Houston Northwest is a Southern Baptist Church. Among our core beliefs, we affirm the following doctrinal distinctives. If you would like to see a more detailed statement of our doctrinal positions then please check out the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 | Download our Bylaws Click Here
God is the One and Only True God, Sovereign Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God, the Holy Trinity. (Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22 | Psalm 90:2 | Matthew 28:19 | 1 Peter 1:2)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and by dying on the cross offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all who would believe in Him. On the third day He arose from the dead demonstrating His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22,23 | Isaiah 9:6 | John 1:1-15, 3:16,17 | John 14:10-30 | Hebrews 4:14,15 | 1 Corinthians 15:3,4 | Romans 1:3,4 | Acts 1:9-11 | 1 Timothy 6:14,15 | Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, conviction of sin and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer at least one spiritual gift when they are saved. By continually being filled with the Spirit Christians seek to live daily under His control. 2 Corinthians 3:17 | John 14:16,17 | John 16:7-13 | Acts 1:8 | 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16 | Ephesians 1:13 | Galatians 5:25 | Ephesians 5:18)
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for all Christian beliefs and living. God’s Word supersedes all human guidelines. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. It is inerrant (without error in its original form). (2 Timothy 3:16 | 2 Peter 1:20,21 | 2 Timothy 1:13 | Psalm 12:6 | Psalm 119:105,160 | Proverbs 30:5)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must believe in Jesus to receive it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. When we agree with God that we are separated from Him by sin and we believe (place our faith) in Jesus Christ, we are saved by grace. Only by believing that as God’s provision Jesus Christ died for us and rose from the dead can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment someone by faith believes in Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:23 | Ephesians 2:8,9 | John 1:12 | John 14:6 | Titus 3:5 | Galatians 3:26 | Romans 5:1)
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 3:23; Acts 2:41; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12)
After Jesus, our Elders and Pastors are the senior leaders of the church. Elders are the senior male leaders of the church who are also synonymously called “pastors,” “bishops,” and “overseers” throughout the New Testament. Acts 20:28 | Ephesians 4:11 | 1 Peter 5:2 Elders are men chosen for their ministry according to clear biblical requirements.
To avoid becoming overburdened and to allow sufficient time in prayer and Bible study, Senior spiritual leadership (Elders/Pastors) appoint pastoral assistants; these assistants are deacons. Acts 6:1-7 Unlike elder duties, the responsibilities of deacons are not stated in Scripture though their qualifications are. 1 Timothy 3:8-13 “Deacon” simply means “servant,” so our deacons exist to serve the body where needed.