What we Believe

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GOD THE FATHER,

JESUS CHRIST THE SON,

AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

GOD THE FATHER,

JESUS CHRIST THE SON,

AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

WE BELIEVE IN THE HOLY TRINITY

GOD THE FATHER, JESUS CHRIST THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

Christians know God as the Holy Trinity — one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As Christians, we believe all people are created in God’s image and loved by God. We know about God through the Bible and especially through Jesus Christ, who embodied God’s love for humanity. 

We

God the Father

We believe God is the creator of the world; the giver of life; the source of healing and forgiveness; the advocate of the poor and oppressed; the power of new life and resurrection. God creates, redeems and continues to sustain the world.

John 1:1-5
1 John 4:16

Believe

Jesus Christ the Son

We believe that God came to us in Jesus Christ, a true human, humble and vulnerable. Jesus lived among us and demonstrated the good news in all he was and did. The good news is the promise that God loves us and saves us by grace alone. This promise was realized when Jesus was crucified. He died on the cross but was raised again in the body and in a new wholeness. As a result, through the gift of grace received by faith, all people can be made whole in Christ and set free to love and serve all people, particularly the vulnerable, just as God loves us.

John 3:16
John 1:14

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The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is God's presence with us today, guiding, comforting, and inspiring us. The Holy Spirit helps us understand God's Word, strengthens our faith, and brings us together as a community. Following Martin Luther's teachings, we trust that the Holy Spirit is always at work in our lives, leading us to live out our faith every day.

John 1:1-5
John 14:26
Acts 1:8

It's all about "Grace"

'For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. ' - Ephesians 2:8-10

 

 

What is Grace?

Grace is a free gift by God, not deserved or earned.

 

There is no special prayer you need to pray, state of mind you need to achieve, or good deed you need to perform. We believe that through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God became one of us and took upon himself the sin and suffering of all the world. God did this to demonstrate God’s love for us. The gift of grace expresses God’s unconditional love, and in response to that love we are set free to live gratefully and lovingly.

 

God’s grace is a gift, given through Christ and received by faith. There is nothing we can do on our own — good or bad — to earn this gift. We call this “good news” or the “gospel.” Through this gift of God, we are led by the Holy Spirit to love and work for justice and peace.

What about being a Christian?

A Christian is a believer in Jesus Christ and a follower of his teaching...the bible. 

 

Christians believe that God came to us in Jesus Christ, humble and vulnerable. Jesus lived among us and demonstrated the good news in all he was and did. The good news is the promise that God loves us and saves us by grace alone. This promise was realized when Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was raised up 3 days later (Easter) by God.. As a result, through the gift of grace received by faith, all people can be made whole in Christ and set free to love and serve all people, particularly the vulnerable, just as God loves us.

Are you a bible church?

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God

 

The short answer, "yes!"

 

Simply stated, the Scriptures (the bible) tell about Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit uses the Scriptures to present Jesus to all who listen to or read them. That is why we believe and profess that the Scriptures are the “source and norm” of our teaching and practice. As the Gospel writer John wrote, “these things are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).

 

When we say "inspired Word of God" we mean that God spoke life into the scriptures and that humans received that word and wrote the books that we have compiled into the scriptures we call, "The Bible." We believe in the Old and New Testament as the written word of God and understand through that Word that Jesus Christ is a New Commandment, which Jesus shares with us...

Mark 12:30

What about Baptism?

 

Beginning a life of faith

Baptism is a significant part of our faith journey as we come from the baptismal waters to live a new life as children of God. 

Our baptism sets us out on a lifelong journey that is characterized by our relationship to God, our relationship to our faith community, our relationships in our community and the wider world. 

 

We baptize babies, youth, adults and we all affirm baptism when people want to renew their vow and commitment before God.

Baptism

Here are the promises we make in Baptism..

 

• LIVE among God’s faithful people

• HEAR the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper

• PROCLAIM the good news of God in Christ through word and deed

• SERVE all people following the example of Jesus

• STRIVE for justice and peace in all the earth

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WHO

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MISSION

Our mission is what Jesus commanded us in the Great Commission in Matthew 28, "Go and Make Disciples." 

VISION - Part 1

"Change Church"

This is not the typical, "Hey, we are changing church, come join us!" This is change flipped on its end. We believe that Christ came to change the world and transform lives on a daily basis in addition to gathering with a community of faith on Sunday morning. Because Christ is transforming lives every day, the moment you walk into our church, we are changed. The Neighborhood Church is made new. We can no longer be who we were. Christ has transformed the church, because of you. 

 

The Neighborhood Church is constantly changing as we understand how the church meets the world today. 

VISION - Part 2

"Create Relationship"

Creating Relationship is not only close to the heart of TNC, it is close to the heart of God. God desires to be in relationship with the world, that is why we seek a relationship with Jesus Christ. That being said, we know it is hard to create relationship. It is hard to walk into a room full of strangers, "say hi!", or to introduce yourself to someone new- it is out of our comfort zone. Creating Relationship for us means that we help to create relationship with God and our neighbor: to meet, love and serve our neighbor every day and outside the church! 

 

The Neighborhood Church creates relationship with you, our neighbors in need, local non-profits, and global missions.