NHF Beliefs

God  |  Jesus Christ   |  The Holy Spirit  |  The Bible  |  The Human Race  |  Salvation  |  Eternal Security  |  The Life Beyond  |  In Essentials (Unity)  |  In Non-Essentials (Liberty)  |  In All Beliefs (Charity & Love)  |  Scripture References


God is the creator and sustainer of the universe (Genesis 1:1; Psalms 24:1,2; Psalms 8:3; Hebrews 11:3). He is no cavalier, watchmaker Deity, for He has infinite love and concern for His handiwork. He is all-powerful (Job 38-40), all-knowing (Psalms 139:2-4), and ever-present ( Psalms 139:7-10). He reveals Himself to mankind as Father, Son and Holy Spirit; yet He is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is known only through His self-disclosed revelation in Scripture and supremely by His revelation in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:4).

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Christ, and the Savior of the world, He is both fully human and fully divine, the son of God and the son of Man. He is the second personage of the Trinity who became the sacrifice for the sins of humankind.

Jesus lived a perfect and sinless life while here on earth (Hebrews 4:16). He showed the perfect nature of God to humankind because He was God (John 1:1; 8:58; 10:33; 20:28; Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 2:9). His life while on earth was marked by inspired teaching, miraculous healings, and other signs performed to demonstrate His power and authority over nature and the forces of evil, and to announce the beginning of God’s kingdom in His life and ministry. He also showed tremendous love for all persons He came in contact with.

Jesus was put to death on the Roman cross. His death, in God’s perfect plan, paid the price for the sins of all humanity (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 4:10). After three days in a tomb, He rose again to live forever and reign with all authority in heaven and on earth (John 20:1 – 30; Matthew 28:18).

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The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He was active at creation (Genesis 1:2), and He was the agent of inspiration for the prophets and lawgivers of old (2 Peter 1:20-21). In the Old Testament, He is seen to confide only in a select few, but His presence in all believers is promised and fulfilled in the New Testament (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:3).

The Holy Spirit is received by all believers at their conversion (1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 3:2). He seals the believers forever in the eyes of God and is the deposit ensuring the believers’ admittance into God’s kingdom (Ephesians 4:30; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22). He is the enabler who gives the believer power to speak in the name of Jesus (Acts 1:8). He is also our intercessor or advocate (lawyer) who speaks in our behalf before the Father (Romans 8:26-27; 1 Timothy 2:5).

The Holy Spirit dispenses gifts to all believers (1 Corinthians 12:1; Romans 14:4-8). The purpose of these spiritual gifts is not for show, but rather to enable the believer to convey the gospel message of Jesus Christ more effectively (John 14:26; 16:13-15).

The Bible

The Bible is the definitive record of God’s dealings with humankind. It was written by persons of faith who were directed by the Spirit of God to record events in history that revealed the redemptive nature of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21). Its message is one of judgment for the sins of humanity alongside the message of hope and salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the ultimate truth and reliable authority for our understanding of God and His dealings with us. It is truth, without any mixture of error. Without it, we would have only a subjective and speculative knowledge of who God is and what His purpose is for creation.

The Human Race

Humankind was created in the image of God, the crowning achievement of God’s creative handiwork (Genesis 1:27). However, this image was permanently marred shortly after creation when human beings chose to disobey the One who had made them. This disobedience led to separation from God, both spiritually and physically (Genesis 3). All human beings have chosen to follow this path of rebellion against God and no one is without sin (Romans 3:23; Galatians 3:22; Proverbs 20:9; Isaiah 64:6). The sin of all persons carries with it the penalty of death, both physical and spiritual (Romans 6:23; Jeremiah 31:30). Since we are so inclined toward sin, we cannot achieve the degree of holiness necessary to stand in God’s holy presence (Romans 3:20; Matthew 5:48; James 2:10).

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Because human beings were unable to reach God, He provided a way for all persons to be reunited with Him. God allowed His Son Jesus to literally “become sin” in our place and pay the penalty for the wrong we have done (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 1:14; 3:16). He did this because He loves us and wants us to have a full and complete life.

When we turn from a self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are “born again” (John 3:3). Eternal life begins at the moment anyone receives Jesus Christ by faith into his or her life (John 14:16; Galatians 3:26).

Eternal Security

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in his or her relationship to God for all eternity (John 10:28-29). If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. You receive salvation as a gift and you keep it as a gift. Remember, you didn’t do anything to earn it. It is God’s power, not yours, that keeps you (Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 3:5; 2 Timothy 1:12; Romans 8:35-39)!

The Life Beyond

Death seals the eternal destiny of each person (Hebrews 9:27). For all humankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world, and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual (1 Corinthians 15:12-28, 35-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18). Those who have trusted in Christ will be taken into the very presence of God for all eternity. Those who have chosen to reject his free gift of salvation will be eternally banished from His presence into eternal retribution (God does not remove our free will!) (John 3:16; 2:25; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:31-46).

In Essentials – Unity

“There is one body and one spirit — just as you were called to one hope when you were called — one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism; “one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”   
Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV)

In Non-Essentials – Liberty

“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”   
Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22 (NIV)

In all Beliefs – Charity & Love

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”   
1 Corinthians 13:2 (NIV)

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