WHAT WE BELIEVE

Core Beliefs

North Routt Community Church is a non-denominational church composed of people from many different backgrounds, but united around the following core beliefs:

Scripture

We believe that the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, without error in the original writings, and the supreme authority by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.  All Scripture is totally trustworthy and true, and it is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

 

 

God

We believe there is only one true God who is eternal, sovereign, all-powerful, all-knowing, just, and loving. We believe that He purposefully created the world and is personally engaged in the lives of human beings.  He exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Man

We believe that God created mankind in His own image for His own glory.  Although He loves us and desires a personal relationship with us, we have all sinned against Him.  Thus, His image has become distorted in us, and we are separated from Him and deserving of His judgment. Only through His mercy and forgiveness can we be redeemed and reconciled to Him.

 

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and is God's only provision for man's sin.  Being born of a virgin, He became fully human while surrendering nothing of His deity.  He lived a perfectly sinless life, and He satisfied the Father's justice concerning sin by dying on the cross in our place and paying the penalty for sin with His own blood.  He rose from the dead on the third day, and He ascended into heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God the Father.  He promised that He will return one day to judge all of mankind.

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God given to man by grace alone and received by faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ. It manifests itself in repentance over sin, living and abiding trust in Jesus, and a desire to live in accordance with His commands.  The redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.

Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is God and that He permanently indwells all believers at the moment we trust in Jesus Christ for salvation.  The Holy Spirit is the source of power, guidance and conviction in the life of a believer.  As we yield to the Spirit, He fills our hearts and we become more like Christ.  But if we resist the Spirit and walk in the flesh, we reflect our old nature and invite the discipline of God as He molds and shapes us into the person He wants us to become.

Kingdom

We believe that God’s kingdom was inaugurated by Jesus' life, death and resurrection and will be fully consummated when He returns to the earth.  Until that time, believers are called to represent the sum of God’s Kingdom purposes and values for this world and look forward with great expectancy to the time when Jesus returns to make all things new and establish His restorative rule for all eternity.

 

Church

We believe that all who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit belong to the one true universal church, which finds its best expression in autonomous, local communities of believers united for the purpose of leading people to Christ, maturing them in the faith, and equipping them for personal ministry.  Two ordinances - baptism and communion - have been committed to the local church.

 

Last Things

We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth.  The dead will be raised, and all of mankind will be judged by God. Those who have rejected Jesus will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. Those who have trusted in Jesus  will receive their reward and will dwell with Him and all believers in Heaven, enjoying God's presence forever.