Our Purpose:

Love God. Love People. Share the Good News.

NBCC’s purpose is to, in all things and at all times, love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We can express this more succinctly with the statement: Love God. Love people. Share the good news.


This is our larger purpose, an all-encompassing statement of what we exist to do. 



Our Mission

How we accomplish our larger purpose specifically is expressed in a mission statement.

Raising Christ-centered followers in Christ-centered homes.


Christ-centered is mentioned twice in this brief statement. That’s because we believe in the Christ of the Bible: the eternal Son of God who came to earth to live among us, died for the forgiveness of our sins, and was raised from the grave, defeating the power of death. We center our lives on him not only as the hope of our eternal lives, but as the guide and sustainer of our everyday lives.


Raising indicates that Christianity is not an event, but a process. In the same way an infant grows and matures throughout its life, a saving relationship with Christ is a life-long process of growing and maturing.


Followers indicates that as we place our faith in Christ to lead us to our heavenly home, we also place our faith in him to lead us in the right ways of living in our earthly home. We commit to following Christ wherever he chooses to lead us.


Homes indicates that the greatest influence on our spiritual lives takes place within our homes and among our families. What we learn and experience in churches and schools is important, but the instruction, nurturing, and encouragement we receive within our homes are what sets the course for our lives.

 

We will accomplish our mission by focusing on seven elements of spiritual formation:

1. Worshiping God intimately and passionately

Active and regular participation in the weekly worship service brings us together as the body of Christ. We participate in the Lord’s Supper, read from and are instructed in God’s Word, spend time in prayer, and in all things we praise God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, for the eternal salvation made possible by Jesus Christ.

Psalm 9:1: “I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart.”

 

2. Engaging in spiritual friendships with other believers

Small groups, meeting together for a common purpose, give every member a chance to participate in the teaching and fellowship ministry of the church. Ministry and instruction are more personal in the setting of a small group, and provide the opportunity to bring a Christian witness to all our neighborhoods.

Acts 2:44: “All the believers were together and had everything in common.”

 

3. Pursuing faith in the context of family

God has provided us the structure of family as the primary means of spiritual development. Deuteronomy 6:5 says the most important thing for every one of us is to love God with all of our heart and soul and strength, and verse 7 says the most important thing we can do as parents is to model our love of God and our obedience to his commands: “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Joshua 24:15: “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

 

4. Embracing intentional forms of spiritual growth

Every believer is responsible for their own personal spiritual growth. In addition to active and regular participation in the weekly worship service and small groups, every believer should participate in a more personal, devotional, intimate time of communion with God.

Matthew 6:6: “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

 

5. Serving others

Love is a tangible reality when it is shared with other people through acts of selfless service. The early Church lived out the idea that serving other people, both inside and outside the church, was the best means of demonstrating the love that Jesus had for them. Like Jesus, we live to serve rather than to be served.

1 Peter 4:10: “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others.”

 

6. Investing time and resources in spiritual pursuits

Because we own nothing in this life, it is best to wisely invest the resources we manage for the one who is the true owner of all things. We recognize God’s ownership of all things, and what God has given us we will share generously and invest back into his work.

James 1:17: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.”

 

7. Having faith-based conversations with outsiders

When we successfully integrate our spiritual and secular lives, talking about our faith will be a natural part of everyday conversation. Our faith is not a treasure to be hidden away but a gift to be shared.

Romans 10:14: “How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?”

 

(These 7 elements of spiritual formation are adapted from the Barna Group, as found in: David Kinnaman; Gabe Lyons. unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters (Kindle Locations 866-869). Kindle Edition.)