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Doctrine of “The Church at Northside”
The Church at Northside(“TCAN”) is a church of the Lord Jesus Christ, as described, established, and mandated by the New Testament. These Bylaws are the basis on which The Church at Northside will be governed and operated. For purposes of Texas State Law, The Church at Northside is an Unincorporated Non-Profit Organization.
STATEMENT OF AFFILIATION
The Church at Northside is self-governing, free from any external authority or control, with the right of self-government independent from any hierarchy of individuals or organizations.
The Church at Northside is responsible for its own doctrinal purity and practice, the discipline of members, appointing of officers, ordaining men into the Gospel ministry, and determining the extent and method of interchurch cooperation.
The Church at Northside will seek voluntary fellowship with other churches and organizations that are biblically sound in doctrine and practice to further God’s Kingdom.
1. The Scriptures
The Scriptures consist of the writings contained in the Bible which men wrote by the inspiration of God, and are therefore the supreme authority on all matters of faith and life. It is without error and contains the story of creation, man rebelling against God, His pursuit of reconciliation with man, instructions for us, and what is to come.
- 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Romans 15:4; Psalm 19:7-11; 1 Corinthians 10:1-11; Hebrews 2:1-4, 4:12-13; Psalm 1:2, 18:30, 119:9-11, 98, 105; 2 Peter 3:1-7; Romans 1:1-2, 2:13, 16:25-26; John 1:1, 5:38, 15:7, 17:17; Luke 24:7; Matthew 4:4, 7, 10; Joshua 1:1-9; 1 Timothy 4:5-7, 13; 2 Timothy 2:7; Revelation 1:1-3; James 1:21-27; Ephesians 5:26, 6:17; Acts 17:11; Isaiah 40:8; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Ezra 7:10; Deuteronomy 8, 11:18-28, 30:11-14, 19-20, 17:18-20; Proverbs 30:5-6; Nehemiah 8:1-12; Exodus 16;
God is the Creator through and for whom all things have its purpose- to bring glory to Him. He is the Absolute Ruler, Spirit, self-existent, holy, sovereign, eternal, infinite in wisdom and power, holiness and love. The scriptures do not attempt to prove but assume the existence of God. It calls those a fool who says there is no God.
- Psalm 102:25-28; 1 John 4:8; Romans 11:36; 1 Timothy 1:17; 2 Samuel 7:22; Isaiah 42:5, 43:10-13, 44:6, 45:5-7, 9-10, 18; Malachi 3:6; Numbers 23:19; Psalm 14:1-3
3. The Person of Christ
Jesus Christ is God the Son (part of the trinity), who has perfectly fulfilled the requirements the law became the propitiation for our sins, that through repentance and belief in the gospel we may have eternal life. He is also the head of the Church, to whom He gave the command to baptize and make disciples.
- Isaiah 53; John 1:1-5, 14, 29, 8:46; Philippians 2:5-8; Romans 4:25; Hebrews 1:1-4, 4:14-16, 7:24-28; Luke 24:46-48; 1 John 2:1-2; Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 2:13; Colossians 1:15-20; Galatians 2:20
4. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God the Spirit (part of the trinity) who draws to God for salvation, transforms believers in sanctification, empowers us supernaturally to accomplish Gods will and pleads with God the Father on our behalf. He is not an “it” but a “He” who speaks, loves, grieves, comforts, teaches, convicts, and works in many other ways to accomplish the will of God.
- John 15:26, 16:7-15, Romans 8:1-17; Acts 1:8; John 14:16-17; Acts 2:17-18/Joel 2:28-29; Acts 5:3; Romans 5:6; Ephesians 4:30; 1 John 2:27
5. The Trinity
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one God in three persons, the trinity. They are each divine and distinctly recognized.
- Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2; Matthew 3:16-17/Mark1:9-11/Luke3:21-22; John 3:16, 14:16-17, 26; Luke 1:35; Acts 5:3-4; Hebrews 1:3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Genesis 1:26-27
God created man in His own image and for His purpose and glory. Man rejected the authority of God, bringing sin into the world and thus physical and spiritual death. Those redeemed through Christ have a restored relationship with God and live again for His purpose and glory.
- Genesis 1:26-31, 2:7-9, 15-17, 3:1-21; Romans 3:9-18, 23, 5:1-21
The salvation of man is the rescue from present bondage to sin and future spiritual death brought on by the Fall of Man. It is free and on the basis of faith in the substitutionary death of Christ, and not by merit or works. It is also what sets us on the track of sanctification; we are saved by Him, then become like Him.
- Acts 2:37-42; Romans 5:1-11, 8:1-17; John 3:16-21, 36; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-9; Colossians 1:13-14, 20-23; James 4:7-8; Galatians 2:20; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 2:24; Romans 3:28; Titus 3:4-8; John 10:27-30; 2 Peter 3:9; Ezekiel 18:23, 33:11
8. The Second Coming of Christ
Jesus Christ will return to the earth one day which only the Father knows, bringing justice to those who have rejected Him, and eternal life to those who have followed Him.
- Matthew 24-25; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 10:39; James 5:7-9; 2 Peter 3:10; Jude 1:14-15; Revelation 6:16
9. The Life to Come
At the second coming of Christ there will be a bodily resurrection of the dead, and then the judgment. Followers of Jesus will be welcomed into the Kingdom. Those who have actively or inactively rejected Him will be thrown out of the Kingdom and into the lake of fire prepared for Satan and his angels.
- Matthew 25; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:11-15; Luke 16:9-31; John 3:36; 1 Corinthians 15:19, 50-58
10. The Church
The church is a group of people who have repented of their sin for which Christ died and forgave them, and who carry out the lifestyle He taught them. It is not a physical building but a spiritual body which acts as the hands and feet of Christ in recognition of His lordship.
- Acts 2:41-47; Romans 12; Ephesians 4; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Matthew 5-7; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8, 11:26, 14:21-22; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 6:1-2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:23; Colossians 1:18, 28-29; 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1
11. The Ordinances
Baptism and the Lords Supper are the two ordinances which Christ taught us to practice outside of following Him with our lifestyle:
Baptism is a representation of our spiritual death, burial, and resurrection as followers of Christ. Having died to sin we are a new creation, spiritually reborn with the Holy Spirit who leads, grows, teaches, and empowers us to now live for Gods will instead of our own.
- Romans 6; 1 Peter 3:21; Acts 2:37-42; Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:26-40, 9:18, 19:4-5, 22:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 4:5; Colossians 2:12
The Lords Supper
The Lords Supper is a reminder of Christ’s sacrifice and our unity with one another. The bread represents His body which was broken for us. The wine represents the blood which was shed for us. The sharing of the same bread and wine is a reminder of our connection with each other as members of the same body.
- 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-23; Acts 2:42, 46; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Read For Yourself
We believe strictly in what the Bible contains. As such, we are “black” where the scriptures are “black”, “white” where there are “white”, and “grey” where they are “grey”. We believe that the scriptures are clear enough to speak for itself on any given subject God felt it was necessary to be clear. We do not believe anything that would not be a natural conclusion for someone who simply reads the Bible without any preconceived notions or ideas. We also believe that we should always “err” on the side of literal interpretation. If a statement in scripture can be taken literally, chances are it is meant to be taken literally. We encourage you to read the Bible for yourself and challenge anything you feel is wrong. We will back up what we believe by scripture, as our opinions hold no value in comparison.