The starting point for our North Lake faith is 1 John 4:16 (NRSV):
“So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” -1 John 4:16 (NRSV)
God loves to create and creates in order to love. God’s loving nature blesses the world and all who dwell in it. “His steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 136:1). With love for the people of his creation, God provides, guides, encourages, disciplines, forgives, redeems, and raises to new life.
The supreme expression of his love is Jesus Christ.
God “sent his only Son into the world to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). We recognize that God’s loving intervention is offered for all of our sins and for all sinners. He desires and welcomes everyone to accept his gift of love, offered in Jesus, and to live accordingly.
The Holy Spirit abides in us and enables us to abide in his love.
The same Spirit that inspired the Bible and blew life into the early church is still at work in the world. The Spirit of the Lord empowers, encourages, and counsels the followers of Jesus. At North Lake we seek to be a people who abide in God’s love, sharing a relationship with Jesus Christ, and sharing his love with others.
As a congregation in the Presbyterian Church (USA), our beliefs flow from the dynamic Christian creeds adopted in our Book of Confessions, including such classic statements as the Apostles Creed and the Westminster Confession of Faith. Although our church has been shaped by the historic faith of the Presbyterian Church, North Lake has not always aligned with decisions of the denomination. Regardless of differing convictions and interpretations of scripture, we welcome everyone to worship, to experience the fellowship of Christian community, and to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18 NRSV). We appreciate and seek to embody an old adage for the Church:
In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberality, in all things charity.
Why? Because “God is love!”