walk in new life being led by the Holy Spirit as faithful servants of God.
We believe the Scriptures (the canon established by the of the early Church consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments) witness God’s self-revelation and authoritatively expresses the Lord’s desire for the church.
We believe that God is sovereign over all his creation and will accomplish his good purposes and desires. We believe that God calls humanity in Christ to become his eternal, devoted people nurtured to become mature disciples of Jesus. The Lord sends his followers to serve in his continuing salvation work today.
We believe that God has initiated love for humanity by covenants throughout history. In Jesus the Christ we have been called to eternal life by the New Covenant established in his sacrificial cross.
We believe that God calls humanity to be faithful stewards of his gifts for the care of all creation. By the guidance of the Holy Spirit and in strength of our fellowship we are encouraged to such faithful stewardship.
We believe that humanity, with the exception of Jesus the Christ, is guilty of idolatry and sin. This has resulted in broken relationship of trust between humanity and God as well as loss of faithfulness to humanity’s God-given purpose. Jesus the Christ demonstrated how to faithfully love God the Father and so teaches us also as his disciples.
We believe that Jesus the Christ is at work to transform even this world through his body, the church, to bring justice and obedience to the Word of God so that others will be saved and blessed.