WHAT WE BELIEVE

WHO ARE WE?

North Orange Christian Church (NOCC) is a non-denominational congregation of Christians which has existed for over 30 years. We are young, old and middle-aged, men, women, boys and girls--anyone who loves the Lord.
We are not formally affiliated with any denomination or organization outside the local church. We seek unity and cooperation with all Christians, regardless of their name.
NOCC is a “non-creedal” church. We do not affirm or require affirmation of any creed other than the Bible. We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, and that all Christians are responsible to study it and respond to it in faith.

WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?

We believe that the Bible alone is the authority for our teaching. The following are offered as summaries only. We adhere to the maxim: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, freedom; in all things, love".

ABOUT GOD

God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed as one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

ABOUT JESUS

The Messiah or Christ (Anointed One) Jesus is God who became flesh (Matthew 1:18-23). He lived a sinless human life, and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead on the third day demonstrating his power over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:3-5). He ascended to Heaven (Luke 24:50-51) as our High Priest and will return to earth at the time the Father has set (Matthew 16:27) as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (1 Timothy 6:14-15).

ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19). He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8), and stands beside us to help us in our Christian walk (John 14:16).

ABOUT THE BIBLE

The Bible is inspired by God, and is the primary source for our teaching, and for guidance in living our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

ABOUT SALVATION

Salvation from the penalty of our sin follows the forgiveness of our sins (1 John 1:9), adoption by God the Father (John 1:12-13), and inheritance of the Kingdom of Heaven (Revelation 21:7). Salvation is a gift from God, not something we earn in any way (Ephesians 2:8-9). We only gain salvation by submitting our life in faith (belief, trust, loyalty) to Jesus as our Lord (John 3:16; John 14:6). While we do not believe baptism in itself saves anyone (baptismal regeneration), we note the universal practice of baptism whenever an account of conversion is given in the New Testament. Consistent with New Testament teaching, we believe this baptism is the immersion of repentant believers in water identifying them with the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3).


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