When looking to be involved with a local church, it is critical that you know what a particular local body believes.
The statements below represent the core beliefs of The Nations Church. They provide a solid foundation for our unity in Christ, especially as an international church that embodies a diversity of cultural and church backgrounds. However, our core beliefs are also the essential and non-negotiable beliefs of Biblical Christianity.
There is a saying from church history that describes our mindset well: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, charity.” We believe our differences strengthen us when we allow Christ to fit and hold us together (Ephesians 4:16) and as we love another as He has loved us (John 13:34).
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26 & 27
1 John 5:7
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He became a man having been conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary. He is the only person to have lived a perfectly sinless life; therefore He was able to offer His life as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind when He died on the cross at Calvary. Three days later the power of God raised Him from the dead demonstrating His victory and power over death, hell and the grave. He ascended to heaven where He is today at the right hand of Father God.
1 Peter 2:21-25
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He is also given as a gift to every Christian at the moment of their salvation. For the Christian He provides guidance and power to live right before God; He gives understanding of spiritual truths, and various gifts that enable Christians to serve God. The Bible encourages Christians to live under His control.
1 Corinthians 3:16
The Bible is God’s Word to all humanity. Although various men wrote it down, they were completely inspired by the Holy Spirit. Therefore it is completely true, infallible and without error. It is full of God’s life and power. It gives instruction, correction and wisdom; when believed and acted upon it will enable the Christian to fulfill God’s will.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Psalm 119:9 & 105
God created people in His own image and placed them as rulers of His created world. Created with free choice Mankind chose to disobey God and so allowed sin and death into the world and into the heart of every person.
The nature of every human being born is sinful and so everyone needs to be saved from their sin.
God’s love for people is so great that He doesn’t want anyone to perish; He wants us all to be saved and forgiven for our sin. He demonstrated His love for people when He gave His only Son, Jesus, who became a man, lived a perfect life and was punished for the penalty of our sin. We are saved from our sin and its punishment when we take responsibility for our sin, repent of it and receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord. This means a complete turn around in our life; we turn our back on living for self and sin and make the choice to live for God. God removes our old sinful nature and gives us a new nature – we are a new creation. This is the ONLY way for people to be saved – there is no other way.
Acts 2:37-39 & 4:12
2 Corinthians 5:17
Our spirit was created to exist forever. After we physically die we will either exist forever separated from God by sin or forever with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be forever separated from God is hell. To be forever in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and hell are real places that exist forever.
To be baptized in the way the Bible teaches is to be completely immersed under water and then raised up out of the water. It is something every Christian should do in obedience to God. The water used for baptism is the symbol of a grave where our old sinful nature is buried (having been put to death with Jesus on His cross) and then raised up again in newness of life. Baptism is a public confession of our repentance of sin and our desire to live wholly for God.
This world is completely corrupted by sin; humanity deserves and is bound for hell. No one can save themselves or anybody else. Although it is God that we commit sin against He chooses to love us unrelentingly and, through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ, has made it possible for us to be forgiven of our sin, adopted into His family and made right with Him. This is the gospel or good news. Heaven is described as a place where every tongue, tribe and nation of this world will be represented by those who have believed in Jesus Christ. Every nation, tribe and tongue MUST hear the gospel. It is the great privilege and responsibility of the Church to tell the whole world this gospel. Making Disciples is something every true disciple of Jesus Christ does.