What we believe at Pointe North Church about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church
We believe that everyone was created with purpose. It’s our desire to see people grow closer to Jesus, to discover that purpose as well as the love He has for them. It all starts with knowing who God is and who He has created us to be. When you are closer to Jesus, we believe you will discover His love and purpose for your life, so we are committed to leading you to the One who loves like no other… to the One who gave His life for many.
A disciple is a follower of Jesus. We believe that obedience to Christ’s commands is at the heart of being a follower. Jesus left us a command that should determine everything we do in life.
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:16-20a)
We long to be a church that is obedient to what God has called us to and we want others to experience abundant life that lies in following Jesus.
We are committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
What is the Gospel?
The gospel is the good news of God’s grace invading the darkness of this world. It is the grand narrative of creation, fall, redemption ordained by God and orchestrated through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.
Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel. His resurrection is the power of the gospel. His ascension is the glory of the gospel.
Christ’s death is a substitution and sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love and reveals His amazing grace.
Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men can be saved. At the heart of all sound doctrine is the cross of Jesus Christ and the infinite privilege that redeemed sinners have to be called the Sons and Daughters of the Most High God. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, church, and ministries to proceed from and be related to the gospel.
Our Theological Distinctives mark our convictions on areas that are debated even among Bible-believing, gospel-centered churches. Though agreement with these distinctives isn’t necessary for membership, we will preach, teach and counsel on the basis of them.
God is sovereign over all things, so much so, that there is no aspect of reality outside of His ultimate control. Though God’s rule extends to all things, it is particularly His sovereignty over the work of salvation that is a theological distinctive. We believe that it is exceedingly good and glorious news that salvation is not dependent on the desires and deeds of man, but is grounded instead in finished work of Christ on the cross.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The gifts of the Holy Spirit that we see exercised in the Scriptures have not ceased with the death of the last Apostle or the closing of the New Testament canon. They are available today and are to be eagerly desired and practiced in submission to the Spirit speaking through the Scripture.
The Complementary Roles of Men and Women
Men and women are absolutely equal in essence, dignity and value, and are different by divine design. As part of God’s good created order, men and women are to have different yet complementary roles and responsibilities in the home and church, especially as it comes to teaching and authority. These role distinctions are God’s grace to man and woman and are to be protected, preserved, and practiced for His glory and our joy.
Believer’s Baptism by Immersion
Baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian beliefs. Also, we baptize by immersion because it is not only the original significance of the Word, but also best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ.
The Relationship of God’s Glory to Man’s Joy
We believe that man’s greatest joy is found only in faithful obedience to God and that our enjoyment of Him is one of the chief means by which He is glorified.