NDKL Belief statements
We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God, written through men for the faith and instruction of all people. The Word of God is reliable and sufficient to reveal the character of God, inform people how to live, and act as the ultimate standard of truth for doctrine and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 17:17).
We believe in the trinity of the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is one in essence and exists as three persons, each being fully God (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
We believe man was created innocent in the image of God to represent Him and bring glory to Him. In Adam, man rebelled against God, bringing both physical and spiritual death into the world. Therefore, mankind is inherently sinful by nature and by choice. Because of this, mankind stands condemned, deserving of eternal separation from God (Genesis 1:27, 3:19; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 6:23)
We believe that salvation comes by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, apart from works. Salvation is a gift from God, through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation. One is saved by his or her personal and conscious decision to trust in the provision of Christ, thus sealing them with His Holy Spirit and securing their eternal redemption . (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 8:1; Ephesians 1:13; Acts 4:12).
We believe the universal Church is the body of Christ, with Jesus Christ as the head. The church is a spiritual organism made up of born-again persons who are united by the Holy Spirit. The Church began at Pentecost and is separate from Israel. We believe the Church’s ultimate mission is to bring glory to God by making disciples through prayer, the teaching of God’s Word, fellowship, and the proclamation of the gospel in our community and throughout the entire world (Matthew 28:19-20; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 9-11).
We believe in the personal, imminent return of Jesus Christ for the Church. Following this event comes the great tribulation and Second Coming of Jesus Christ to rule the nations, establishing His millennial kingdom on earth, thus leading to the final judgment of sin, and the establishment of the new heavens and new earth (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:1-6, 11-15; Matthew 24:21, 27-31; Revelation 21:1-4; Revelation 20:1-6).