TENETS OF FAITH
The church believes that certain truths are essential to our faith, fellowship, and practice.
These Tenets of Faith are set forth below. Full assent to these Tenets is required of all
who serve as pastors, elders and leaders of True North Church.
God is the loving Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternal and completely good,
knowing all things, having all power and majesty. God exists as the Trinity, in three persons, yet one
God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God passionately desires a relationship with us and toward this end
continually invites us into a relationship of faith, friendship, learning, and service.
Genesis 1:1; John 14:6-9, 15-17 and 16:7-15;
Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 4:9-10
God expressed himself in human form through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary. He
lived a sinless life, was crucified for the sins of us all, was buried, rose again from the dead, and
ascended to heaven.
Colossians 1:13-23 and 2:8-14; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Matthew 22:36-40;
John 14:1-3; Hebrews 1:1-3; Acts 10:42-43; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit, sent from God to live inside all who believe in Jesus Christ, teaches, comforts, and
empowers us, giving each follower diverse gifts, fostering unity, interdependence, productivity, Christ-like
character, and love among Christians. The empowering of the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father, is
available for every Christian.
Acts 1:8; 2:4; Romans 5:5 and 8; 1 Corinthians 12:14; Galatians 5:16-25;
Ephesians 3:16, 4:3-4 and 5:18; John 14:26 and 16:7-14
We believe that God speaks to us in the Bible, and that it is our privilege to seek to understand God’s
message and apply it responsibly to our lives. The Bible is our standard and authority in all we say and
do. We believe that God’s unchangeable biblical message ought to be presented in relevant and
contemporary ways, free of religious jargon and understandable to the people of our community.
Matthew 5:17-19; 2 Timothy 2:15 and 3:14-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:16-21 and 3:14-18;
Psalms 19:7-11 and 119:9-16; Joshua 1:7-8; Acts 17:11
All people are created with dignity and value in the image of God, to live in a vital relationship with Him.
Unfortunately, through our sin (failing to live by God’s moral standards), we break our intended
relationship with God and experience the destructive consequences of that broken relationship; spiritually
and socially, in this life and beyond. However, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue us from those
consequences and to restore our broken relationships with God and others, through Christ’s death on the
cross, a perfect act of redemption for each of us. Salvation comes to people on the basis of God’s grace
through faith in Jesus alone. They receive the free gift of forgiveness and are spiritually reborn through
the recognition and acknowledgement of their sin and believing that Jesus Christ is Lord (God in the
flesh). Good works and a holy life, although totally unable to save anyone, are the natural products of
obedient, believing people.
1 Peter 2:24 and 3:18; Romans 3:9-28, 6:23 and 10:9-10; John 3:16 and 5:24;
Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:3-8; and James 2:14-16