What We Believe

STATEMENT OF FAITH

We believe the Bible, as contained in the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired and infallible Word of God, being given by the Holy Spirit of God to Holy Men of old. It is, therefore, the only and final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His humanity, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His works of miracles, in His vicarious and redeeming death, in His cleansing blood shed on Calvary, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of God the Father, in His Lordship, and His personal and visible return in power and glory.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son: who by means of the Word of God, is the Author of the new birth, the comforter, and the sanctifier; and He indwells the believer.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he fell into sin, and thereby incurred, not physical death only, but spiritual death which is separation from God; that all human beings, in consequence of the Fall, are born with a sinful nature.

We believe in the necessity of the new birth by the Holy Spirit in order that man may have peace with God, and this new birth cannot be received by being born in a Christian home or by association with believers but by personally accepting Christ as Savior. The evidence of this new birth should be manifested by a daily walk in the Spirit.

We believe in the resurrection of the body, both of the just and the unjust, the eternal blessedness of the redeemed in Christ, and the eternal torment of those who have rejected the offer of Salvation.

We believe the commission of Christ to be witnesses of His life, death, resurrection, and eternal life through His name is the task of every born again Christian.

THE WAY WE WORSHIP AND WHY AT NDI

WHY DO WE WORSHIP GOD?
"Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve."
(Matthew 4:10; Psalm 95:6; Revelation 15:4)

HOW SHOULD WE WORSHIP GOD?
"...God is a spirit, and they that worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and truth."
(John 4:23-24; Psalm 96:9)

WHY DO WE STAND TO SING?
"And the Levites...of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high"
(II Chronicles 20:19)

WHY DO WE CLAP OUR HANDS?
"O Clap your hands all ye people; shout unto God with a voice o f triumph."
(Psalm 47:1)

WHY DO WE LIFT OUR HANDS?
"Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord."
(Psalm 134:2; 63:4; I Timothy 2:8)

WHY DO WE HAVE AUDIBLE PRAISE UNTO GOD?
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name."
(Psalm 103:1; Revelation 19:1-6).

WHY ARE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS A PART OF THE WORSHIP SERVICE?
"Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet...with the psaltry and harp...with the timbrel and dance...with stringed instruments and organs...upon the loud cymbals."
(Psalm 150:3-5; Revelation 14:2)

WHY DO WE SING CHORUSES AS WELL AS HYMNS?
"And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord"
(Ephesians 5:18-19)

WHY DO WE PRAY WITH LAYING ON OF HANDS AND ANOINTING WITH OIL?
"They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:18) "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."
(James 5:14)

WHAT IS MEANT WHEN ONE SINGS OR PRAYS IN "TONGUES"?
"...l will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also; I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also."
(I Corinthians 14:15)

WHY DO WE PROPHESY?
"But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort." (I Corinthians 1:1;14:3).

WHY DOES THE CHURCH PRAY AT ONCE FOR SPECIFIC NEEDS?
"And when I heard that, they lifted up their voice with one accord, and said, Lord, Thou art God, which hast made heaven and earth..."
(Acts 4:24)

WHY DO WE RECEIVE TITHES AND OFFERINGS?
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith saith the Lord of Hosts if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it"
(Malachi 3:10)