Our BeliefsNewberg Christian Church does not require that members subscribe to a formal creed. In a very real sense, "We have no creed but Christ, no book but the Bible." The twin bases of our unity are our faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and our adherence to the Bible as the inspired text for our teaching and the one sufficient constitution for governing congregational life.
UnityWe seek a unity of understanding in the essentials of our faith, yet we do not suggest that we must agree on all things pertaining to our walk in Christ. On many issues we have the freedom to disagree. We do ask, however, that all who accept and hold a leadership or teaching position at NCC respect the following guidelines and resist any temptation to use their position as a forum from which to teach other views. Unity in the body depends upon harmony and mutual trust in the leadership.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters…So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” Romans 14:1, 22
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35
Who is God?The Bible teaches that God is Creator of our world and Sustainer and Lord of our lives.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
We believe that God is:
One Deuteronomy 6:4
Omnipotent (all powerful) Luke 1:37
Omniscient (all knowing) Romans 11:33
Love I John 4:16
Sovereign Isaiah 25:8
Holy Isaiah 29:23
Our Creator Genesis 1:26-27
What about Jesus?Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, crucified under Pontius Pilate, and rose from the grave on the third day, according to the Scriptures. Jesus Christ is the one and only living Son of God and our Savior. Through Him, God opened the way of abundant and eternal life through His death, burial and resurrection to all who call on Christ's name.
“In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and He was God…So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.” John 1:1,14
He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way, just as we are—yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
He died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead for our salvation.
“He paid for you with the precious life blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God…Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And because God raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory, your faith and hope can be placed confidently in God.” I Peter 1:19-21
He is at the right hand of God and will return one day as our victorious King/Savior.
“I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe in him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 1:19-20
“Jesus has been taken away from you into heaven. And someday, just as you saw him go, he will return!” Acts 1:1
Jesus came to save the entire world.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.” John 3:16-17
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit:
Teaches us. John 14:26
Guides us. John 16:13
Empowers us to be witnesses. Acts 1:8
Lives within us. Romans 8:11
Convicts us of truth. I Corinthians 2:10
“He washed away our sins and gave us new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us because of what Jesus Christ our Savior did.” Titus 3:5-6
The BibleThe Bible is the inspired written Word of God. It is the authoritative rule of faith for all Christians and the Church. We believe that people are saved by grace through faith in Jesus and that our proper response involves repentance, confession, and baptism by immersion into Christ. The New Testament teaches the ministry of all believers, recognizing that the Holy Spirit gives various gifts to members of the body so that every member can make a contribution to the effective ministry of the entire church. We are therefore a Spirit-filled church seeking to do God's will and to become more like His Son, Jesus Christ. While we do not presume to dictate one's private worship practices, we have agreed that for the sake of the unity of the body, in our public worship and other sanctioned church meetings we will not teach or practice what is commonly called speaking in tongues.
We believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, without error, given to us so that we may know and understand the truth of God and His love for us.
“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophets themselves. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, it was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God.” 2 Peter 1:20-21
Human beings, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16
It is the authoritative rule of faith and practice for Christians and the Church.
“For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12
It is the living word of God.
PrayerWe are a praying church. We daily lift before God fervent prayers of praise, confession, thanksgiving, and petition.
"pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
"Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord." James 5:13-14
"Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." James 5:16
MissionsWe are a mission minded church. We send and support evangelistic and benevolent missions throughout the world. We encourage our finest people to accept the call to a greater Kingdom service, and we support them through generous mission offerings. The church exists to serve the world. Therefore we send evangelists to rescue the perishing of the world. Therefore we participate in efforts to improve community life. Therefore we want to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, offer hospitality to the stranger, clothe the naked, minister to the sick, and visit the imprisoned, as Jesus has instructed.
"for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:13-15
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:2-3
"Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman, ' for she was taken out of man." For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." Genesis 2:22-24
The FutureGod, who created the heavens and the earth, will one day bring life on earth to a conclusion. While accepting various understandings of how God will bring this about, we trust that Christ will come again and will call His own to Himself.
"For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
CommunionWe celebrate the Lord's Supper each Sunday, as we find the New Testament Christians did. In partaking of the bread and the juice, we remember our Lord's sacrifice for us and we strengthen our relationship with Him. All persons of all races have been created in the image of God and stand in need of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42
ResourcesGod expects wise management of our money and other resources in both our personal and our congregational lives. We encourage the tithe (ten percent) as the minimum the Bible teaches us to return to the Lord, In fact, we understand the governing principle to be that everything we have and are belongs to God. We do not hesitate to teach principles of Christian stewardship, agreeing with Jesus that "where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver"
2 Corinthians 9:7