Doctrinal Statement

Doctrinal Statement—The following doctrinal principles represent the beliefs of the membership of NCBC as they relate to God’s Word and His plan for our lives

1. The Holy Scriptures
 
We believe the Bible in the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek languages to be the verbal, plenary inspired Word of God; that it is authoritative, inerrant, God-breathed (Matthew 5:18; John 16:12–13; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:20–21) and our all-sufficient rule of faith and practice.
 
2. The Godhead or Trinity
 
We believe in the one triune God who exists in three co-equal, co-eternal, and co-infinite Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; that all three members of the Godhead are identical in nature, possessing the same attributes—sovereignty (Psalm 47:2), righteousness (Psalm 11:7), justice (Deuteronomy 10:17), love (1 John 4:16), eternal life (Jeremiah 10:10), omniscience (1 John 3:20), omnipotence (Jeremiah 32:17), omnipresence (Deuteronomy 4:39), immutability (Malachi 3:6), and veracity (Isaiah 65:16); and that the members of the Godhead are equal in power, infinity, glory, and authority over creation (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16–17; 28:19–20; John 10:30; 14:6–17; 15:26; 17:21; Acts 5:3–4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 2:18; 4:4–6; Colossians 1:27; Hebrews 1:1–3; 1 John 4:2).
 
3. God the Father
 
We believe God the Father, the first person of the Godhead, is the Architect and Planner of all creation (Malachi 2:10; 1 Corinthians 8:6) and through His Son gives a perfect revelation of Himself (John 1:1, 18; 17:1–26; 20:17; Colossians 1:15–17; Hebrews 1:1–3).
 
4. The Person and Work of Christ
 
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the second person of the Godhead, became true humanity without ceasing to be Deity; that He is the eternal Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (Matthew 1:20–23; Luke 1:34–35; John 1:1–2, 14), Who as a propitiatory sacrifice (Isaiah 53:9–15) fully accomplished the redemption of fallen mankind and secured the defeat of Satan by His substitutionary spiritual death on the Cross and made sure by His literal physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 1:3; Romans 3:24–25; 4:24–25; 1 Corinthians 15:1–4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5–8; Hebrews 13:20–21; 1 Peter 1:3–5, 18–20; 2:24; 3:18); that He is now in heaven, exalted and seated at the right hand of God the Father (Hebrews 1:3; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2), where as our Great High Priest He fulfills the ministry of our Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate to the Father (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25–27; 9:24); that while in Session awaiting His return to establish His one thousand year kingdom on earth, He evaluates Church Age believers for ruling and reigning with Him in the Millennium (Psalm 2; 110; 2 Timothy 2:11–13; Revelation 3:21); and that He is the irrefutably acknowledged Head of the Church, that is all Church Age believers—His Body (Ephesians 1:19–23; 5:23).
 
5. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
 
We believe the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, convicts the world of sin, restrains evil, and glorifies Christ; that in this present Church Age He regenerates (Titus 3:5–6), indwells (Romans 8:9), and assigns spiritual gifts to each believer at the point of personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7–12); that by means of Him we are baptized into the Body of Christ (Matthew 3:11; 1 Corinthians 12:13-14) and sealed to the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30); and that as our Mentor (John 15:26) the Holy Spirit guides, teaches and illuminates every believer to spiritual truth (John 16:7–14) and to do the will of God (1 Corinthians 2:10–15)
 
6. Sovereignty of God and the Freewill of Man
 
We believe God is sovereign and exercises supreme and absolute rule over all creation as a part of and consistent with the attributes of His deity (1 Chronicles 29:11–12); that by divine decree His sovereignty and the free will of man coexist simultaneously throughout human history (John 7:17; Philippians 2:13); and that divine sovereignty neither violates nor coerces the free will of man (John 1:12; 3:15–16; 1 Timothy 2:1–7; 2 Peter 3:9).
 
7. The Total Depravity of Mankind
 
We believe Adam was created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26); that he was created spiritually alive and through one act of personal sin acquired a sin nature and died spiritually, being totally alienated from God (Genesis 2:17); that since Adam’s sin, every member of the human race, excluding the Lord Jesus Christ, is born into a state of total depravity (Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10–17; 5:12, 18–21; 6:23), and that this state of depravity leaves man helpless to have a relationship with God apart from faith in His grace provision, the saving work of Christ on the cross (Isaiah 64:6; John 3:16, 18, 36; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8–9).
 
8. Salvation
 
We believe salvation is a gift of God brought to mankind by grace and received by personal, non-meritorious faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Whose sacrificial, efficacious, and substitutionary spiritual death on the Cross atoned for the sins of all mankind and provided the way of reconciliation to God (John 1:12; 3:3–6, 15–16; 5:24; 6:40, 47; 20:31; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:24–26; 5:8–9, 11, 16; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:18–21; 1 Timothy 2:4–6; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2).
 
9. The Eternal Security of Believers
 
We believe everyone who believes by faith alone in Christ alone for salvation is eternally secure; that they can never be lost; that once saved, always saved (John 10:27–30; 1 Corinthians 1:4–9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24; Hebrews 10:14).
 
10. Dispensations
 
We believe God ordained distinct administrations in human history called dispensations; that these dispensations constitute the divine viewpoint and theological interpretation of history; that in each dispensation His purpose, glorification, and the unfolding of His plan for mankind during that period of history is divinely revealed; and that an understanding of dispensations is critical to the believer’s orientation to God’s will, authority, plan, and purpose for his life (John 1:16–17; Romans 16:25–26; Ephesians 1:8–10; 3:2, 9; Colossians 1:25–26).
 
11. Creation
 
We believe that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” instantaneously from nothing (Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 45:18); that after the fall of Satan and resultant desolation and chaos of the earth (Genesis 1:2), God restored the earth, creating the physical universe, the plant and animal kingdoms, and mankind in six literal days (Genesis 1:3-2:1).
 
12. The Responsibility of Believers
 
We believe it is the responsibility of all Church Age believers to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18), to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), to walk by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25), and not quench or grieve the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19); that we, believers, are to live not by works or human merit but by grace which is sufficient for maintaining a life obedient to the Word of God (John 14:15–17; Romans 6:14; 12:1–2; 2 Corinthians 13:9; 1 Peter 2:2–5); that we are ambassadors for Christ which includes witnessing to unbelievers (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:17–21; 1 Peter 2:5–9;), praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Hebrews 13:10–18), fulfilling the laws of divine establishment, nationalism, and patriotism (Romans 13:1–7; 1 Peter 2:13–17; 1 Timothy 2:1–4), and using our spiritual gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ, the Church (Ephesians 4:11–13).
 
13. Spirituality
 
We believe that in this dispensation, the Church Age, spirituality is an absolute condition of believers—we are either spiritual or carnal (Galatians 5:16–17); that when we commit any mental, verbal, or overt sin, whether known or unknown, we lose the filling of the Holy Spirit and are out of fellowship, in the status of carnality (Romans 8:5–8; Ephesians 5:18), and that fellowship or the status of spirituality is restored by our acknowledgement of sin(s) to God the Father (James 4:8; 1 John 1:5–9).
 
14. Spiritual Gifts 
 
We believe that at the moment of salvation God the Holy Spirit sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts to all Church Age believers; that these spiritual gifts are unique to the Church Age; that the permanent spiritual gifts of the Church Age include pastor-teachers, evangelists, administrators, teachers, exhortation, mercy, giving, helps or ministry; that the temporary spiritual gifts of apostleship, prophecy, speaking in foreign languages (tongues), distinguishing of spirits, healing, and the working of miracles ended with the completion of the New Testament Canon in 96 A.D. (Romans 12:4–8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:7–11; Hebrews 2:3–4); and that the purpose of spiritual gifts is for the “equipping of the saints [believers] for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God” (Ephesians 4:12–13).
 
15. The Church
 
We believe the Church, or the Body of Christ, is composed of all believers of the Church Age irrespective of our affiliation with Christian organizations; and that the Body of Christ shall become the Bride of Christ at the Rapture of the Church, which brings to a close this present dispensation (1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Ephesians 1:22–23; 5:25–27; Revelation 19:6–9).
 
16. The Lord’s Supper
 
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper, also called the Eucharist or Communion, for the Church Age, mandating it be observed until His return by all believers, regardless of church affiliation or membership, as a memorial of His person and work, His substitutionary spiritual death on the cross (Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:17–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26).
 
17. Satan and the Angelic Conflict

 
We believe in the personality of Satan or Lucifer, the devil ( Revelation 12:9), who is the declared enemy of both God and man (Job 1:6–7; Matthew 4:2–11; 1 Peter 5:8); that before the beginning of human history Satan and one-third of the angels rebelled against the divine order of God (Isaiah 14:12–17; Revelation 12:4) and instigated a conflict in the spiritual realm that continues until the end of human history (Revelation 20:10), and that the ultimate doom of these fallen angels or demons as adjudicated by God is the Lake of Fire (Isaiah 24:21; Matthew 25:41) into which they will be cast at the end of the Millennium (Revelation 20:1–10).
 
18. The Blessed Hope
 
We believe the next fulfillment of prophecy in history will be the Rapture of the Church, translated literally from the Greek “exit resurrection,” at which time we, Church Age believers, both dead and alive will be changed “in the twinkling of eye” to our resurrection bodies at the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air where we will be received by Him and return with Him to heaven “and so we shall always be with the Lord” (Romans 8:18–25; 1 Corinthians 15:20–24, 51–57; Philippians 3:20–21; 4:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; Titus 2:11–14; James 5:7–8; 1 John 2:28).
 
19. The Tribulation
 
We believe the Rapture of the Church will be followed by the fulfillment of Daniel’s seventieth week known as the Great Tribulation and “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7), a seven-year period of unparalleled worldwide violence in which divine judgment is administered to unbelievers and Israel (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15–21; Revelation 6).
 
20. The Second Coming of Christ
 
We believe in the pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ; that the Great Tribulation will be climaxed by His return, known as the Second Coming or Second Advent, to set up His millennial kingdom on earth (Zechariah 14:4–11; Matthew 24:15–25; 2 Thessalonians 1:7–10; Revelation 20:6).
 
21. The Eternal State
 
We believe that upon physical death, the soul and human spirit of those who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation immediately pass into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the Rapture or the Second Coming, when soul, human spirit, and resurrected body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory but that upon physical death, the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the Millennium when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7–10; Jude 6, 7; Revelation 20:11–15).

22. Marriage

We believe that marriage has only one meaning sanctioned by God, the joining of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18-25; Psalms 128:3; Matthew 19:4-5; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 7:32-34; Ephesians 5:22-31; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Peter 3:1-7).
 
Tenets—The following tenets shall be adhered to by NCBC and its members.
1. NCBC shall not at any time become a member, sanction, or support any denomination, association of churches, or any national or international religious organizations such as the National Council of Churches or the World Council of Churches.
2. NCBC shall not solicit anyone to become a member. Those who desire to affiliate with this church may do so by complying with the provisions of Article V.
3. NCBC shall not knowingly accept gifts from unbelievers or make individual solicitation of funds or pledges among believers.
4. NCBC shall not recognize or allow the pastor to perform same sex marriages.
5. NCBC shall not knowingly employ, place or maintain in an official position or ordain any person who is engaged in immoral behavior as described in Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1: 26-27, 1 Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-20, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, and Hebrews 13:4 but rather consider those who are living as directed in 1 Timothy 2:8-12, 3:1-13, and Titus 1:5-9. These positions include but are not limited to Pastor, Associate Pastors, Deacons, Music Director, church staff, teachers, and any other position that deals with church duties.
6. As a duly incorporated, organized local church according to the Word of God and recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia, we claim exemption from taxation and invoke the right of freedom of worship protected by the Constitution of the United States of America.
7. NCBC members shall:
  a. Submit to the authority of the Pastor and the Board of Deacons in all matters regarding the local assembly.
  b. Respect the privacy of other believers in thought, word, and deed.
  c. Obey the policies and procedures that exist to support the ministries of NCBC.