Fellowship Bible Church

Statement of Faith

Statement Of Faith

The Holy Scriptures

    We believe in the verbal (every word) and plenary (complete) inspiration of the Old and New Testaments; that they are the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be tried. Psalm 119:160; Romans 15:4; II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:18-19

The God Head

     1. We believe in one triune God, the Creator, Preserver and Ruler of all things, Eternally existing in three persons (Father Son and Holy Spirit) co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essance or being. Genesis 1:26; II Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 1:16-18; I John 5:7

     2. We believe in the diety of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, perfect God and perfect man; that He is God manifested in the flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary; that He lived a sinlless life on earth; that He died on Calvary's cross, shedding His blood as the only satisfactory sacrifice for sinners and payment for sin; that His body was buried in and arose from the tomb; that He ascended to Heaven and is now seated at the Father's right hand in heaven making intercession for us; and that He is coming again to establish His kingdom on earth. Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Mark 14:62, 16:19; Acts 4:10-12, 5:30-31; II Cor. 5:21; Heb. 7:25

     3. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Holy Trinity and is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son; that He convicts the world of sin, rightiousness and judgement; that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration; that He indwells all believers and seals them unto the day of redemption, and that He empowers, teaches and guides believers. John 3:5-7; John 14:16-18 and 26; John 16:7-8; Ephesians 1:13-14

    4. We believe that at the moment of salvation the believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and that the believer does not seek the Spirit's baptism as an evidence of salvation. It is the believer's responsibility to seek to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:11; John 1:33, 3:5-7; Romans 6:3-5, 8:9; Ephesians 5:18

Creation

    We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate, creative acts of God in six consecutive twenty-four hour days, without any evolutionary process. That mans spirit, soul and body was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life, and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. Genesis 1 and 2; Isaiah 45:18; John 1:3; Colossians  1:16-17

Man

     1. We believe that God created man in His own image, male and female, breathing into him the breath of life, and gave him dominion over the entirety of His creation. God formed Eve to be Adam's helper, to complement his character and be his companion for life. God joined  one man and one woman together in marriage, establishing a monogamous pattern of spiritual, emotional and physical union for all time. As the first institution ordained by God, marriage pictures the union of Christ and His Church. God specifically prohibits the sexual union between men and women outside the bond of marriage. God also forbids incest, bestiality, and same sex relations between men or women. Genesis 1:27-28, 2:18, 2:22-24; Leviticus 18:6-18 and 22, 20:15-16; Romans 1:26-27, 7:2-5; I Corinthians 5:1, 6:9-10, and 15-20; Ephesians 5:22-32; I Thess. 4:2-8

     2. We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless and happy state, and all men sinned in him, consequently all men are totally depraved, are partakers of Adam's fallen nature and are sinners by nature and by conduct. Therefore are under just condemnation without defence or excuse. Genesis 3:1-6 and 24; Romans 1:18 and 32, 3:10-19, 5:12 and 19

Salvation

    1. We believe that a person is saved when he repents of his sin and exercises faith by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior; that salvation is a gift of eternal life wholly by the grace of God apart from merit or works; and that all who believe on Him are justified (declared rightious) on the basis of His shed blood. John 3:16-18 Acts 16:31; Romans 6:23; I cor. 15:3-4; Ephesians 2:8-9; I Peter 3:9

     2. We believe that all the redeemed of Gods are kept by God's power and are thus eternally secure in Christ forever, and that once a person is saved he will always be saved. John 10:27-29; Philipians 1:6; II Timothy 1:12; John 5:13

Sanctification

    We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God accomplished in a threefold manner. First an eternal act of God based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Savior. Second a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the life. Third the final accomplishment of this process is at the Lord's return. John17:17; I Corinthians 1:30; II Corintians 3:18; Ephesians 5:25-27; I Thess. 4:3-4, 5:23-24; Hebrews 10:10-14, 13:12

The Church

     We believe that the New Testament church is to be composed of regenerated immersed believers. Voluntarily united together for the purpose of worship, edification, ordinances, fellowship and service. That the officers of the local church are pastors and elders whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures. That the mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men in the local community and to the utter most parts of the earth. That the local church has the right to self government free from the interference of any individuals or organizations religious or political. That the one and only Head is Christ through the Holy Spirit. That it is scriptural for churches of like faith and practice to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel. With each local church as the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. That on matters of membership, policy of government, discipline, benevolence, ect., the will of the local church is final. Acts 1:8, 2:41-47, 20:28-31; Romans 1:7; Colosians 1:2; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter 5:1-5

Baptism

     We believe that the biblical ordinance of baptism is by immursion, the symbol of the believer's union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. That every believer should be baptized because of the example and command of our Lord. That while there is no saving power in water baptism, it is an act of obedience and public testimony by those who are already saved. Matthew 3:13-17, 28:19-20; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5

The Lord's Supper

     We believe that the Lord's Supper is an ordinance given to the church by the Lord Jesus Christ to remember and show forth the Lord's death till He comes. That the Lord's table should be open to all regenerated people living in fellowship with and obedience to the Lord Jesus. That the elements representing the body and blood of Christ are symbolic and render in themselves no means of grace. Luke 22:14-20; I Corinthians 11:25-32

Satan

    We believe that Satan is a supernatural being, a fallen angel, the author of sin and was instrumental in the Fall. That he is the "god of this world" the "prince of the power of the air" and the open and declared enemy of God and man. That his final destiny is eternal punishment in the lake of fire. Job 1:6-9; Ezekiel 28:1-19; Matthew 4:1-11; John 8:44: II Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; Revelation 20:10

Hell

     We believe in a literal place called Hell, a place of torment, and that the Lake of Fire and Brimstone shall be the final destiny for the eternal punishment of Satan, fallen angels, demons and unbelieving mankind. Luke 16:22-26; Revelation 20:12-15

Heaven

     We believe in a literal place called Heaven where God's immediate presence is manifested, and where the redeemed and angels dwell. That it is Heaven from which Christ descended and to which after the completion of His earthly ministry He ascended bodily and there makes intercession for the saints, and from which He shall come to judge the living and the dead. John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 21

The Eternal State

     We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to everlasting life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. We believe that the souls of the unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery and torment until the second resurrection, when with spirit, soul and body they shall be cast into the lake of fire. Not to be annihilated but to suffer everlasting punishment. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are at death absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul and a new body are united to be glorified forever with the Lord. I Corinthians 15; II Corinthians 5:6-8; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20

The Second Coming Of Christ

We believe in the imminent, bodily and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air to catch away all believers unto Himself, and in the personal, visible and glorious return of Christ to the earth with believers to judge the nations and to set up His millennial kingdom on earth. Matthew 24:42-44; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:4-
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