Our gatherings are presence-focused. We intentionally focus our worship on God’s presence and what He is doing at the moment. We are sensitive to His leading and we adjust our posture accordingly. We also make space in our gatherings to be present with each other. We are focused on the presence of God and the presence of each another. People are reached through presence. (Ps. 22:3) (Eph. 4:2-3) (Zech. 2:5)
Our community is faith-filled. We believe that God continues to speak, heal, and restore lives today as He did in the early Church. Faith is the belief in what God can do, regardless of what we may see with our eyes. We make space in our gatherings for people to hear God, to be healed by God, and to be restored by God. People are restored by faith in Jesus. (Matt. 10:8) (1 Cor. 14:1-5) (Heb. 11)
Our leaders are servant-hearted. We believe that the best leaders in the Kingdom are servants of God and others. It is our conviction that every person in our community has ability and capacity to serve. Serving is not above or beneath anyone and it is just what healthy families do. People are equipped and released through serving. (Jn. 13:14,15) (Jn. 13:34) (Eph. 4:11-13)
Northside Church has 22 beliefs that are integral to our ministry. As a part of the Foursquare denomination, we also adopt their beliefs in addition to ours, which are viewable here.
1. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe the Bible is God-inspired (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
2. THE ETERNAL GODHEAD
We believe God is triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14).
3. THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but by voluntary disobedience fell from perfection (Romans 5:12, 19).
4. THE PLAN OF REDEMPTION
We believe that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, signing the pardon of all who believe in Him (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).
5. SALVATION THROUGH GRACE
We believe that we have no righteousness and must come to God pleading the righteousness of Christ (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
6. REPENTANCE AND ACCEPTANCE
We believe that upon sincere repentance, and a whole-hearted acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God (Luke 24:46, 47; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; 1 John 1:9).
7. THE NEW BIRTH
We believe that the change which takes place in the heart and life at conversion is a very real one (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20).
8. DAILY CHRISTIAN LIFE
We believe that it is the will of God that we be sanctified daily, growing constantly in the faith (Hebrews 6:1).
9. BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that baptism by immersion is an outward sign of an inward work (Matthew 28:19, 20). We believe in the commemoration of the Lord’s Supper by the symbolical use of the bread and juice of the vine (1 Corinthians 11:24, 25).
10. BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to endue the believer with power; and that His incoming is after the same manner as in Bible days (Acts 2:4).
11. THE SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE
We believe that it is the will of God that we walk in the Spirit daily (Ephesians 4:30-32).
12. THE GIFTS AND FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit has spiritual gifts for the Christian; and that believers should show spiritual fruit as evidence of a Spirit-filled life (1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Galatians 5:22, 23).
We believe that the experience and daily walk of the believer should never lead him into extremes of fanaticisms (Philippians 4:5; James 5:19, 20).
14. DIVINE HEALING
We believe that divine healing is the power of Christ to heal the sick in answer to the prayer of faith (James 5:14-16).
15. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).
16. CHURCH RELATIONSHIP
We believe it is our sacred duty to identify ourselves with the visible church of Christ (Acts l6:5; Hebrews 10:24, 25).
17. CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that rulers should be upheld at all times except in things opposed to the will of God (Romans 13:1-5).
We believe that all shall stand some day before the judgement seat of God; and there receive eternal life or death (Romans 2:1-16; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
We believe that heaven is the glorious eternal home of born-again believers (John 14:1-3; Revelation 7:15-17).
We believe that hell is the place of eternal torment for all who reject Christ as the Saviour (Revelation 20:10-15).
We believe that soul winning is the most important responsibility of the Church (Acts 1:8; 8:4-8).
22. TITHES AND OFFERINGS
We believe that the method ordained of God for the support and spread of His cause is by giving of tithes and free-will offerings (Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15).