What we do flows out of who we are. Who we are flows out of what we believe.
These core convictions about Christian spiritual life and growth shape the way we minister to the leaders we serve:
As a ministry of Novo, we subscribe to Novo’s statement of beliefs:
God exists and has revealed Himself to humanity. The Bible is a special expression of this revelation, and it finds its ultimate expression in the incarnation of Jesus Christ. God is spirit and eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, indivisible and of one substance.
The Bible—all the books of the Old and New Testament—is Holy Scripture, the inspired Word of God, infallible and inerrant in the original writings. It is fully authoritative and our only absolutely trustworthy guide for faith and life.
We believe that human beings were created in the image of God; Men and women sinned, incurring not only physical death but also the spiritual death that is separation from God. All human beings are born with a sinful nature.
Jesus Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, preexistent with God the Father, God of very God. He is the eternal Word become flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. He was crucified, suffered, bled, and died. He was buried and three days later rose from the grave victorious over death and the powers of darkness. He ascended to the right hand of God the Father, where he is glorified as Lord of all. He is the only mediator between God and human beings. He is the God-given atonement for the sins of the world. There is salvation in Him and Him alone.
The Holy Spirit convinces men and women of sin, effectually calls them, and is the divine agent by whom they are born into the Kingdom of God. He indwells, enlightens, and empowers believers to live in union with Christ.
Human beings are accountable for their response to the forgiveness, pardon, and reconciliation offered them in the Lord Jesus Christ. When an individual trusts in Jesus, the person is justified by God and adopted into his family. Failure to believe in him results in eternal separation from God.
God’s will for those who are disciples of Jesus is that they exhibit transformed lives evidenced by purity, holiness, and growth in Christ-like character. He desires that they each participate according to their spiritual gifts in the task of effectively sharing the gospel message of salvation with those near and far who have yet to believe in Jesus.
The Church consists of all those who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ. The primary purpose of the Church is to worship God and glorify him by building up believers and effectively reaching the world with the gospel of Christ.
Jesus Christ will one day return, raise the dead, judge all men and women, and establish his glorious Kingdom.