WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the ultimate source of truth for Christian beliefs about daily living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any form of error (including scientific and historical).
(I Tim 1:13 & 3 :16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; I Cor 2:13; Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 30:5)
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities, known as the trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal and one, but separately identifiable.
(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27 & 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Jesus is the Son of God. He is equal and one with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus came to this earth as a human, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin (named Mary), and lived a sinless human life as God in a body. Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He physically rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. Jesus ascended into Heaven and will physically return again someday to reunite with those who recognize Him as their Savior.
(Matt 1:22,23; John 1:1-5,14; Heb 4:14-15; 1 Cor 15:3-4; Rom 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Tim 6:14-15; Is. 7:14; 9:6)
HUMAN BEINGS / SIN NATURE
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the most loved part of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us at some point have disobeyed God’s perfect plan. That’s called sin. Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our lives. Thankfully Jesus came to give us freedom from sin (see Salvation).
(Gen 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Rom 3:23)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, a way we can be free of sin and right with Him, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works, only by trusting in Jesus. The Bible says sin is a death penalty, but thankfully Jesus took our punishment for sin by dying on the cross. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, then we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus into his life by faith.
(Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:2; Gal 3:26; Rom 5:1, 10:9-10)
Baptism is not necessary for salvation, but is simply a choice that is made to obey Jesus’ command and to follow His example. Baptism does not mean someone’s life will be perfect, but is rather an outward expression of an inward change. We encourage all people who believe in Jesus to be baptized by their own free choice. (Matthew 3:13-17; 28;19; Acts 2:34-36; 19:1-6)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
When a person begins a relationship with Jesus, the Holy Spirit (God’s Spirit) begins to live inside the believer at the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit equips us with everything we need to live a godly life, filled with power and purpose, as an example to others of God’s truth and love. (Acts 2:1-4; 8:14-17; 10:44-46; Gal 3:14-15). In 1 Corinthians 12-14, the Bible lists many gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts include: Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Discernment, and Tongues (unknown languages) and Interpretation. Though these words may seem foreign or intimidating, these are actually all practical ways that God helps to equip us both inside and outside the church. That is why at Nickel City Church we aim to teach on these gifts in a practical and accessible way.
We believe that God still works miracles today. Whatever circumstances we face (whether we are in need of physical, emotional or relational healing, or if we are in need of any other type of healing or provision from God) He has the power to change us or our circumstances. At Nickel City Church, we are committed to praying for one another during any season of life. That is why we have our leaders available at the end of every service, and why we have a community prayer board available to make requests known to one another.
(Isaiah 53:4,5; Matt 8:16,17; James 5:14-16)
In the book of Genesis, we see that God created marriage. It is a covenant made between a man and a woman that makes them one (Genesis 2:24). The marriage covenant requires the married parties to be faithful, loving, and helpful to each other as long as they both shall live.
God’s grace meets us where we’re at, but His deep love doesn’t desire for us to stay there. Our mission at Nickel City Church is to help equip each person to take their next steps into a realer and more genuine relationship with God, and that’s because our relationship with God is what encourages our spiritual growth (the process of becoming more like Him). As we become more like God, we are more prepared for every good work He has for us (2 Tim 2:21). Our choice and passion to follow Jesus is a commitment to let go of our old lives (sinful habits and selfish desires) and work on stepping fully into all God is and all He has for us. (1 Thess 5:23; John 17:17; Gal 2:20; 2 Cor 5:27; Rom 6:6)