OUR VISION

TO LIVE, LOVE AND LEAD LIKE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

 

Vision Explanation:

NSBC endeavors to be inclusive and international therefore we want to be known as a “Gathering Place for All Nations.” As a church we want to be committed to:

 

• LIVE – We want to learn the truth of God’s Word and apply it to our lives so that together we can bring glory to God in the way we do life. We want to learn not to just gain knowledge but for transformation. We want to live significant and meaningful lives. We want to enjoy a true sense of Christian community in which we live, learn, worship and work together.

 

• LOVE – We want our love for God to grow and our love for one another to be demonstrated. We want to love the world of people the way the Lord taught us. We want to reach out to our local community and beyond to show God’s love.

 

• LEAD – We want to mobilize the church for an inclusive and intentional ministry in our community and around the world. We want to influence and impact the world for Jesus Christ through evangelism, training and strategic missionary endeavors.

 

statement of faith

STATEMENT OF FAITH

Note: All members of the North Syracuse Baptist Church shall subscribe to these doctrines of our faith statement

Note: All members of the North Syracuse Baptist Church shall subscribe to these doctrines of our faith as a requirement for membership.

Section 1. The Word of God We believe the 66 books of the Holy Bible comprising the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, governed by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 4:12; Matthew 15:6

Section 2. The Trinity We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, and eternally existing in three persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in every attribute, one in substance and equal in divinity. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. Ephesians 4:4-6; Mark 12:29; Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Romans 1:19-20; Hebrews 1:3; Matthew 6:10; Romans 3:24

Section 3. God the Father We believe in God the Father, the eternal and infinite Sovereign of the universe, a personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe He hears and answers prayer. Genesis 1:1; Ephesians 1:19b-21; 1 Timothy 1:17; Revelation 1:8; John 4:24; Exodus 15:11; 1 Corinthians 2:5-7; Jude 21; Psalm 17:6

Section 4. Jesus Christ We believe Jesus Christ is God the Father’s eternal Son, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and the Word of the Father. We believe He is true and fully God and true and fully human, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe the incarnate Jesus is the image of the invisible God. We believe He lived a sinless life. As our Redeemer, He provided the necessary atonement for our sins vicariously through His shed blood, by His own sacrifice of Himself. We believe He died, was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. We believe He is ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God making perpetual intercession on behalf on His people. We believe in His personal, visible return to earth. John 1:1, 3, 14; Colossians 1:15, 17; Philippians 2;5-8; Luke 1:30-35; Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; Isaiah 53:4-6; John 20:26-28; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2  

Section 5. Holy Spirit We believe the Holy Spirit is God and indwells every believer, to sanctify and empower them. We believe He fills or controls those who are yielded to Him. We believe the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, of judgment and that He is active in the new birth. We believe the Holy Spirit empowers the believer for godly living and service. 1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8:9, 14-16; Ephesians 5:18; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; John 14:16-17, 26; John 16:7-8, 13; John 3:5-6; Galatians 5:22-23  

Section 6. Humanity We believe God created the entire universe, including the earth, and everything in it, in accordance with the Genesis account. We believe God created humanity, male and female, in the image of God with the purpose of glorifying God and enjoying fellowship with Him. We believe God created man in innocence, but by willful disobedience man sinned. Because of this, everyone is a sinner with an inherited sinful nature. Therefore, man is under just condemnation without defense or excuse. We believe the only way of salvation from this state of guilt and condemnation is solely and wholly by the grace of God through the righteousness and atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the sanctity of human life which begins in the mother’s womb at conception. Genesis 1:1-2, 11, 21-27; Psalm 33:6,9; Genesis 3:6, 16-19, 24; Romans 5:12, 16-21; Romans 3:10, 23-26; Psalm 51:5, John 3:19; Psalm 139:13; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Section 7. Salvation We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died and shed His blood to make atonement for the sins of mankind. On the basis of His substitutionary death and resurrection, all who exercise salvation through faith receive God’s forgiveness and the assurance of eternal life. Salvation through faith includes believing the facts of the Gospel, repenting (having a change of mind) of one’s own sin, agreeing with the Lord Jesus Christ and trusting in His atoning work. We further believe this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, where by He delivers undeserving sinners, who believe the good news of John 3:16, from the guilt, punishment, ruin and bondage of their sins, brings the sinner into a personal relationship with Himself and gives them new life. We believe salvation is the gift of God, exclusive of all works of righteousness in the life of the believer. Because salvation is given wholly by the grace of God, the believer’s salvation is eternally secure. We believe those who are in the Lord shall rise again to a glorious immortality. We further believe salvation results in righteous living, good works, repentance, and proper social concern for the glory of God. We believe at the moment of salvation the believer is fully indwelled by the Holy Spirit. 1 John 2:2, Acts 20:21; John 6:47; Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 52-54; Acts 20:21; Acts 16:31; Romans 9:16, 18; Ephesians 1:3-7, 11-12; I Peter 3:18; Titus 3:5-7; John 10:28; Ephesians 4:30; 2 Peter 1:3-10

Section 8. Church We believe Christ is the Supreme Authority of the Church as the head. The Church, as the bride of Christ, is composed of all persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and born again to a living hope. We believe that this body expresses itself in local assemblies who gather to worship God in a public manner by offering up prayers and thanksgiving, by attending to the preaching of the Word and observing the ordinances of the church. Additionally by exercising the gifts and privileges of His Word for mutual edification of the whole body, and by the spreading of the Gospel throughout the world. We believe in the mutual submission of believers to each other in love. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches. Ephesians 1;22-23; 5:23; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:3-4; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Peter 2:5; Ephesians 4:15-16; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Timothy 2:8; John 4:23,24; Revelation 14:6,7; Romans 12:6-13; 1 Corinthians 12:4-8; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 8:24; Colossians 1:18

Section 9. Ordinances We believe baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper are gospel ordinances only applicable for regenerated believers. The ordinances have no saving merit for they are emblems and types of spiritual realities, not the realities themselves. Baptism is a responsibility of each believer to declare one’s allegiance to Christ. The Lord’s Table is an expression of our communion with Christ and with one another, to be continued until his second coming. Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:41-42; 1Corinthians 11:23-26; Romans 6:1-5  

Section 10. Matters of Church and State We believe each local church is autonomous (free from any external authority or control), self- governing and free from interference of any hierarchy of individuals, organizations or governments. The local church is to determine matters of membership, policy, discipline, benevolence and governance. This church shall not be drawn into any other church or group which permits apostasy or undermines the fundamental tenets of the Gospel by what it teaches or denies. Matthew 22:21, Romans 13:1-7; Acts 13:1-4; Acts 5:29; John 16:7-15; Acts 15:1-2, 11&20; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2 Timothy 3:12-17  

Section 11. Christian Conduct We believe we have received positional righteousness by the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore to maintain and grow our fellowship with Christ we must quickly confess our sins and ask to be empowered by the Holy Spirit thus allowing us to walk in the Spirit. We will glorify God by obedience to Him, study of God’s Word, prayer, caring for one another and sharing the Gospel. We further believe our conduct should be blameless before the world; we should be faithful stewards of the time, talents and treasures with which we have been entrusted. We should be set apart unto God through sanctification and should continue to grow to become more like Christ. John 1:12; Romans 6:10-14; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; Ephesians 5:18; John 15:10; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Philippians 4:6,7; Galatians 6:2; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Peter 2:11-12; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Romans 8:1-27; Hebrews 10:10, 14; Hebrews 12:10  

Section 12. Last Things We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ for His bride, the Church. The just will be raised incorruptible, together with the righteous who are alive, they shall be changed in a moment, then rewarded according to the deeds done in the body and received into Christ’s kingdom and glory, and shall they ever be with the Lord. We believe in a literal 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth as King after the tribulation period. We believe there will be a bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust. The unjust shall awake to shame and everlasting punishment. Hebrews 9:27,28; 1 Corinthians 15:52-53; 1 Thessalonians 1:10 & 4:13-18; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:6, 11-15; Acts 24:15; Daniel 12:2  

Section 13. The Family We believe the family is the building block of society. We believe the only God-ordained marriage is the Biblical and legal union of a man and a woman, and that each member of the family is subject to Scriptural roles as described in Ephesians 5:22-6:4. Those involved in sexual relationships outside of marriage or in same sex relationship are outside of God’s plan of the family and shall not be accepted as members of this local church. Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 7:2; Ephesians 5:31-33; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 & 18     

core values

  • A Commitment to the Inerrancy, Authority and Sufficiency of the Scriptures upon Which We Build Sound Doctrine. (II Timothy 3:16 – 17; II Peter 1:2 –4)
  •  A Commitment to Preach and Teach the Truth of God’s Word for Transformation and in Order to Equip People for Life and Ministry. (II Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:11 –16)
  •  A Commitment to Personal and Corporate Worship of God Which Engages the Mind and Heart. (John 4:23 –24)
  •  A Commitment to Pursue Christ-Likeness in Attitudes and Actions.  (Philippians 1:21; 2:5)
  •  A Commitment to Respect the Worth and Dignity of All of Human Beings and to Create a Church Representative of Our Society’s Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Diversity. (Genesis 1:27; Revelation 7:9)
  •  A Commitment to Compassionately Minister to the Church Congregation, Community and World in General.  (Ephesians 4:15 –16)
  •  A Commitment to Christ-Centered Relationships as Part of a Caring Community.  (John 13:34; Acts 2:44 -46)
  •  A Commitment to Evangelize Our Local Area and World. (Acts 1:8)
  •  A Commitment to Strategic, Intentional and Unifying Ministry Endeavors.   (III John 8)
  • A Commitment to Excellence and Quality in Ministry for the Glory of God. (Colossians 3:23 -24)