Statement of Faith

Northern’s full-time faculty, administrators, and trustees have affirmed this statement as a testimony of their common commitment to Christ and to the advancement of His Church.

While students need not sign the statement, they are encouraged to give special heed to the biblical teachings that form its foundation. Our life of worship, instruction, prayer and fellowship together centers on the shared commitment to Christ.

The doctrinal basis of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary is and shall be:

The Bible is the revealed Word of God, given by the Holy Spirit through chosen authors, and so is fully inspired, authoritative, and the sufficient rule of faith and practice for the believer.

God exists eternally in three persons who are revealed in Scripture as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. While these three are one, each has special office and activity: God the Father is the source, support, and end of all things; God the Son, born of the Holy Spirit and virgin Mary, is the means of revelation and redemption by virtue of his incarnation, life, death and resurrection; God the Holy Spirit is the one who inspires people, reproves the world because of sin, regenerates and sanctifies the believer, and now represents the Son on earth.

Creation is the act of God by which the universe and all that is in it was brought into existence; the universe is preserved by natural law which is an expression of God’s will; at the same time, God’s miraculous working is not excluded from nature, as a means of making known the plan and purpose according to the pleasure of God’s will.

Humanity was made in the image of God and originally sinless. Men and women are fallen in Adam and are now by nature and choice sinners, living in revolt against God their Creator, and are unable to escape from their sinful state on their own.

God’s only way of reconciling sinful humanity is provided in the work of Christ, the incarnate Son, fully human and fully divine; in His sinless life, His sacrificial death on the cross, His resurrection, His ascension, and His present intercession, He reveals at the same time God’s grace and loving provisions for humanity. Humans are reconciled unto God only as they by faith receive salvation and follow Jesus as Lord.

The Church is that universal and spiritual body which includes all the redeemed of which Christ the Redeemer is the head; the church in the local and visible sense is a group of believers, who make a profession of faith in Christ, united under the direct, personal, undelegated lordship of Christ, voluntarily joined together for the worship of God, service to others, and for carrying out the work of the Great Commission as given by Christ.

The ordinances include Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Jesus commands us to make disciples of all nations, teaching them, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19-20). Baptism symbolizes the death of the old life and the rising of the new. Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper symbolizing His atoning death, and Himself as the Bread of Life, the one through whom we have spiritual life and vitality.

The second advent of Christ is His personal return by which the present age will be terminated. The ultimate hope of the believer is not in history but in the great eschatological event by which the present age is brought to its conclusion. The culmination of history takes place in the final judgment in which the unredeemed will suffer eternal separation from God, and the redeemed will enter into a state of eternal peace and righteousness, worshiping God.

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