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Our Beliefs

​NLIC Statement of Faith​

GOD…is the Creator and Sovereign Ruler of the universe (Gen. 1:1).  He is the only perfect being, the True and Living God, infinitely holy and powerful. He has eternally existed as one God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19). Each person of the Godhead is co-equal with distinct personal attributes, yet they share one nature, essence and purpose.

JESUS CHRIST…is the eternal Son of God. He is God incarnate, fully God and fully man (Col. 1:15). Through the supernatural action of the Holy Spirit, He was born of a virgin. He then lived a sin-free life, uniquely qualifying Him to reconcile God and man through His sacrificial and perfectly sin-atoning death on a cross. He rose from the dead through bodily resurrection and demonstrated His victory over sin and death. He then ascended into Heaven and sat down at the Father's right hand (Heb 10:12). He shall return at the right time and forever reign with His people as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

THE HOLY SPIRIT…is the Spirit of God. He is the third person of the Trinity (what we refer to as the Godhead). He participated in the creation of the universe (Gen 1:2), the inspiration of Holy Scripture (the Bible) (2 Pet. 1:20-21) and the birth of Christ (Luke 1:31-35). He also participates in the salvation process
through conviction of sin, introduction to the Savior, and regeneration of the spirit for all who receive Jesus Christ as Lord. He then indwells every believer (John 14:17), empowering them for service in the Kingdom through the endowment of the gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:1-11). He is our comforter, our teacher and our guide in living the Christian life.

THE HOLY BIBLE…is the divinely inspired Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17). It was written by men but authored by God. It is His revelation of Himself to mankind, revealing His plan of redemption. It is a record of God working throughout history to accomplish His sovereign will.  The Bible points to Jesus Christ, God’s revelation of His plan to reconcile man to Himself. It contains complete instructions for living the Christian life as guided by the Holy Spirit. It is truth without any mixture of error and our final authority in questions of faith.

MANKIND…was created by God in His own image (Gen. 1:26-28). We are God’s crowning work in His creation. We have a capacity for goodness and a will to choose.  In the beginning, we were sinless and in right standing with God. Mankind then chose disobedience to God in the form of sin (Gen 3:1-19). With the entrance of sin into the world, came the fallen condition of mankind and the world. Mankind was separated from a holy and righteous God by sin (Rom. 6:23). Mankind needed a Savior.

SALVATION…is a gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace, through faith, in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Eph. 2:8). Without Jesus Christ, we are guilty of sin. Any person who believes in their heart and confesses with their mouth that Jesus is Lord, will be saved. It cannot be stated enough that our only hope for life, is through Jesus Christ, by trusting Him and receiving Him as God’s offer of forgiveness. Those who choose not to accept Jesus will be forever separated from God and sent to Hell along with the devil and his followers. God did not design Hell for man, but there is no other place for those who reject Jesus. As the Word says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23.

THE CHURCH... is made up of individuals around the world who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and follow His teaching.  There is one body, one Lord, one Spirit, and one God who is Father of all who believe (Eph 4: 3-6). Through the love of Christ, the true church cuts across all barriers; ethnic, cultural, national, geographic, denominational, socioeconomic, gender, etc. The love of Christ bridges every gap and separation common to man. Jesus, as the head of the church, uses the church to reach the lost with the message of salvation.

SPIRITUAL GIFTS...were given when "He (Jesus) ascended on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men." (Eph. 4:8) These gifts are discussed in both Romans and 1 Corinthians, and they are imparted to us for service and for living a victorious, successful Christian life. Unlike the nine gifts of the Spirit, these spiritual gifts operate in the natural, and are necessary in providing for the practical needs of the church and reaching the lost. Based on a study of Romans and 1 Corinthians, here is a list of what we hold to be spiritual gifts: Ministry (Service), Teaching, Exhortation, Giving, Leadership, Mercy, Helps, and Administration.

THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT...is what John the Baptist was referring to in Matt. 3:11: "He (Jesus) will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire." It is a gift from God, as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ, to all believers in this age and is available to believers after they are saved. One who has been baptized in the Holy Spirit may speak with other tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance. Tongues are very valuable to the believer "building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit." (Jude 20).

THE NINE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT...found in 1 Cor. 12 are all alive and working today within the body of Christ, the church. These gifts that Paul singled out, unlike other spiritual gifts discussed in Romans and 1 Corinthians, are supernatural displays of God's ability. We believe that no one has been given all the gifts, and that no single gift is "the sign" of salvation. We believe every born-again Christian should desire these gifts, and we welcome their operation according to the guidelines in 1 Cor. 14. We recognize that there exists some over-zealous and extra-emotional expression of the gifts of the Spirit within the church today (and even some intentional fraud). But we must be careful not to ignore the gifts of the Spirit as a means by which God ministers to people and points them to Christ as their Savior. The gifts of the Spirit are not used as we will, but as the Spirit wills. They cannot be forced or "triggered" by the efforts of man. The Bible instructs us to "test the spirits, whether they are of God," because there are false prophets in the world. Therefore the Bible is the final authority on everything that is said and done in every circumstance. Finally, we believe that the operation of the gifts of the Spirit, will always bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ when the person operating in the gifts is acting in accordance with the Bible.