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 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)
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 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 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 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)
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 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. (Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41) North Ridge Church will provide opportunities throughout the year for those who want to be baptized.
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)
North Ridge Church is part of The Wesleyan Church—a growing, multiethnic 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.