Philosophy of Ministry
We are committed to communicating the truth of God’s Word, and the person of Jesus Christ, in an accurate, clear, and practical way so that people can understand God’s plan for their lives, as well as their important role as authentic Christians for God’s Glory. We are committed to assisting every believer, young and old, to be ready to minister to, and care for, those people in need that they come in contact with each day.
Mission & Purpose
DECLARING the Grace of God.
DEMONSTRATING Loving Compassion.
DEVOTING Our Lives to Mission.
Lives characterized by integrity are reliable and stable. Godly character demands that we be the same in private as we are in public. Godly character is a by-product of a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is at the core of godly character. We are committed to the Biblical standard of ethical and moral behavior that can only be accomplished by being people of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We value both the personal and professional priorities of each person, and we are committed to providing an atmosphere of respect and love where each person can contribute and thrive as member of the Body of Christ. Honor must also be reflected in our respect for all people. Their needs are our opportunity for ministry and we will serve their needs in whatever way we can.
As a ministry devoted to communicating God’s grace, we must demonstrate that same grace in our relationships with others and with our families. We must put God’s grace into practice through our thoughtfulness, kindness, generosity, freedom, forgiveness, appreciation, and by inspiring greatness in those around us.
We aim to reflect the infinite excellence of the God we serve. Our goal is to be above average, to stand out from the crowd of average thinkers and predictable methods. Realizing that “in everything we do” we represent our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we strive for strong, healthy, and creative results in all our efforts. We desire a ministry that results in bringing maximum glory to our Lord!
Our ultimate purpose is to bring glory to our God, and we bring Him maximum glory in living by faith and by trusting our talents, finances, and plans to God’s control. We choose to be comfortable with uncertainty because we rest in the certainty of His Character and His Word. Ultimately we want others to put their trust in Jesus Christ because of our example. Will others see our actions, or will they see our God?
We affirm that Ephesians 4:1-6 stands alone as the doctrinal unity for Northwest Bible Church. Desiring to be in full accord with the mind of the Spirit, we hold and require to follow our beliefs.Read Eph 4:1-6 (KJV)
That the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God, and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21). In the presentation of the Word, it is to be “rightly divided” according to the dispensational principle as set forth in 2nd Timothy 2:15 (ASV).
In one God, creator and sustainer of the universe, existing eternally in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 4:4-6; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Romans 9:5
In the eternal deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, God the Son; that He was co-existent with the Father; that He is before all things and that by Him all things exist. He was begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true Man.
Luke 1:35; Philippians 2:6-9; Romans 1:3-4; Matthew 1:23; John 20:28; Hebrews 1:8; Colossians 1:15-17
The Holy Spirit, a Person co-equal with the Father and Son, convicts the world of sin, regenerates, baptizes into the Body of Christ, seals, indwells, enlightens, and empowers the believer.
1 Corinthians 2:10-12; 6:19; 12:13; Ephesians 1:13, 17-18; 3:16; 4:30; Titus 3:5
That man was created perfect and in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings born into this world inherit a sinful nature and are totally depraved, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word, and deed.
Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:9-12; 5:12
God redeems (saves) ungodly sinners by His grace, upon the ground of the shed blood of Christ, through the means of faith. This complete salvation is bestowed as a free gift of God apart from man’s works.
Romans 3:24-28; 5:1, 9; 10; Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Titus 3:5-6; Ephesians 2:8-10
In this present dispensation of the grace of God there is only one true Church, which is called the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13, 27; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:1-10; 4:15-16). It is composed of all the saved and had its historical beginning with the Apostle Paul before he wrote his first epistle.
Colossians 1:18, 24-26; 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16; cf. Acts 13:45-46; Philippians 1:5-6; cf. Acts 16; 1 Corinthians 12:13, 27; cf. Acts 18.*
The Holy Spirit bestows gifts (enablements) as necessary for the ministry of the Body of Christ. Leadership gifts for the Church are those enumerated in Ephesians 4:11. The gifts of apostles and prophets were needed only until the Word of God was completed, and were then withdrawn, along with the miraculous sign-gifts.
1 Corinthians 13:8-13; Colossians 1:24-26; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 with 1 Corinthians 13:8-11*
It is impossible for man to eradicate the sin nature in this life. Victory over sin increases in direct relationship to the assimilation of the Word of God in the life of the believer.
Romans 6:1-19; 12:1-2; Galatians 2:20; 5:16-25; Colossians 3:16
The Lord’s table, as revealed through the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, is for members of the Body of Christ to observe “until He comes” (1 Corinthians 10:16-21). There is no place in Scripture where the Lord’s Supper and water baptism are linked together or where they are called sacraments or ordinances for the Church which is His Body.
The Scriptures contain several water baptism ceremonies which we believe are related to God’s earthly kingdom purposes concerning Israel and the nations. (Hebrews 9:10; Acts 2:36-38; 13:24; Matthew 28:19-20), but the Apostle Paul concludes that there is “one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5) by the Holy Spirit into the one true Church, the Body of Christ, at the moment an individual puts his trust in Christ (Ephesians 1:13). This one baptism administered by the Holy Spirit and not by human hands (Colossians 2:11-12), results in the permanent union of every believer as a member of the Church which is His Body (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). Therefore, this church does not practice any form of water baptism.
In the pre-tribulation rapture of both the living and the dead of the Body-Church into the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53), and His second coming to earth to set up His millennial Kingdom, over which He will reign.
Zechariah 14:4-9; Acts 1:10-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:4-6
In the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust, the eternal rejoicing of the saved in the presence of the Lord, and the eternal conscious suffering of the lost separated from God. Nowhere does Scripture extend the hope of salvation to the unsaved dead but instead reveals that they will ever continue to exist in a state of conscious suffering.
Luke 16:23-28; John 3:36; Colossians 3:6; Philippians 3:19; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 14:11; 20:14-15
The mission and commission of the Church, which is His Body, is to proclaim the message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:14-21) and endeavor to make all men see what is the dispensation of the Mystery (Ephesians 3:8-9). In this we should strive to reach those in the regions beyond where Christ is not yet named.
Romans 15:20; 2 Corinthians 10:16