North Side Baptist Church’s convictions are the Biblical guideposts for our ministry efforts.
North Side Baptist Church is a covenant membership and a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, South Carolina Baptist Convention, and the Lakelands Baptist Association. As a Southern Baptist Church, we share the same foundational beliefs as others in our denomination (Baptist Faith and Message, 2000) which includes the belief in the autonomy of the local church. This autonomy was true of the New Testament churches and we, as Southern Baptists, continue this belief and practice. While we share the same foundational doctrine of all Southern Baptist churches (inerrancy of Scripture, believer’s baptism, the Trinity, Jesus as the only way to salvation, etc.), one important distinctive of North Side is that we are ruled by a plurality of elders. Again, we practice this leadership because we believe this is the leadership that governed the churches in the New Testament. This plurality of elders is comprised of five staff elders and twelve lay elders. These men are the spiritual leadership of North Side Baptist Church.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God—fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. In order to remain true and faithful to God’s Word, we consistently preach through the “whole counsel of God” one book at a time.
The Church is not a place – it is a people, the bride of Christ. We are a church who believes we need each other to remain faithful to Jesus until the end. Jesus taught that our love for one another will be the first and best testimony of Him to the world. Married, single, young, old, student, child, male, female – we need each other in order to obey all that Jesus commanded.
We believe worship is about God and for God. Corporate worship is an important discipline for the gathered Church that forms and shapes our motives and affections towards God and denies the competing messages of the world. Personal (scattered) worship throughout the week leads to (gathered) unified worship when we join together.
We believe that parents are to be the main spiritual influencers in their children's lives. Our elders, staff, and ministry leaders' goal is to reinforce what is already happening in the home and to resource parents with Biblical teaching, practical application of Scripture, prayer, and mentorship as they seek to disciple their children in the truth of the gospel.
We believe that a plurality of elders is the Biblical model for church leadership. These men seek to lead, feed, care for, and equip the flock (our church family) for God’s purposes. Elders provide a healthy accountability structure for our church as we seek God’s will together.
God has graciously given to us first, so we generously give our time, money, and resources for the glory of God and the good of others. This is both an act of worship and a discipline that conditions our hearts toward “storing our treasures in heaven.”
We believe that making disciples is the primary mission of the church, We seek to do this through equipping the saints (each member) for the work of the ministry. We do this through the teaching of knowledge, service, and spiritual disciplines. elders, group leaders, and other leaders who seek to prepare our people to make disciples and do whatever work of ministry God is calling them to do. The body of Christ grows together when each member is working properly, and so we are devoted to equipping the members of our church family to serve Jesus well with the gifts they have each been given.
We aim to live on mission through engaging and evangelizing the world around us as we go about our daily routines. We make disciples in our homes, our neighborhoods, our jobs, our region, and throughout the world.d