Norman Robertson Ministries is passionately focused on: Advancing the Gospel. Growing Disciples. Helping Churches Thrive.
Norman Robertson has dedicated his life and ministry to the uncompromising proclamation of God’s Word. The following truths are our core convictions we stand strong on…
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are fully inspired by God, perfect, and without any error, life-giving, and life-changing. The Bible is absolute truth, fully trustworthy and the final authority for faith and living. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and is completely relevant to our daily lives (2 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 19:7-10; Psalm 119:103-105).
There is only one living and true God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal authority, power and glory, and each is equally deserving of worship, honor and obedience as God (John 17:3; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
God the Father
God is love. He is great, He is sovereign, and He is the almighty creator, ruler and sustainer of all things. Above all, God is holy. He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging and completely worthy of our trust. God is a good God: He is merciful, compassionate, and faithful to His promises and His people (1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Psalm 11:4-7; Isaiah 6:1-3; John 3:16; 1 Timothy 1:17).
God the Son
Jesus Christ is the Son of God: the Second Person of the Trinity, God in human form, and the promised Messiah, who came to earth to reveal the Father and redeem mankind, as Savior of the world. Jesus became human, fully God and fully man, having been supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a perfect, sinless life, taught the way of God’s kingdom, and manifested many miracles of healing and deliverance as an expression of God’s great love for humanity. Jesus died on the cross as the sinner’s substitute, shedding His blood, He fully satisfied the righteous wrath of God against sin, and provided redemption to set us free. On the third day He arose physically from the dead to demonstrate His conquest of sin, death and the devil. He ascended into heaven where He is our High Priest, at God’s right hand, and now Head of His Body the Church. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man, bringing salvation to all who trust in Him alone. There is no other name by which men can be saved (John 1:1-4, 14; Romans 5:1-11; Colossians 1:12-20; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 3:16).
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who has been sent from heaven to exalt and bring glory to Jesus Christ. He convicts sinners, and through the preaching of the gospel He makes people aware of their need to repent and be saved by trusting in Christ. The Holy Spirit imparts God’s grace and new life to those who are spiritually dead. From the moment of salvation He seals, sanctifies, and indwells all believers with His abiding presence to make us more like Christ. He enables us to live a godly life that is pleasing to God. The Holy Spirit is our Helper, Comforter and Counselor leading, equipping and guiding us in all aspects of our lives. He fills, anoints, and empowers the believer with spiritual gifts for Christ-like living and service. He builds up the Church and for all ministry to be effective it must be energized by the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-8; John 14:16-18, 26; John 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:9-16).
Man was uniquely created in the image of God – and not the product of evolution – as the pinnacle of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin, endowed with freedom of choice and walked in right relationship with God. By disobedience, Adam and Eve fell from their sinless state through the temptation by Satan. This fall plunged humanity into a state of sin and brought upon the entire human race the sentence of spiritual death. All men stand guilty of Adam’s original sin, unable to come to God on their own, and have inherited a corrupt nature of rebellion towards God, which is called “sin.” From this condition we can be saved only by the grace of God, through faith, on the basis of the work of Christ and by the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Unless a person is born again by the Holy Spirit, they cannot see the kingdom of God (Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 3:1-13; Romans 5:12-19; John 3:3-8; Titus 3:4-7).
Salvation is God’s free gift of eternal life brought to us by His grace, and paid for by the Lord Jesus Christ and His substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, and is received by faith. Salvation cannot be earned or deserved through our own efforts. We can never be saved by religion, self-improvement or by our good works. Christianity is not about behavior modification. It is about inward heart transformation. Salvation means being “born-again” into the family of God. The blood of Jesus shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin and is offered to everyone in the gospel. Eternal salvation from sin, death and hell occurs when people place their trust in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as Lord and Savior (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 4:12; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 10:9-10, 13).
All people were created to exist forever, and that forever is spent in one of two places: when you die, you will either spend eternity in heaven or hell. Death seals the eternal destiny of each person and the Bible teaches that heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. There is not a single verse in Scripture that teaches purgatory, reincarnation, annihilation or soul sleep. Those who choose to die without Christ and without salvation will suffer eternal separation from God, and everlasting conscious punishment in hell. For the born-again believer, death means to be absent from the body and present with the Lord. Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers (Hebrews 9:27; Luke 16:19-31; John 3:16-18, 36).
Upon placing one’s trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, the born-again believer is made part of the Body of Christ, the one universal Church, of which Christ is the Head. The Scriptures command believers to gather together in local churches in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, fellowship, for observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; to demonstrate God’s love to people, and fulfill the Great Commission by proclaiming the gospel of Christ to all nations. The purpose of the church is to glorify God. The church is not a religious institution, denomination or building. The church is a grace-filled fellowship of believers who participate in the life and mission of Jesus Christ, and honor Him by holy living (Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 2:41-42; Hebrews 10:23-25).
Baptism. Communion. Marriage.
- Water Baptism: Following repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Water baptism is an act of obedience and an outward public proclamation that signifies the believer is buried with Christ and is risen with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:12, 35-39).
- Communion: Often called “The Lord’s Supper,” it is a memorial of Christ’s finished work on the cross and a celebration of our great salvation. The Lord’s Supper is a reminder – through the elements of bread and the grape juice – of the Savior’s broken body and the power of His shed blood. As Christians regularly partake of communion, it should always be with an attitude of faith and gratitude for our redemption in Christ (Matthew 26:26-28; I Corinthians 10:16; 1 Corinthians 11:23-31).
- Marriage: According to the Bible, marriage is defined as a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God. Although the world desires to change God’s design for marriage, and attempts to redefine it – the Bible still stands! The clear definition of marriage is the union of one man and one woman for life (Genesis 2:24-25; Matthew 19:4-6).
The Spirit World
The Bible reveals there is an unseen, spiritual realm of angels and demons. God created the holy angels to be His servants and messengers, and to carry out His will. Although they are a higher order of creation than man, angels are created to serve God and to worship Him – and are therefore not to be worshiped. Satan is a fallen angel who, as Lucifer, led one-third of the angelic host in rebellion against God. He is the father of lies, the source of sin, and author of evil who instigated the fall of man. Satan is the tempter, deceiver, destroyer and the great enemy of God and man, and demon spirits are his evil agents. They constantly wage war against God and the church, and will ultimately face eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Psalm 103:20-21; Hebrews 1:14; Matthew 4:1-11; Ephesians 6:11-12; Matthew 25:41).
The End Times and Second Coming
At a date undisclosed by the Scriptures, one of the great end time events that will shake the world – the Second Coming of Christ will occur as the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. At that moment, Jesus Christ will return to earth physically, visibly and triumphantly, in power and glory, to judge the living and the dead and to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Personal faith in Christ is the only way any person can escape the future judgment and eternal damnation in hell (Titus 2:11-13; Matthew 24:30-31, 36-39; Hebrews 9:28; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2).