What we Believe
God loves us
God is Love
At NBUC you will hear this message almost every Sunday. This is a good place to start and a great place to come back to over and over again. We believe that God is love, that God loves us, and that Love Wins – always and forever. This includes the love of the cross that brings saving grace and forgiveness for all. That is why God created and is creating. That is why we will do our best to rise above theological differences and the reality of personalities and always come back to this basic and transforming truth – God is love.
Thy Kingdom Come
Jesus is Our Way
We believe that Jesus is the greatest expression of God that we can find, that he was both fully human and fully divine, that in his life, death and resurrection we experience the core of the Christian life and that is where we can find our greatest hope. We believe that Jesus can transform individuals and neighbourhoods and invites us to join him in that process.
We are Not Alone
Presence of the Holy Spirit
We believe in the gift of the Holy Spirit as one of the most powerful promises and realities of the Christian life. Jesus gives us His Spirit that lives in us and works through us. The Holy Spirit brings healing, confidence, strength, guidance and deep peace & assurance. As we grow in our walk with God we continue to deepen our receiving of the Holy Spirit and living into the blessing that we are not alone.
Stories, Words and Promises
The Bible Speaks Today
We believe the Bible is inspired by God and that God speaks to us through these stories, words and promises. We believe Scripture is one of the most significant ways that God speaks to us today. Daily reading of the bible brings great blessings to our lives as followers of Jesus.
Unity, Growth, and Transformation
The Church is The Hope of the World
We believe the church was God’s idea and when it is working right has the potential to be the Hope of the world. When this community of faith is working right there is a sense of unity, growth, and transformation. When this is happening we see life change and positive impact on the world around us. When we are part of a community like this a passionate and natural response is to want to be part of it.
The Great Invitation
We are All Partners
We believe each and every person has been given spiritual gifts and is invited to participate in what God is doing in the world. This is the great invitation, the great adventure and the great miracle – God working in and through us as we partner with Jesus to bring healing to this broken world by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Sacrament of Baptism
We offer baptism to all ages. We believe the gift of God's love doesn't depend on our ability to understand it, so we baptize people as infants right up through adulthood. With children, instruction is given to parents or sponsors to equip them for the child's Christian nurture. During the baptism, everyone in the congregation pledges support for the child and their parents.
The Last Supper
Sacrament of Communion
At the communion table, we acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the host and all are guests at the table. The meal uses the symbols of small pieces of bread and a taste of wine or juice to remind us of Jesus’ last supper with his followers and of God’s enduring love. We practise an open table, inviting all who seek to love Jesus to share in this family meal.