A Gospel-Centered

Multi-Cultural Church

Proclaiming Christ's Glory to the Nations

DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

GOD

WE BELIEVE that there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, equal in essence and glory yet distinct in function; this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things.

(Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8 and 48:16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3).

 

THE FATHER

WE BELIEVE in the person of God the Father who orders and directs all things according to his purposes and pleasure. He is infinite, eternal, holy, wise, sovereign and loving; He has created humanity to bring him glory.  Yet being transcendent, he is also actively involved in his creation. He offers an eternal relationship with all who receive forgiveness through his Son Jesus Christ 

(Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 6:9; John 3:16; 5:19-24; 1 Timothy 1:17)

THE SON

WE BELIEVE in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, eternal and born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit.  He is both fully God and fully man. His sinless life and sacrificial death on the cross satisfied the Father's justice for all who believe.  We believe in his miracles and teachings, his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, and His visible return to earth to establish His earthly kingdom.

(Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 8:58; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:3,8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8, 20:11-15).

THE HOLY SPIRIT

WE BELIEVE in the third person of Trinity, the Holy Spirit, who is not an impersonal force but a person, displaying all qualities of personhood (intellect, emotions, and will); Whom came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.  He enlightens, regenerates, sanctifies, and bears fruit in the lives of His saints 

(John 16:5-16, Acts 1:8; Romans 8:26 and 15:13,16; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 2:10; Hebrews 9:14). 

HUMANITY

WE BELIEVE that we were created in the image of God, created to enjoy an intimate relationship with God. But because of Adam and Eve's willful sin in the Garden sin entered the world.  Because of our father Adam, all people are sinners by nature and, therefore, are under condemnation and are spiritually dead; Separated from God and destined to physical death and an eternity separated from God the Father.

(Genesis 1-3; Romans 1:18-32, Romans 3:23)

SALVATION

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ died for our sins and is the only sufficient sacrifice for our sins. While salvation is available to all, it is only experienced by those who respond by faith and who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. Christ's atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only grounds of our salvation.

(John 1:12, 3:16; 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 10:10-12)

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

WE BELIEVE that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which this church operates and is the basis for which this church is governed.  Because of this, the scriptures will have a preeminent place in our church.  

(John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 4:12)

 

THE CHURCH

WE BELIEVE in the universal church, all whom have been justified by God's grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, of which Christ is the head.  The one, true and united church is manifest in local churches.  (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).

 

WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the church: (a) full immersion water baptism of believers, and (b) the Lord’s Supper.

(Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

The FUTURE

WE BELIEVE in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, which is His personal, visible, and bodily return to earth as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. After the return of Christ the final judgment will occur, and the righteous, through Christ, will experience salvation and will worship God forever in heaven. Those who do not will spend eternity separated from Him in hell.

(Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15)

MARRIAGE

WE BELIEVE that “marriage” is exclusively the union of one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:18-25) We also believe that legitimate biblical sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage.

(1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4)  

WE BELIEVE because God has ordained marriage and defined it as a covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, Faithful Bible Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman.  Further, the Pastors and staff of Faithful Bible Church shall only officiate and/or participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman.  Finally, the facilities and property of Faithful Bible Church shall only host weddings between one man and one woman.

NON-ESSENTIALS

We affirm that the doctrines of the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the bodily resurrection, the atoning work of Christ on the cross, and salvation by grace through faith make up the essential, distinctive nature of Christianity. In regards to these essential doctrines there can be no conflicting opinions of those who call themselves true followers of Christ. However, we do acknowledge that there are peripheral, or non-essential doctrines, that are important, but not critical to the follower of Christ as it relates to our salvation. Some of these doctrines include the exact timing and nature of the rapture, extent and use of certain spiritual gifts, the relationship between election and free-will in salvation, etc. While our church will be diligent to establish positions as it relates to these non-essentials we will not allow these peripheral doctrines to cause division within the church. We will accept into our body those who have differing views on the non-essential doctrines, but will not allow those of a different opinion to fracture the church. While we celebrate diversity along all lines (racial and theological), we will ultimately pursue the unity of the church.