CORE VALUES & BELIEFS

Everything we do at North Ridge Church comes from our core purpose to

- live full of life -

Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."    John 10:10


We encourage a full life by following these core values:

  • Love Abundantly – We believe that God loves us, that we should love God and love others. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself." (Luke 10:27)


  • Live Boldly - Because of Christ in us, we can live courageous and authentic lives. "God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible." (2 Timothy 1:7)


  • Connect with God God wants us to experience His love. He wants to be involved in our lives. Connecting with God is like having a spiritual GPS. "Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong" (Ephesians 3:17).


North Ridge Core Beliefs

These core beliefs define our Christian faith and North Ridge Church


God

There is one living and true God, who is the creator of the universe, and He exists in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is called the "Trinity." The personalities are separate, but always equal and unified. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Matthew 28:19)


Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He came to earth in human form, born of a virgin, and offered Himself to be sacrificed for the sins of all people by his death on the cross. After three days He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. Belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will result in eternity with God in Heaven. (John 14:10-14; Hebrews 4:14; I Corinthians 15:3-4)


Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit empowers and enables Christians to understand spiritual truth by guiding us, comforting us and giving us courage and insight. (John 14:15-17, 26; Galatians 5:25; I Corinthians 2:12-15; Ephesians 1:13)


The Church

The Bible instructs us to gather for worship, prayer, fellowship and the teaching of the Word. We believe the church is not a building or location but, rather, the church is people. Working together, we can accomplish great things for God, impact our community for Christ, and grow spiritually.  At North Ridge Church, this network of people serving each other and all those around them leads to the 167 principle of service. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 10:24-25)


The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It is inspired by God while, at the same time, reflecting the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of its human authors. We believe the scriptures are true and without error, and the Bible gives us the truth and guidance for Christian living. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105; Hebrews 4:12)


Salvation

Salvation is God’s gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. We simply ask God’s forgiveness of our sins, through Jesus’ dying on the cross. Through salvation we turn from ruling our own life to allowing God to help and guide us. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8; John 14:6; I John 2:2; I John 1:8-10; I Peter 2:24)


Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. (I Corinthians 2:7; John 14:2-4; Revelation 21:1-5; I Corinthians 15:50)


Baptism

Baptism symbolizes the spiritual cleansing through God’s forgiveness. It is an outward display of our inward commitment to Christ and our decision to trust in Him.  North Ridge will provide opportunities throughout the year for those who want to be baptized.   (Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41)


Communion

During Jesus’ last days, He gathered His disciples for a meal and asked them to eat bread and drink wine "in remembrance" of Him. We take communion to celebrate and remember Christ's death on the cross for our sins. We have an Open Communion at North Ridge Church, which means if you are a Christ-follower, regardless of any church membership, denomination or spiritual tradition, you are welcome to join in communion. We do not want anyone to feel obligated to take communion if they are not ready.  (I Corinthians 11:23-26)


Affiliation

North Ridge Church is part of The Wesleyan Church - a growing, multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and around the world. The name "Wesleyan" comes from John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, who emphasized a life of faith, self-discipline and involvement in social relief work. In 1843, a group of pastors and local churches, who had strong anti-slavery convictions and felt the church needed to take a stand against slavery, started The Wesleyan denomination.