What We Believe
North Fresno Church is a Mennonite Brethren church, affiliated with the United States Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.
Here is our Confession of Faith:
Confession of Faith - Condensed Version
Confession of Faith - Detailed Version
Confession of Faith (Condensed)
We believe in the one true God, the source of all life, who reigns over all things as
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and who lovingly cares for all creation. God the Father
planned the redemption of humanity and sent Jesus Christ the Son to be the Savior
of the world. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God, bringing good news to the poor and
triumphing over sin through His obedient life, death, and resurrection. God the Holy
Spirit empowers believers with new life, indwells them, and unites them in one body.
2. Revelation of God
We believe God has made Himself known to all people. Beginning with creation and
culminating in Jesus Christ, God has revealed Himself in the Old and New Test-
aments. All Scripture is inspired by God, and is the authoritative guide for faith
and practice. We interpret the Scripture in the church community as guided by the
3. Creation and Humanity
We believe God created the heavens and the earth, and they were good. Humans,
God’s crowning act, were created in the image of God. Sin has alienated humanity
from the Creator and creation, but God offers redemption and reconciliation through
4. Sin and Evil
We believe sin is individual and corporate opposition to God’s good purposes and
leads to physical and spiritual death.
We believe God saves all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ. By His obedient
life, sacrificial death and victorious resurrection, Christ delivers people from the
tyranny of sin and death and redeems them for eternal life in the age to come. All
creation eagerly awaits its liberation from bondage into the freedom of the glory of
6. Nature of the Church
We believe the church is the covenant community called by God through Jesus
Christ to live a life of discipleship and witness as empowered by the Holy Spirit. The
local church gathers regularly for worship, fellowship and accountability, and to
discern, develop and exercise gifts for ministry.
7. Mission of the Church
We believe the mission of the church is to make disciples of all nations by calling
people to repent, to be baptized, and to love God and neighbor by sharing the good
news and doing acts of love and compassion.
8. Christian Baptism
We believe baptism by water is a public sign that a person has repented of sin,
received forgiveness, died with Christ and has been raised to new life through the
power of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is also a public declaration of a believer’s
incorporation into the body of Christ as expressed in the local church.
9. Lord’s Supper
We believe that in obedience to Christ, the church observes the Lord’s Supper as a
remembrance of His atoning death and to celebrate forgiveness, new life, and the
fellowship and unity of all believers.
We believe Jesus calls people who have experienced the new birth to follow Him in
a costly life of service to God. The power of the Holy Spirit transforms believers from
the unrighteous pattern of the present age into a life of joyful obedience with God’s
11. Marriage, Singleness and Family
We believe that singleness and marriage are honored by God and should be
blessed by the church. God instituted marriage as a lifelong covenant between a
man and a woman for the purpose of companionship, encouragement, sexual
intimacy, and procreation. Children are a gift from God and should be nurtured by
parents in the ways of God.
12. Society and State
We believe that God instituted the state to promote justice and to maintain law and
order. Christians’ primary allegiance is to Christ’s kingdom. Believers are called to
witness against injustice, exercise social responsibility, and obey all laws that do not
conflict with the Word of God.
13. Love and Nonresistance
We believe that God in Christ reconciles people to Himself and to one another,
making peace through the cross. We seek to be agents of reconciliation, to practice
love of enemies, and to express Christ’s love by alleviating suffering, reducing strife,
and promoting justice. Because violence and warfare are contrary to the gospel of
Christ, we believe that we are called to give alternative service in times of war.
14. The Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that God is creator and giver of life, and highly values each person.
Procedures designed to take human life are wrong. We oppose all attitudes which
devalue human life, especially the defenseless lives of the unborn, disabled, poor,
aging and dying.
We believe the universe and everything in it belong to God the Creator and that we
have been entrusted by God to manage its resources. All God’s gifts, including
money, time, abilities and influence, are to be received with thanksgiving, used
responsibly, and shared generously.
16. The Lord’s Day, Work and Rest
We believe God’s act of creation provides the model for work and rest. In work, we
use our abilities to glorify God and serve others. In rest, we express thanks for
God’s provision and trust in God’s sustaining grace. In worship, we gather to
commemorate the resurrection through worship, instruction, fellowship, and service.
17. Christianity and Other Faiths
We believe God’s atoning work in Jesus is the only means of reconciling people with
God. God has not left any without a witness to the Creator’s goodness and power.
Christians treat people of other faiths with respect, but urgently proclaim Christ as
the only way of salvation.
18. Christ’s Final Triumph
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return triumphantly at the end of this age
to destroy all evil powers, condemn all who have rejected Christ to eternal
punishment, and unite believers with Christ to reign forever with God in glory
Wednesday, May 15th
We are now accepting intern applications for the Micah Project for the upcoming year. Visit the Micah Project ministry page for more information.
Monday, Jun 17th 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Vacation Bible School will be held June 17-21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each morning.