The CN has 8 priorities that are of the utmost importance for our churches and ministers to agree upon.
The Supremacy of Jesus Christ
- Jesus Christ is the son of God – the Sovereign God manifested in bodily form. He is Supreme above all things in heaven and earth. His name is above all. He is to be worshiped. All authority belongs to Him in both Heaven and Earth.
- He is The Way, The Truth and The Life. His death and resurrection are the methods by which He offers redemption and salvation.
- He is the Savior, Redeemer, and Husband of the Church. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, eternally on the Throne of Heaven.
References: Matthew 28:18-20; John 1:1-18; Ephesians 1:20-23; Philippians 2:6-11; 1 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 1:15-23; Hebrews 1:3-13
Salvation by Grace through Faith
- We are saved by the Grace of God. Our faith, which is itself a gift from God, is the method by which the Grace of God is received and then activated when one repents of his/her sins and calls on the Name of Jesus Christ.
- Salvation is a free gift available only to those who call on the Name of Jesus Christ. Salvation is available to everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, and/or sexual orientation.
- Salvation is the redemption from darkness to light – freedom from Satan’s rightful claim to us and deliverance to become Children of God.
References: Ephesians 2:8; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9,13; 1 Corinthians 1:18
Word of Faith
- Every principle in the Word of God must be activated by faith.
- Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.
- The Word of faith, which we preach (Romans 10:8), or speaking/reading/confessing the Word of God (the Bible) produces faith in us.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
- The Church was designed to be powerful. God’s method for the supernatural empowerment of His Church is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. This is a subsequent work to salvation, and it is marked by praying in tongues that are unknown to the speaker.
- The Baptism in the Holy Spirit releases the nine supernatural gifts found in 1 Corinthians 12, thus gifting the church and its individuals with the tools necessary for miraculous outreach, city-wide impact, and the transformation of the lives of others.
Reverences: Mark 16:17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 10:46; Acts 19:6; 1 Corinthians 14:18
The Local Church
- The local church is Christ’s representation in the earth. We are created to be the sound and voice of God and heaven in the here and now. We’re to continually release the sound of praise and adoration to God and to release the Word of God through teaching, prayer, prophesying, witnessing and preaching.
- We are to equip all believers for the work of ministry through the joint efforts of the five-fold ministries.
- The local church is to be a “place of refuge” where there is a deposit of the “Shadow of the Almighty”, a place of safety and holiness.
References: Ephesians 4:11-12; Romans 12:5; Acts 2:47; Acts 12:5-11; Acts 15:22; Acts 20:28; Psalm 91
The Kingdom of God
- Believers in Jesus CHrist are called to establish the Kingdom of God in the earth through worship, prayer, witnessing, holiness, spiritual gifts, and demonstration of the Love of God, thus establishing God’s Reign in every area of life, regardless of eschatology.
- The Kingdom is the church’s first priority of action.
- The Kingdom of God is God’s method of expanding His Glory and Government (spiritual, not political) throughout the natural and spiritual realm.
References: Isaiah 54:2; Mark 16:15-18; Matthew 6:10; Matthew 6:33; Matthew 12:28; Matthew 13:33; 2 Corinthians 10:4; Psalm 22:3; 1 Corinthians 13; Romans 8:19
- Revival is experienced by God’s outpouring of His Presence at a certain time, in a certain place, on a certain people of His choosing.
- Revival is then marked by miracles, conversions, signs, wonders, a renewed hunger for God, repentance, and God’s Manifested Presence.
- We seek to become a place and people, in this time upon which God can pour out His Spirit and Manifest His Own Glory.
- Revival is God Glorifying Himself through His own people in answer to their desire for Him.
References: Acts 2:1-4, 38-47; Acts 2:17; Isaiah 64:1-3; Habakkuk 2:3-6; Acts 8:4-8; Acts 5:12-16
Restoration In order for believers to become who they are called to be, there are several principles that must be “restored” to the Body of Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is “retained/held in the heavens until the restoration of all things spoken of by the prophets” (Acts 3:21). Some examples of that which must be restored:
- The Blood of Jesus
- The Name of Jesus
- The Word of God
- The Gospel Preached to ALL nations
- Intercessory, strateginc Prayer as co-laboring in Jesus’ Present Day Ministry
- The Study and Proclamation of the Word of God
- Divine Healing
- The Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit
- Personal and Corporate Deliverance
- Personal Communion with God
- The Prophetic – Hearing the Voice of God
- The Apostolic and the Five-Fold system of Church Government
- Creative Arts in Praise and Worship
- The Manifest Presence and Glory of God to the Local Church’s Worship and Assemblies
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community’s (the “whosoever”) identity as being created by God for His own purpose and glory