Fellowship Baptist Church

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Statement of Faith

                  

THE BIBLE:

          We believe that the whole Bible, in the original writings, is inspired of God, the only infallible, 

          authoritative Word of God, the only source of God’s plan of salvation and guide

          for the Christian life.  We believe God has preserved His Word in the English language in

          the King James or Authorized version of the Bible.

                   A.       By “The Holy Bible” we mean that collection of the sixty-six books, from  

                             Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written does not merely contain

                             and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.

                   B.       By “inspiration” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy

                             men of God, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way

                             that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from

                             error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.

 

                   II Tim.  3:16; II Peter 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; John 17:17; Ps. 19:7-11;

                   Ps. 119:160; Prov. 30:5-6; Rom. 3:4; Rev. 22:19; Ps. 119:89; Isa. 8:20; John.

                   12:48;  I Pet. 1:23; Luke 16:31; Luke 24:25-27; Luke 24:44-45; John 5:39;

                   John. 5:45-47;  Ps. 119:105; Ps. 119:130; Rom 15:4; Eph. 6:17.

 

BELIEF IN GOD:

          We believe that there is only One Living and True God; Creator of all things; an Infinite,

          Intelligent Spirit; the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly

          glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honour, confidence and love; that in the

          unity of the Godhead there are three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,

          equal in every divine perfection.

          We believe the nature of God is reflected in His attributes which describe Him as being:

          holy, Spirit, infinite, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, truth,

          love, righteous and good.

 

                   Gen. 1:1; Gen. 17:1; Ex. 20:2-3; Jer. 10:10; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; John 4:24;

                   Ps. 147:5; Rom. 11:33; Rev. 4:11; Ps. 83:18; Ps. 90:2; Ex. 15:11; Mark 12:30;

                   I Tim. 1:17;Matt. 28:19; John 10:30; John 15:26; John 17:5; Acts 5:3-4; I Cor.

                   2:10-11; I Cor. 12:4-6; II Cor. 13:14; Eph. 2:17; Phil. 2:5-6; I John 5:7; I Pet.

                   1:16; John 4:24; Ps. 145:3; Ps.90:2; Mal. 3:6; James 1:17; Jer. 23:24;

                   Gen.18:14; Luke 1:37; John 14:6; I John 4:8,16; Jn. 17:25; Mt. 6:26; 28-30.

 

          1.       God the Father

                   We believe in God the Father, who is  True Holiness, Eternal Power, Infinite       

                   Love, Perfect Justice, Absolute Truth, the Alpha and Omega, the “I Am that I Am”

 

                   Exodus 20:2-3; Lev.19:2; Rom. 1:20; 3:26; I John 4:8-9; Titus 1:2.

 

          2.       God the Son

                   We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God;      

                   His virgin birth; His sinless life; His miracles; His vicarious and atoning death through

                   His shed blood; His bodily ascension to the right hand of the Father, where He ever

                   lives to make intercession for His saints; in His pre-millennial, pre-tribulation coming

                  for His saints; and in His return to earth to reign in power and glory .                             

 

                    Matt. 1:23; John 1:1,14; John 5:18; Col. 2:9; Ps. 2:7; John 3:16; I John 4:9;

                   John 1:14; Matt. 1:18, 22-23; Heb. 4:15; I Pet. 1:19; Acts 10:38; Isa. 53:5;     

                    Rom. 5:11; Eph. 1:7; I John 1:7; Mt. 28:6; Acts 1:10-11; Heb. 7:25; I Thes.    

                   4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-9.

         

          3.       God the Holy Spirit

                    We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person; equal with and of the same

                    nature as God the Father, and God the Son; that He was active in the creation;  

                    that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil One until

                    God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of    

                    righteousness; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and   

                    testimony; that He is the Agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endures, guides,

                    teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.

 

                   John 14:16-17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; Gen. 1:1-3; II Thes. 2:7; John 16:8-11;

                   John 15:26-27; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts

                   11:16; Luke 24:49; John 16:13; John 14:26; Rom. 8:14; Rom. 8:16;

                   Eph. 1:13-14; II Thes. 2:13; I Pet. 1:2; Rom. 8:26-27.

 

                       Note:       We do not believe that the evidence of being filled with the Spirit is

                                      speaking in tongues (Acts 1:8).  We believe this gift ceased when

                                      the  New Testament was completed according to I Cor. 13:10.  

 

FALL OF MAN:

                    We believe that man was created by God in His own image as given in the

                   Genesis account; that through disobedience to God, man lost his first estate and

                   thereby became a sinner in need of a Saviour; and that since that time men are

                   born sinners, spiritually dead, alienated from God, and in need of personal

                   redemption that is in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

 

                   Gen. 1:26-27; Rom 3:1-24; Rom.5:12; Ps. 51:5; John 3:3; 3:36; 5:25; Rom.

                   3:23; Eph. 2:1;

 

BLOOD ATONEMENT FOR SIN:

                    We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; that the Lord Jesus

                   Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, shedding His blood on the

                   cross as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who repent

                   and believe in Him by faith as personal Saviour, are thereby justified on the

                   grounds of His shed blood.

 

                   Eph. 2:8-9; I Cor. 15:3; Eph. 1:7; Isa. 53:6; Acts 17:30; Acts 10:43; Acts

                   13:38-39; John 1:12; Col. 2:6; Rom. 4:4-5; Rom 5:9.

 

THE NEW BIRTH:

                    We believe that in order to be saved, all men being sinners must be born again.

                   We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of

                   the Holy  Spirit.  We believe that this new birth is instantaneous, not a process;

                   and that it is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the

                   power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.  We believe that in the new birth

                   God justifies the believer and at that moment the Holy Spirit indwells the believer

                   with power for holy living and service. 

 

                   Rom. 6:23; John 3:3; Acts 2:41; John 1:12-13;  I John 5:1; John 3:6-7;II Cor.

                   5:17; II Pet. 1:4; Eph. 2:11; Col. 2:13; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:19.

 

JUSTIFICATION:

                   We believe that justification is a judicial act of God by which He imparts to the

                   Born again believer complete pardon of sins, the gift of eternal life, and imputes

                   to the believer His own righteousness.  We believe that justification is bestowed

                   not in consideration of any works of righteousness which the believer has done,

                   but solely because of his faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

                   Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11; Zech. 13:1; Rom. 8:1; Hab. 2:4; Gal. 3:11; Rom. 4:1-8;

                   Heb. 10:38; Rom. 1:17; Rom. 5:1; Tit. 3:5-7; Rom. 5:9;

  

THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER:

                    We believe that all who are truly born again are eternally secure since they have

                   been saved by believing on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; have been sealed

                   by the Holy Spirit; and are kept by the power of God unto salvation.

 

                   I John 5:1; Acts 16:31; John 10:26-29; Rom. 10:13; Eph. 1:13; Rom. 8:13-19;

                   II Cor. 1:22; I Peter 1:3-5).

 

LOCAL CHURCHES: 

                   We believe that a properly constituted local church is a congregation of baptised

                   believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel, said

                   church being undertook to be the “pillar and ground of the truth;” observing the

                   ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights and

                   privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are Pastors and Deacons;

                   whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures; we

                   believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission: First, to

                   make individual disciples; Second, to baptise those disciples into the church;

                   Third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded.  We do not believe in the

                   reversal of this order.  We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self

                   government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or

                   organisations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the

                   Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to co-operate with each other in

                   contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that every church

                   is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its co-operation; on all

                   matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence,

                   the will of the local church is final.

 

                   Acts 2:41-41; I Tim 3:15; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; I Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:11;

                   Phil. 1:1; Acts 14:23; Acts 6:1-6; Matt. 28:19-20; Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:23-24;

                   I Pet. 5:1-4; Acts 15:22; Jude 3-4; II Cor. 8:23-24; I Cor. 16:1-2; Mal. 3:10;

                   Lev. 27:32; I Cor. 6:1-3; I Cor. 5:11-13.

 

THE ORDINANCES OF THE LOCAL CHURCH:

                    We believe that Christ, as the Head of the church, commanded two ordinances:

                   Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

 

                    1.       Baptism:

                             We believe that baptism as taught in the Scriptures, is by immersion and

                             is not necessary for salvation; that it is the privilege and duty of every child

                             of God to follow the Lord, and obey His command, by being baptised as an

                             open confession of his identification with Christ in His death, burial, and

                             resurrection.

 

                   Eph. 5:23; Matt. 28:19; I Cor. 11:2; Acts 8:38-39; John 3:23; Acts 10:47-48;

                   Rom. 6:3-5.

 

                   2.       Lord’s Supper:

                             We believe that the Lord’s Supper is to be observed by born again

                             believers, who are in fellowship with and a member of  a local church, in

                             remembrance of the Lord Jesus Christ; that its observance shows forth His

                             death till He comes, and should always be preceded by self-examination.

 

                   Acts 2:42-47; I Cor. 11:2; I Cor. 10:16; Matt. 26:26-29; I Cor. 11:18-20;

                   I Cor. 11:24-25, 28.

 

THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST:

                    We believe in the literal resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, and His

                   bodily ascension into Heaven, where He now is at the right hand of God as our

                   High Priest, Mediator, Propitiation, Intercessor, and Advocate.

 

                   Mark 16:5-7; Matt. 28:5-7; John 20:27; Luke 24:36-40; 50-51; Acts 1:9-10;

                   Heb. 8:1; 9:15; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1; Heb. 1:3.

 

THE LORD’S SECOND COMING:

                    We believe that at this present time the Lord is taking out a people for His name

                   and those who receive Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour will one day see Him

                   face to face.  We believe that Jesus rose bodily the “third day according to                     

                   the Scriptures,” and one day this same Jesus shall descend from heaven with a          

                   shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God and the dead       

                   in Christ shall rise first; then the living in Christ, which are alive and remain, shall

                   be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so

                   shall we ever be with the Lord. We believe that true born again believers must all

                   appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ; where everyone will receive rewards

                   or loss of rewards for the things done in his body, according to that he hath done,

                   whether it be good or bad.  We believe in the personal return of Christ to the

                   earth following the Great Tribulation for the purpose of setting up His kingdom

                   which is a thousand year reign.

 

                   Acts 2:39; Acts 15:14; John 1:12-13; Eph. 3:15; I Thes. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:51-

                   52; II Cor. 5:10; I Cor. 3:11-15; Rom. 14:10; I Peter 4:17-18; Acts 1:11; Zech.

                   14:4; Matt. 24:29-31; Luke 21:25-31; Rev. 20:3-6.

 

SATAN:

                    We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honours, but through

                   Pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels;

                   that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of

                   this world.  We hold him to be: man’s great tempter; the enemy of God and His

                   Christ; the accuser of the saints; the author of all false religions; the chief power

                   behind the present apostasy; the lord of the antichrist; and the author of all the

                   powers of darkness. We believe he is destined to final defeat at the hands of

                   God’s own Son; and will face the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of

                   Fire, a place prepared for him and his angels.

 

                   Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17; Rev. 12:9; Jude 6; II Pet. 2:4; Eph. 2:2; John

                   14:30; I Thes.. 3:5; Matt. 4:1-3; I Pet. 5:8; I John 3:8; Matt. 13:25, 37, 39;

                   Luke 22:3-4; Rev. 12:10; II Cor. 11:13-15; Mark 13:21-22; I John 4:3;

                   II John 7; I John 2:22; Rev. 13:13-14; II Thes.. 2:8-11; Rev. 19:11-21;

                   Rev.12:7-9; Rev. 20:1-3; Rev. 20:10; Matt. 25:41.

 

These simple statements do not exhaust the extent of our faith.  The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe.

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