|Our Statement of Faith|
(1) We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
(2) We believe and understand God’s Word according to its "plain sense" (grammatical, historical, literal). Where the text uses straightforward prose we accept, with historic New Testament hermeneutics, the Truth directly written. Where the Bible employs poetic language, or implies figurative or allegorical meaning, we diligently seek to understand how the original audience would have been expected to understand the passage. At all times we believe the Holy Spirit teaches us to compare Scripture with Scripture.
(3) We believe in One God eternally existing in the three Persons of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As Creator, the Trinity spoke the universe into being in six literal days, at the beginning of Scriptural chronology. As Sustainer, the Lord of All maintains creation according to His sovereign will.
(4) We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary and is true God and true man.
(5) We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred physical death, and spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, thus being sinners in thought, word and deed.
(6) We believe that Satan exists, is a created being, has personal characteristics, has fallen, has limited evil power in this world, is overcome by the Blood of the Lamb, and is awaiting judgment.
(7) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.
(8) We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His bodily ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate.
(9) We believe in the “Blessed Hope” - the personal, premillennial and imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
(10) We believe that all who accept by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and so become children of God.
(11) We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and bear fruit which will remain.
(12) We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust - the just to everlasting bliss and the unjust to everlasting punishment.
NCEM's Executive Committee, field and ministry leaders have prepared the following documents to clarify NCEM’s definition of a number of ministry-related terms. These are especially important as we form teams, so that we can minister from a unified position. We understand that these definitions and position statements may need some adjustment in the future, but they are the result of significant Bible study, prayer, research and discussion. We hope you find these documents helpful: