God is defined as one living and true God. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence of being.
God reigns in providential care of the universe and He is a personal Father to those who become children through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the eternal Son of God who became incarnate, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He honored God and man through a sinless life and His sacrificial life and death provides for the opportune redemption of mankind from sin’s penalty.
As Spirit, God exalts Christ and convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. The Spirit indwells every believer at the moment of salvation, and enlightens and empowers the surrendered believer.
God created man in the image of God, as God’s crowning act of creation. Man chose to sin and introduced sin’s consequences to mankind and creation at large. The value of mankind is reflected in the distinctness of containing God’s own image and is confirmed in the illustration of God’s extreme expression of sinless sacrifice through the person of Jesus Christ; therefore, every created human being possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christlike love.
The church is both local and universal. A local church is made up of baptized believers who worship and fellowship for the purpose of serving Christ in co-mission. The universal church is composed of all the redeemed of all the ages.
God’s grace is the catalyst for salvation. God’s grace initiates the conviction of sin and enables the believer to establish and maintain the relationship with God through Christ until the return of Christ.
Salvation redeems the entire human being, and is offered freely to any who accept Jesus Christ as Savior. The sacrifice of Jesus secures the opportunity of salvation.
Scripture was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man. It has God for its author; salvation for its end and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.
SEXUALITY We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen. 1:26-27)
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Ps. 139.)
BAPTISM & LORD'S SUPPER
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are recognized as the two ordinances of the local church. Believer’s Baptism symbolizes the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior and also testifies of the believer’s death to sin and resurrection to new life in Christ that salvation has brought.
The Lord’s Supper memorializes the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and celebrates the surety of his Second Coming.
Cooperation for unity of purpose within diversity of practice is a Southern Baptist distinctive. Every ministry of the local church seeks to complement our shared mission and to honor the church at large.
The family is ordained by God. Marriage is the covenant commitment of one man and one woman for a lifetime. Husbands and wives are equal, created in God’s image. The marital relationship should reflect the biblical model of God’s relationship with His people. As children are conceived they are to be considered a blessing and heritage from the Lord.
Stewardship is acknowledging that all is created by God and belongs to God and that we are indebted to manage all we have been given for God’s honor and glory.
EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS
Evangelism and Missions are the heartbeat of our co-mission with Christ. North Phoenix seeks to challenge people to discover and live a Christ-centered life.