Statement of Faith
- THE SCRIPTURES
- We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written is verbally and plenarily inspired and the product of Spirit-moved men, and therefore is truth without any admixture of error for its entire matter. We believe the Bible to be the center of true Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be tried.
- We use only the King James Translation of the Scriptures in all official ministries of the church. This includes the Pulpit, Sunday School, 2:52 Clubs, Youth Work, Children’s Church and Vacation Bible School as well as any other official church sanctioned ministry.
- (II Timothy 3:15-17; John 6:63; II Peter 1:19-21; Romans 2:12; I John 4:1)
- THE TRUE GOD
- We believe there is one and only one living and true God, as infinite, sovereign Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
- (John 4:24; Exodus 20:2,3; I Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11; John 10:30; Ephesians 2:18; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:30)
- JESUS CHRIST
- We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God, and God the Son.
- (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; Hebrews 1:8)
- HOLY SPIRIT
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; 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; 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, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
- (John 14:16,17; Matthew28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5,6; Ephesians 1:13; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14,16,26,27; Romans 15:19; Hebrews 2:4; I Corinthians 13:8)
- THE DEVIL OR SATAN
- We believe in the personality of Satan, a created and fallen angel; that he is the unholy god of this age, and the ruler of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.
- (Matthew 4:11; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10; Isaiah 14:12-16)
- We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but the literal, historical account of the direct, immediate, creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; that man, 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 & 2; Colossians 1:16,17; John 1:3)
- THE FALL OF MAN
- 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, in consequence of which all men are totally depraved, are partakers of Adam’s fallen nature, and are sinners by nature and conduct; and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
- (Genesis 3:1-6,24; Romans 3:10-19; 5:12,19; 1:18,32)
- THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN
- We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God who, by the appointment of God the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting and example by His death, as a Martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord, bearing our sin in His own body on the tree.
- (Genesis 3:15; John 3:16; Jonah 2:9; Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24,25; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7,8; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53; I John 4;10; I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21)
- RESURRECTION AND PRIESTHOOD
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ and in His ascension into Heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest.
- (Matthew 28:6,7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17; 5:9,10; 7:21)
- SALVATION BY GRACE
- We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Jesus Christ; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about by our sovereign God in a manner above comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; that it is motivated and received by the gracious unwarranted love of God, and that its proper evidence appears in the Holy fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life.
- (John 3:3,6-8; II Corinthians 5:17-21; I John 5:1; Acts 16:30:33; II Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1,5,8,9; Colossians 2:13)
- We believe that justification is the judicial act of God whereby He declares us to be righteous through faith in Christ Jesus; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the imputation of God’s righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have don, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s finished work upon the Cross.
- (Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah 13:1,11; II Corinthians 5:18-21; Romans 5:1,9; 8:1)
- We believe that human repentance is a change of mind and purpose towards God prompted by the Holy Spirit; that it is characterized by Godly sorrow for sin as offensive to God and ruinous to the soul; and that true repentance is inseparably related to true faith.
- (Luke 13:1-3; 15:7; Acts 8:22; Romans 2:4; II Corinthians 7:10; Acts 20:21)
- FAITH AND SALVATION
- We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work upon the Cross is the only condition of salvation.
- (Acts 16:31)
- 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 Christ as 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 the process at the Lord’s return.
- (Hebrews 10:10-14; 3:1; John 17:17; II Corinthians 3:18; I Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 5:25,26; I Thessalonians 4:3,4; 5:23; Ephesians 5:27; I John 3:2; Jude 24,25; Revelation 22:11)
- We believe that adoption is the gracious act whereby the Father, for the sake of Christ, places new believers into the honored position of mature sons. This contrasts with regeneration whereby the believer receives the nature of God and becomes a child of God. The full benefit of the position accorded by adoption as the sons of God awaits the glorification of the believer at the coming of the Lord.
- (Ephesians 1:5,13; Galatians 4:1-7; I John 3:1,2; Romans 8:23)
- THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
- We believe that all who are truly born again are kept or preserved by God the Father for Jesus Christ.
- (Philippians 1:6; John 10:28,29; Romans 8:35,39; Jude 1; I Peter 1:5)
- THE CHURCH
- We believe in the unity of all true believers in the Church, which is the Body of Christ, which was established on the Day of Pentecost, and that all believers, from Pentecost to the Rapture, both Jew and Gentile, are added to this Church by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We believe that this Church is manifested through the local church which is a congregation of immersed believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; and 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 the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; and that on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
- (Ephesians 1:22,23; 3:1-6; 4:11; 5:23,24; I Corinthians 11:2; 12:12,13; Acts 2:41,42; 11:15; 15:13-18; 20:17-18; I Timothy 3:1-7; Colossians 1:18)
- BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
- We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, under the authority of the local church, to show forth a solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, through Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life; and that baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of local church membership. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is observed in remembrance of the sacrificial death of Christ and should be always preceded by solemn self-examination.
- (Acts 8:36,38,39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12; I Corinthians 11:23-38; Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 2:41,42)
- We believe in obedience to the Biblical commands to separate entirely from worldliness and ecclesiastical apostasy and compromise unto God.
- (II Corinthians 6:14-7:1; I Thessalonians 1:9,10; I Timothy 6:3-5; Romans 16:17; II John 9-11)
- CIVIL GOVERNMENT
- We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests of good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and the coming King of kings.
- (Romans 13:1-7; II Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21,22; Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; 4:19,20; Daniel 3:17,18; I Peter 3:13-14,17)
- THE RAPTURE AND SUBSEQUENT EVENTS
- We believe in the imminent premillennial return of Christ for His Church, and that at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the seventieth week of Daniel. We believe that the Great Tribulation, which follows the Rapture of the Church, will be culminated by the revelation of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish the millennial reign.
- (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-54; Philippians 3:20; Revelation 3:10; Daniel 9:25-27; Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6,7; 11:1-9; Acts 2:29,30; Revelation 20:1-4,6)
- THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
- We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our god are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the lake of fire.
- (Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; I John 5:19; Romans 6:17, 18, 23; 7:6; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matthew 25:34-41; John 8:21; Revelation 20:14,15)
We all like to receive good news. For instance, if someone were to offer you a million dollars, that would be good news, right? Friend, the Bible shares with us the best news anyone could ever hope for. In 1 Corinthians 15:51, Paul states, “I declare unto you the Gospel…Christ died for our sins!”
We all have a problem, and that problem is called sin. Every human (besides Christ) has broken God’s Law.
- Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
- Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon the earth, that doeth good and sinneth not.
Because we have sinned, and because God is a perfect Judge, we deserve God’s righteous judgment for our sin.
- Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death…
- Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving,…and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Though we each deserve God’s judgment, Christ came to earth, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross in our place, taking God’s judgment for our sins. Christ is the only way to meet God’s standard for heaven and forgiveness of sins.
- John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
- 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God…
- Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
- 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
- Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Friend, just as you would call out and depend on someone to save you from drowning, you must turn from your sin in dependence on Christ as your only hope of salvation.
- Mark 1:15b …repent ye, and believe the Gospel.
- Romans 10:9b-10 …if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
If you have received Christ just now as your personal Savior, or if you still have questions about what you read, please let us know! We would love to be a help in any way that we can.
Fellowship Baptist Church believes that the canon of Scripture containing the sixty-six books of the Bible is the Word of God, and we accept by faith the presupposition that the Bible is true. We believe that God has preserved it (Matt. 5:18; Mark 13:31; Lk. 21:33), that it is complete (Deut. 4:2; Rev. 22:18-19), and has authority over all areas of life and doctrine (Deut. 29:29; Jn. 10:35; Heb. 4:12).
We believe that the Bible has ultimate authority because it always tells the truth (inerrant) (Deut. 32:4; Tit. 1:2), and furthermore, because of the character of God, the Bible cannot contain anything false (infallible) (Prov. 30:5; Jn. 10:35). The Bible has the power to change lives (Heb. 4:12) and the authority to demand holy conduct from every Christian (Lev. 19:1-2).
Fellowship Baptist Church believes that the Bible was preserved by God and that, while the original autographs no longer exist, the Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and the Received Text of the New Testament are the most consistent and accurate representation of the originals.
Furthermore, we believe that the King James Version is the most accurate English translation because of the precision, clarity, and literary quality in its use of the original texts in seeking word-for-word translation instead of the popular modern use of paraphrase in many versions. We use the KJV alone in our preaching and ministry.
Fellowship Baptist Church believes that God’s plan for every Christian is that he lives the Christ-life on a consistent basis, is separated from the world and separated unto Christ in his personal lifestyle choices, and is evangelistic in his realm of influence, all under the enabling guidance of the Holy Spirit. This is God’s definition of the normal Christian life.
Sadly, most Christians do not live this “normal” life to which God has called them. Every believer, many times throughout his life, is in need of personal revival. We believe that revival is the renewing of the spiritual life that was displaced by the deadening effects of sin (Ps. 66:18; Rom. 6). The believer must confess all known sin to God, take the forgiveness and cleansing offered in 1 John 1:9, and submit again to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in his own personal walk with the Lord (Is. 57:15; Rom. 12:1-2). Only when this occurs can personal revival take place. The effects of personal revival will include conscious submission to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in every area of life (Rom. 8:1-2), consistent joy (Ps. 85:6), a renewed prayer life (Mk. 11:24; Rom. 8:26; 1 Thess. 5:17), and a keen awareness of the need to give the Gospel to the unsaved (Matt. 28:18-20; Jn. 4:35).
Fellowship Baptist Church believes that corporate revival is possible today. We do not believe that it is a spontaneous act of God, but rather that it is God’s action in response to a group of believers who come together in personal revival to seek for the general outpouring of the Holy Spirit on a specific place (Matt. 18:19-20). Revival comes when, as a whole, a group humbles themselves before the Lord, confessing unbelief, and claiming the promises of God through prayer (2 Chron. 7:14; Hab. 3:2). True revival is not always in the miraculous manifestations, for that can often be imitated humanly. True revival is God’s work, God’s way, in God’s people, that results in clear answers to prayer, brings about Satan’s opposition (Acts 4:29), and then clearly showcases God’s victory over Satan in the lives of individuals and churches (Is. 64:1-9; Col. 2:15).
Fellowship Baptist Church believes that music is moral, and can be used to glorify God or gratify the flesh. Because God is holy, music must meet God’s standard of holiness in order to please Him (Is. 6:3). The primary purpose for which God created music is to glorify Him. Satan’s goal is to counterfeit true Christian music in order to deceive Christians into being like the world and thus hampering their usefulness for Christ (2 Cor. 11:14-15). Contemporary Christian Music and even “watered down” CCM is associated directly with the world and the glorification of man (i.e., the composer and artists), and is therefore in direct contradiction with God’s standards (Example: The music used in worship of the golden calf, which counterfeited true worship [Ex. 32:18]). God does not accept this kind of worship and even judges it because it desecrates God’s holiness in the sight of the world (Ex. 32).
Every Christian is commanded to walk in the Spirit (Eph. 5:18), and therefore he must be very careful not to accept music that is primarily sensual (appealing to the body) or soulish (appealing to the emotions) (Js. 3:15-16). Music should be evaluated on the spiritual nature of the music, words, composer, accompaniment, and performance (Rom. 12:2). If music does not meet the biblical standards of being separated from the world, honoring to Christ, and declaring Biblical truth, then it should not be used in either the ministry or the personal life of the believer (Eph. 5:18-19; Col. 3:16-17).
Hymnal: Great Hymns of the Faith
Choir and Specials: Conservative arrangements of hymns and spiritual songs. We specifically avoid music that either reflects the style of, or has been modified down from popular Sovereign Grace, CCM, or clearly worldly songs.
Separation from False Doctrine
Fellowship Baptist Church believes that both the Church and Christian must maintain doctrinal purity. Protection from false doctrine comes primarily from a personal study and application of God’s Word (Ps. 119:9, 105). We will not associate with or support those individuals or organizations that openly violate the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith (Rom. 16:17; Col. 2:8).
Separation from the World
As the world is, in its nature, opposed to God, we believe that every believer is to remain in the world, but not identified with the world (1 Cor. 2:12). The only way to be a clear testimony to the world while remaining holy is to remain separate in every area of life, including media, dress, relationships, and lifestyle choices (Phil. 4:8; 1 Jn. 2:15).
Separation unto Christ
Fellowship Baptist Church believes that it is possible for a person to be outwardly separated from the wickedness of the world, and yet have no true relationship with God (2 Tim. 3:5). We believe that, just as important as is it to be separated from the world, the believer must be separated to Christ (2 Pet. 1:15-16, 3:11). This involves a complete surrender to the will of God and the Word of God. A believer cannot avoid being in the world, but by living the Christ-life he is able to avoid being of the world (Jn. 17:15-17)