Man’s greatest need is to be saved. Man, in his natural state, is “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1) and cannot save himself. The Bible makes clear that “salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9). God loves humanity (John 3:16) and is not “willing that any should perish” (2 Peter 3:9), so He sent His only begotten Son, who knew no sin (2 Cor. 5:21), to make atonement for man’s sin. No one is saved simply because Jesus died. They must believe on the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:36). The means of salvation is “by grace through faith” (Eph. 2:8-9), and man has nothing of which he may boast (Eph. 2:9). All praise, honor, and glory goes to the heavenly Father when a sinner, by conviction of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8-11), receives Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Baptism is an act of obedience on the part the repentant sinner. It is not a means of salvation, but rather an open, outward declaration of one’s faith in Jesus Christ. The proper candidate for baptism is one who has already been saved (Acts 2:41; 8:35-37). Immersion is the only proper mode of baptism as it aptly portrays a burial, not a birth. Baptism is a church ordinance, not an individual ordinance (Matt. 28:18-20). Baptism identifies one a follow of Jesus Christ.
Northern Hills Baptist Church is an assembly of saved, baptized believers who are in a covenant relationship to carry out the commands of the Savior, Jesus Christ. We are an imperfect and broken people worshipping and serving the perfect Savior. We believe we exist to glorify God and to announce the good news that Christ died for sins, was buried and rose again (1 Cor. 15:1-4).
VISION AND VALUES
Northern Hills Baptist Church does not want to create our own vision or develop our own values. We want our vision and values to be the vision and values of God. His heart is for the souls of people. He values people because they are made in His image, and He desires a relationship with them. Our desire is to help as many people as possible to enter into a faith relationship with God, the heavenly Father.