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Statement of Faith

Statement Of Faith

We have these statements in pamphlet form, if you would like to have it, print it out, or to give to someone you know. If you have any questions please feel free to call our church office and one of our elders would love to go into further detail with you.

The Holy Scriptures (Bibliology)

We believe/teach that the Bible is God's written revelation to mankind, and thus the 66 books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the complete (inspired equally in all it's parts) Word of God (1Cor 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

We believe/teach that the Word of God is inspired in every word (2 Timothy 3:16), absolutely inerrant in the original documents, infallible, and God-breathed. There may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, there is but one true interpretation. The meaning of Scripture is to be found as one diligently applies the literal grammatical-historical method of interpretation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (John 7:17; 16:12-15; 1 John 2:20). It is the responsibility of believers to ascertain carefully the true intent and meaning of Scripture, recognizing that proper application is binding on all generations. Yet the truth of Scripture stands in judgment of men; never do men stand in judgment of Scripture.

We believe/teach that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice (Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35; 16:12-13; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

God (Theology Proper)

We believe/teach that there is only one living and true God (Duet 6:4; Isa 45:5-7; 1Cor 8:4), an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (Jn 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three persons. The Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mt 28:19; 2Cor 13:14) each equally deserving of worship and obedience.

God the Father (Theology)

We believe/teach that God the Father, the first person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace. He is the Creator of all things. As the only absolute and omnipotent ruler of the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Gen 1:1-31; Eph 3:9; Ps 103:19; Rom 11:33-36).

God the Son (Christology)

We believe/teach that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine excellencies, and in these He is co-equal, consubstantial, and co-eternal with the Father (Jn 10:30; 14:9). He is God incarnate (God becoming man) (Phil 2:5-8; Col 2:9), born of a virgin (Is 7:14; Mt 1:23-25; Lk 1:26-35), for the purpose of revealing God, redeeming mankind, and ruling over God's kingdom (Ps 2:7-9; Is 9:6; Jn 1:29; Phil 2:9-11; Heb 7:25-26; 1Pet 1:18-19).

We believe/teach that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross and that His death was voluntary, substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive (Jn 10:15; Rom 3:24-25; 1Pet 2:24).

We believe/teach that on the basis of the efficiency of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the believing sinner is freed from the punishment, the penalty, the power, and one day the very presence of sin; and that he is declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the family of God (Rom 3:25; 5:8-9; 2Cor 5:14-15; 1Pet 2:24; 3:18).

We believe/teach that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead and that He is now ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He now mediates as our High Priest (Mt 28:6; Lk 24:38-39; Act 2:30-31; Rom 4:25; 8:34; Heb 7:24; 9:24; 1Jn 2:1).

God the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology)

We believe/teach that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, eternal, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity, including intellect (1Cor 2:10-13), emotion (Eph 4:30), will (1Cor 12:11), eternality (Heb 9:14), omnipresence (Ps 139:7-10), omniscience (Is 40:13-14), omnipotence (Rom 15:13), and truthfulness (Jn 16:13). In all the divine attributes He is co-equal, consubstantial, and co-eternal with the Father and the Son (Mt 28:19; Act 5:3-4; 28:25-26; 1Cor 12:4-6; 2Cor 13:14; and Jer 31:31-34 with Heb 10:15-17).

We believe/teach that the work of the Holy Spirit, in the church age began at Pentecost when He came from the Father as promised by Christ (Jn 14:16-17; 15:26) to initiate and complete the building of the Body of Christ, which is His church (1Cor 12:13). The broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ, and transforming believers into the expressed image of Christ (Jn 16:7-9; Act 1:5; 2:4; Rom 8:29; 2Cor 3:18; Eph 2:22).

Concerning Life (Creationism)

We believe/teach that we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (Jn 1:3; Col 1:16). Therefore, He also owns, rules, and sustains everything (Ps 103:19).

Literal Six Day Creation:
We believe/teach that God created the universe, the earth, the sun, moon and stars, plants and animals, and the first two people within six ordinary (24-hour) days. The days in Genesis do not correspond to geologic ages, but are six [6] consecutive twenty-four [24] hour days of creation (Gen 1; Gen 14:19-22; 2Kin 19:15; 2Chron 2:12; Ps 115:15, 121:2, 124:8, 134:3, 146:6; Jer 23:24; Isa 37:16; Lk 1:37).

Creation and Science:
We believe/teach that the account of origins presented in Genesis is a simple but factual presentation of actual events, and therefore provides a reliable framework for scientific research into the question of the origin and history of life, mankind, the earth and the universe. The various original life forms (kinds), including mankind, were made by direct creative acts of God. The living descendants of any of the original kinds (apart from man) may represent more than one species today, reflecting the genetic potential within the original kind. Only limited biological changes (including mutational deterioration) have occurred naturally within each kind since creation, therefore we reject the Theory of Evolution.

Concerning Mankind (Anthropology)

We believe/teach that man was directly and immediately created by God in His image and likeness. Man was created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self-determination, and moral responsibility to God (Gen 2:7; Jam 3:9).

We believe/teach that God's intention in the creation of man was that man should glorify God, enjoy God's fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by this accomplish God's purpose for man in the world (Is. 43:7; Col. 1:16; Rev. 4:11).

We believe/teach that in Adam's sin of disobedience to the revealed will and Word of God, man lost his innocence; incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death; became subject to the wrath of God; and became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. With no recuperative powers to enable him to recover himself, man is hopelessly lost. Man's salvation is thereby wholly of God's grace alone, through faith alone, in the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ alone (Gen 2:16, 17; 3:1-19; Jn 3:36; Rom 3:23; 6:23; 1Cor 2:14; Eph 2:1-3; 1 Tim 2:13, 14; 1Jn 1:8).

We believe/teach that because all men were in Adam, a nature corrupted by Adam's sin has been transmitted to all men of all ages, Jesus Christ being the only exception. All men are thus sinners by nature, by choice, and by divine declaration (Ps 14:1-3; Jer 17:9; Rom 3:9-18, 23; 5:10-12).

Concerning Salvation (Soteriology)

We believe/teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works (Jn 1:12; Eph 1:4-7; 2:8-10; 1Pet 1:18,19).

Election:
We believe/teach that divine election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates, saves and sanctifies (Rom 8:28-30; Eph 1:4-11; 2Thess 2:13; 2 Tim 2:10; 1Pet 1:1,2). Divine election is not related to any initiative on a person's part nor to God's anticipation of what they might do by their own will, but it is solely of His sovereign grace and mercy (Eph 1:4-7; Tit 3:4-7; 1Pet 1:2).

We believe/teach that divine election does not contradict or negate the responsibility of man to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Ezek 18:23, 32;33:11; Jn 3:18, 19, 36; 5:40; 2Thess 2:10-12; Rev 22:17). It is the immediate duty of all to accept Christ in repentant faith; and we believe/teach that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel, whose rejection involves him in eternal condemnation. All whom the Father calls to Himself will come in faith, and all who come in faith the Father will receive (Jn 6:37-40,44; Act 13:48; Jam 4:8).

Regeneration
We believe/teach that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given, which enables the sinner to come to Christ (Jn 3:36; Tit 3:5). All who are regenerated will come to saving faith in Christ. This is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God (Jn 5:24), when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation. Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works will be its proper evidence and fruit (1Cor 6:19, 20; Eph 5:17-21; Phil 2:12b; Col 3:12-17; 2Pet 1:4-11).

Justification:
We believe/teach that justification before God is an act of God (Rom 8:30,33) by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Lk 13:3; Act 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Rom 2:4; 2Cor 7:10; Is 55:6,7) and confess Him as sovereign Lord (Rom 10:9,10; 1Cor. 12:3; 2Cor 4:5; Phil. 2:11). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man (Rom 3:20; 4:6) and involves the placing of our sins on Christ (Col 2:14; 1Pet 2:24) and the imputation of Christ's righteousness to us (1Cor 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2Cor. 5:21). By this means, God is enabled to "be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus" (Rom 3:26).

Sanctification:
We believe/teach that every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification, and is therefore declared to be holy and identified as a saint. This sanctification is positional and instantaneous, and should not be confused with progressive sanctification. This sanctification has to do with the believer's standing, not his present walk or condition (Act 20:32; 1Cor 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2Thess 2:13; Heb 2:11; 3:1; 10:10, 14; 13:12; 1Pet 1:2).

We believe/teach that there is also, by the work of the Holy Spirit, a progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is brought closer to the likeness of Christ through obedience to the Word of God, and the empowering of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ (Jn 17:17, 19; Rom 6:1-22; 2Cor 3:18; 1Thess 4:3,4; 5:23).

Eternal Security:
We believe/teach that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power, and are thus secure in Christ forever (Jn 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-40; Rom 5:9,10; 8:1, 31- 39 1Cor 1:4-9; Eph 4:30; Heb 7:25; 13:5; 1Pet 1:4,5; Jude 24).

We believe/teach that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word. This however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an excuse for sinful living and carnality (Rom. 6:15-22; 13:13,14). True believers will persevere and endure until we are called Home.

Separation:
We believe/teach that separation from sin is demanded in Scripture, and that God in His holy Word has clearly indicated that in the last days apostasy and worldliness will increase (2Cor 6:14-7:1; 2Tim 3:1-5).

We believe/teach that since God has granted us undeserved grace, and because our glorious God is so worthy of our total consecration, all the saved should live in such a manner as to demonstrate our overflowing love toward God and never bring reproach upon our Lord and Savior. In keeping with this mindset, we also teach that a separation from all the religious apostasy and all worldly sinful practices is commanded of us by our God (Rom 12:1-2, 12:11-14; 1Jn 3:1-10).

We believe/teach that believers should be separated unto our Lord Jesus Christ (2Thess 1:11-12; Heb 12:1-2) and affirm that the Christian life is marked by obedient righteousness that reflects the teaching of the Beatitudes (Mt 5:1-12) and a continual pursuit for holiness (Rom 12:1-2; 2Cor 7:1; Heb 12:14; Titus 2:11-14; 1Jn 3:1-10).

Concerning The Church (Ecclesiology)

We believe/teach that all that place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body, the church universal (1Cor 12:12,13), the bride of Christ (2Cor 11:2; Eph 5:23-32; Rev 19:7,8), of which Christ is the head (Eph 1:22; 4:15; Col. 1:18; Gal. 5:13,16,17, 25, 26; Titus 2:11-14).

We believe/teach that the formation of the church began on the day of Pentecost (Act 2:1-21, 38-47) and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own (1Cor 15:51,52; 1Thess 4:13-18).

We believe/teach that two ordinances have been committed to the local church: baptism and the Lord's Supper (Act 2:38-42). Christian baptism by immersion (Act 8:36-39) is the solemn and beautiful testimony of a believer. Baptism shows forth his faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and expresses his union with Christ in death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is also a sign of fellowship and identification with the visible body of Christ (Act 2:41, 42).

We believe/teach that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration, remembrance, and proclamation of His death until He comes, and should always precede solemn self-examination (1Cor 11:23-32). We also believe/teach that whereas the elements of communion are only representative of the flesh and blood of Christ (1Cor 10:16).

We believe/teach that the biblical model of leadership in the local church is a plurality of elders. Therefore this church follows that example and is governed by a board of elders, also referred to as pastors. This board will consist of men whom God has raised up for this purpose. The office of elder is reserved for those who meet the qualifications as outlined in 1 Tim 3 and Titus 1 (see Article V Section 1 of FCC Church Constitution).

Concerning Marriage

In Genesis 2:18-24 the first institution established and approved by God was the union of male and female in marriage. In the New Testament, the marriage relationship is addressed in Ephesians 5:22-33 and 1 Peter 3:1-7 with respect to the responsibilities of the husband to his wife, and the wife to her husband. On the basis of the Scriptural evidence, this church defines "marriage" as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment. A civil government's sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by this church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of "marriage" found in these Articles.

Concerning Human Sexuality

This church affirms and teaches that human sexuality is a gift from God to be exercised solely within the marriage relationship, which is defined in Scripture as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman together in holy matrimony. Hence, this church affirms and teaches that any and all sexual activities outside of marriage, including but not limited to, adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, bestiality, pedophilia, lascivious conduct, transgender behavior, and the creation and/or distribution and/or viewing of pornography, are totally and unconditionally incompatible with the witness of Scripture (Gen 2:18-24; Ex 20:14; Matt 5:27-28; Rom 1:26-27; 13:13; 1Cor 6:9; Heb 13:4).

Concerning the Last Things (Eschatology)

Physical Death:
We believe/teach that physical death involves no loss of our immaterial consciousness (Rev 6:9-11; Matt 10:28), that the souls of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ (Lk 23:43; Phil 1:23; 2Cor 5:8), that there is a separation of soul and body (Phil 1:21-24), and that, for the redeemed, such a separation will continue until the first resurrection (1Thess 4:13-17), which initiates the first resurrection (Rev 20:4-6), when our soul and body will be reunited to be glorified forever with our Lord (Phil 3:21; 1Cor 15:35-44, 50-54). Until that time, the souls of the redeemed in Christ remain in joyful fellowship with Him (2Cor 5:8).

We believe/teach that there will be a bodily resurrection of all mankind; the saved to eternal life (Jn 6:39; Rom 8:10-11, 19-23; 2Cor 4:14), and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Dan 12:2; Jn 5:29; Rev 20:13-15).

Return of Christ:
We believe/teach in the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ to remove His church from this earth (Jn 14:1-3; 1Cor 15:51-53; 1Thess 4:15-5:11).

The Tribulation Period:
We believe/teach that God will remove His church prior to His righteous judgments being poured out upon an unbelieving world (Jer 30:7; Dan 9:27; 12:1-2; 2Thess 2:7-12; Rev 16), and that these judgments will be climaxed by the return of Christ in glory to the earth (Matt 24:27-31; 25:31-46; 2Thess 2:7-12).

Millennial Reign of Christ:
We believe/teach that after the tribulation period, Christ will come to earth in order to occupy the throne of David (Matt 25:31; Lk 1:31-33; Act 1:10-11; 2:19-30) and establish His messianic kingdom for 1,000 years on the earth (Rev 20:1-7). During this time the resurrected saints will reign with Him over Israel and all the nations of the earth (Eze 37:21-28; Dan 7:17-22; Rev 19:11-16). This reign will be preceded by the overthrow of the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and by the removal of Satan from the world and placed into the Abyss (Dan 7:17-27; Rev 20:1-7).

We believe/teach that this time of our Lord's reign will be characterized by harmony, justice, peace, righteousness, and long life (Isa 11; 65:17-25; Eze 36:33-38), and will be brought to an end with the release of Satan from the Abyss (Rev 20:7).

The Judgment of the Lost:
We believe/teach that following the release of Satan after the 1,000 year reign of Christ (Rev 20:7), Satan will deceive the nations of the earth and gather them to battle against the saints and the beloved city, at which time Satan and his army will be devoured by fire from heaven (Rev 20:9). Following this, Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone (Matt 25:41; Rev 20:10), whereupon Christ, who is the Judge of all mankind (Jn 5:22), will resurrect and judge the great and small at the Great White Throne Judgment.

We believe/teach that this resurrection of the unsaved dead to judgment will be a physical resurrection, whereupon receiving their judgment (Rom 14:10-13), they will be committed to an eternal conscious punishment in the lake of fire (Matt 25:41; Rev 20:11-15).

Eternity:
We believe/teach that after the closing of Christ's millennial reign, the temporary release of Satan, and the judgment of unbelievers (2Thess 1:9; Rev 20:7-15), the saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God, after which the elements of this earth are to be dissolved (2Pet 3:10) and replaced with a new earth, wherein only righteousness dwells (Eph 5:5; Rev 20:15; 21:1-27; 22:1-21). Following this, the heavenly city will come down out of heaven (Rev 21:2) and will be the dwelling place of the saints, where they will enjoy forever fellowship with God and one another (Jn 17:3; Rev 21-22). Our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will then deliver up the kingdom to God the Father (1Cor 15:24-28), that in all spheres the triune God may reign forever and ever (1Cor 15:28).

We have these statements in pamphlet form, if you would like to have it, print it out, or to give to someone you know. If you have any questions please feel free to call our church office and one of our elders would love to go into further detail with you.