Our Beliefs

Northside is a Southern Baptist Church located in the heart of Calera, Alabama. We were started back in the 1970s as a mission church of Calera Baptist to minister to those on the “north side” of Calera. From day one, Northside has existed as a place where you can come just as you are to worship God alongside fellow believers. We hold to the 2000 edition of the Baptist Faith and Message as our standard of doctrinal beliefs.

 

 

  1. THE BIBLE – We believe the Bible is God's living word to us. It was written by human authors who were under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The 66 canonical books, as they were originally written, are inspired by God; and are the truth without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1: 20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 119:150, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)    
  2. GOD – We believe there is one living and true God, the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three distinct, co-equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1,26, 27; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2)  
  3. JESUS – We believe Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory, and is coming again soon as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to redeem His bride, the church. (Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13)   
  4. THE HOLY SPIRIT – We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make man aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with the power for living, enables understanding of Biblical truth, and guides them in righteous living.  He provides every Christian with spiritual gifts for service at the moment of salvation. We seek to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)  
  5. MAN – We believe that mankind was directly created in the image of God to enjoy His fellowship and fulfill His purposes on earth. However, in Adam, all mankind fell into sin; consequently, all people are spiritually dead and subject to the certainty of both physical and spiritual death apart from faith in Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 1:18-32, 3:10-23)  
  6. SALVATION – We believe salvation is by grace through faith alone and is God's free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement; or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1)  
  7. THE CHURCH – We believe that the true church is composed of all who have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ.  We also believe members of the true Church, which is the bride of Christ, are eligible for membership in the local church. God primarily ministers on earth through the local church. Christ is the head of the church, not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe that the local church should be independent, self-governing, and free from any denominational control. (Matthew 16:18; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 10:25; Colossians 1:18)  
  8. ORDINANCES – We believe Jesus instructed His disciple to remember His death and resurrection. He gave the Church two visible symbols (called "ordinances") as reminders. These two ordinances are baptism and the Lord's Supper. While we respect all acts of spiritual obedience the Bible teaches that Baptism is to be done by immersion, following salvation, as a one-time act of obedience and identification with Jesus Christ as Lord. The Lord's Supper is an ongoing symbol remembering our Lord's death, burial, resurrection and promised return. Each individual must decide their own participation in these ordinances. Regardless, we do not regard anyone's participation in these practices as a means of salvation.  (Matthew 28:18-20, 26:26-29; I Corinthians 11:23-32, Colossians 2:12) 
  9. FAMILY/MARRIAGE – We believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, following biblical principles. We believe each person was created male or female in the image of God and rejection of one’s original biological gender is a rejection of God’s divine creation. Gender will be determined by one’s birth certificate.  We believe that God sanctions only the union in marriage of a man to a woman. Therefore, this church recognizes only a wedding compatible with those standards. (Genesis 2:19-24, Leviticus 18:22, Matthew 19:4-6, Romans 1:18-27, Ephesians 5:22-33, Hebrews 13:4)
  10. END TIMES – We believe the next great event in human history will be the personal return of Jesus Christ. This is the blessed hope for which all those who love Christ yearn. While the exact time of Christ’s return is unknown, we believe His return is both imminent and certain. (Matthew 24-25; I Thessalonians 4:13-18)