What We Believe
The following Biblical positions are
not intended to be an exhaustive look at the scriptures but rather a guide of
understanding to share that which we teach, believe and covenant to hold as
1) THE WORD OF GOD: We believe the
Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, inerrant
in the original writings, complete as a revelation of God’s will for salvation,
and the supreme and final authority in faith and life. (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; John
10:34-35; Matt. 5:17-18; 1 Cor. 2:13)
2) THE TRINITY: We believe in one God (Mk. 12:29), creator and sustainer of all
things, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that these
three persons are equal in every divine perfection and that they execute
distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and
redemption. (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Gen. 1:26)
3) GOD THE FATHER: We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit,
perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love (Is. 40). We believe He concerns
Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and
that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Eph.
1:3-10; John 16:23-24).
4) JESUS CHRIST: We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only Son, and has
precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections as God the Father and God
the Holy Spirit (John 14:6-14). We believe further that He is not only true
God, but true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary
(Luke 1:26-38). We also believe in His sinless life (John 8:46; 2 Cor. 5:21),
His substitutionary atonement (Rom. 5:9-11), His ascension into heaven (Acts
1:9-11), His priestly intercession on behalf of His people (John 17), and His
personal, visible return from heaven (1 Thes. 4:13-18; Matt. 24:30-31). We
believe that Christ is coming again to rule the earth in righteousness and
truth (Rev. 11:15; 1 Cor 15:24-28; 2 Peter 3:11-13), His coming may occur at
any time, a truth which is a purifying hope (1 John 3:1-30; 2 Peter 3:10-13).
5) HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the Holy Spirit, His personality, and His work in
regeneration, sanctification and preservation. His ministry is to glorify the
Lord Jesus Christ, and implement Christ’s work of redeeming the lost and
empowering the believer for godly living and service (John 16:5-15; Rom.
8:9-17; Gal. 5:16-18, 22-26; 1 Cor. 12:1-11).
6) MAN: We believe God created man, male and female, in the image of God and
free from sin (Gen. 1:26-27), and that he subsequently fell through a
disobedient act and as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life. We
further believe man is a sinner by nature and choice and, therefore, is
spiritually dead. We also believe that those who repent of sin and trust Jesus
Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit (Gen. 3; Rom. 5:12-14;
Titus 3:5; Rom. 8:1-17).
7) SALVATION: We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
We further believe that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of
God, and was purchased by Christ on the cross, and is received by man through
faith, apart from any human merit, works or ritual. We further believe
salvation results in righteous living, good works and proper social concern.
(Eph. 2:8-10; Gal. 2:20-21; Gal. 5:16-26)
8) THE CHURCH: We believe that the church is the spiritual body of which Christ
is the head (Eph. 1:22). We believe that the true church is composed of all
persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the
Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13). His body expresses itself in local assemblies whose
members have associated themselves for worship, for instruction, for evangelism
and for service (Eph. 4:1-16). We believe the ordinances of the local church
are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The practice of the North Haven Bible Church is to baptize believers by immersion (Rom. 6:1-4; Matt. 28:20; 1 Cor.
9) CHRISTIAN CONDUCT: We believe that the supreme task of every believer is to
glorify God in his life (Phil. 2:12-13; 3:12-14); that his conduct should be
blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his
possessions (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Thes. 4:1-8); and that he should seek to realize
for himself the full stature of maturity in Christ (Eph. 4:11-16).
10) LAST THINGS: We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the
unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting
punishment of the lost (Luke 16:19-31; Matt. 22:31-32; Job 19:23-27; Rev.