Faith Community Church’s Statement of Faith
The core of our fellowship and the reason for our unity, is our commitment to a set of shared beliefs. The following Statement of Faith is a declaration of the truths that unite us in ministry.
Concerning the Bible
We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God. The sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments, were inspired by the Spirit of God. God breathed His Word to mankind through Spirit-controlled men, so that every word and every part of the complete Bible was entirely free from error. Thus, the Bible is the supreme revelation of God’s will for mankind. As such, it tells us what we need to believe, it shows us where our beliefs are false, it tells us how to correct our errors, and it shows us what true righteousness is. Through the Scriptures, God equips the believer for every good work, making it the final and inerrant authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union. This means that today, the Spirit of God neither contradicts, nor adds to the complete revelation of God that is the Bible.
2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Matthew 5:17-20; Hebrews 4:11-13; John 17:11-19; Revelation 22:18-19
Concerning the True God
We believe in only one God, the Creator of all things, who is holy, sovereign, and eternal. In the unity that is God, He exists as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are identically God in their nature and each equal in power and glory. They are together God, and each individually is completely God.
Exodus 20:1-11; Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; Genesis 1:1-2:3; Revelation 4:1-11; Isaiah 46:8-13; Matthew 3:13-17; John 1:1-18
Concerning God the Father
We believe that God the Father is holy, just and loving. Unlimited in time, space, knowledge, and power, the Father has planned for His glory all that comes to pass and purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself. God patiently bears the wickedness of many in order to bring salvation to those He has chosen as heirs of salvation. In His sovereignty, He is neither author nor approver of sin, nor does He negate the accountability of moral, intelligent creatures. Although distinct from His creation, He is at the same time present in it and at work in it, intervening as He chooses.
Isaiah 6:1-13; Psalm 103:1-22; Exodus 34:1-9; Romans 8:28-30; Romans 9:14-33; James 1:12-18; 2 Peter 3:1-13; Psalm 139: 1-16
We believe in the absolute and essential deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He existed eternally with the Father in pre-incarnate glory. By means of the incarnation, Jesus also became fully human. The Spirit of God caused Jesus to be alive in Mary’s womb so that he would be born of a virgin, but without Adam’s sin nature. As such, he lived a sinless life, and voluntarily died a substitutionary death for sinful mankind. Since Jesus’ death fully atoned for all sin, death could not hold him captive and three days later He came back to life and had a bodily resurrection. After 40 days with His disciples He returned to heaven in triumph. Today, seated at God’s right hand, Jesus exercises a ministry as advocate before God for those who trust in him. One day, he will personally return, just as He promised, to rule on David’s throne as the king.
John 1:1-18; Luke 1:26-38; 1 Peter 2:18-25; Matthew 28; Acts 1:1-11; 1 John 1:5-2:2; Revelation 19:11-21
Concerning the Holy Spirit
We believe in the absolute and essential deity of the Holy Spirit. He has His own will, goals, and individual personality, differing from the Father and the Son. He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. Thus, when a sinner repents, the Spirit is involved in that person trusting in Jesus. With the new birth at salvation, the Spirit baptizes the new believer so that he or she is a member of the body of Jesus Christ, which the Bible calls the church. That is why he is present in all who believe in Jesus, just as Jesus promised to send Him. In this role, the Spirit sanctifies, leads, comforts, fills, and seals all who trust in Jesus. The sign gifts of prophecy, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, miracles, and healing, were powerful indicators in the New Testament times whereby the authority of the gospel was established on earth, but believers should not expect or seek to receive these gifts today because the sign gifts have accomplished their purpose in the first century. (However, we do believe that God is still in the process of healing and doing miracles.)
Acts 5:1-11; John 16:5-15; Acts 2; Romans 8:1-17; Ephesians 1:3-14; 1 Corinthians 12-13; Mark 16:14-20
We believe that mankind was divinely created in the image of God. God did not take some pre-existing life form and evolve it to make Adam or Eve. When Adam chose to sin, he became guilty before God, resulting in Adam and all his descendants being completely unable to make themselves clean or acceptable before God by their own actions. The judgement for such guilt includes both physical and spiritual death. All of Adam’s descendants, also called mankind, are now declared by God to be sinners, both due to inheriting Adam’s sin nature, and because all decide to sin by their own choice. As a sinner, no descendant of Adam can earn salvation or favor with God by any merit of his or her own. All mankind is justly condemned by God to everlasting conscious punishment, separated from God.
Genesis 1:26-2:25; Genesis 3; Genesis 5; Romans 3:9-26; Romans 5
We believe that the salvation the Bible talks about is having the penalty for sins removed from the sinner. God chooses to draw certain individuals to place their faith in Jesus. God appointed Jesus to die on the cross in the place of sinful mankind. Jesus also rose from the grave proving that God accepted His death as payment in full for sins. Thus, Jesus voluntarily suffered a death that covers the sins of all who trust in Him for this salvation. Everyone, who actually believes that Jesus has paid for his or her sins, is declared just by God the judge. Such true faith will be demonstrated by the believer living a life of obedience to God instead of continuing to live following their own way. All who truly trust in Jesus will grow more and more like Jesus through the work of God’s Spirit in sanctifying them. Everyone that God has elected will eventually trust in Jesus and will eternally be preserved by God for that eternal inheritance which God has promised for all of Jesus’ followers. In that day of inheriting God’s promises, every follower of Jesus will be changed to no longer have any sin nature. Instead, together with Him, all believers will worship God in holiness and truth.
Isaiah 52:13-53:12; John 5:22-51; John 3:1-21; Luke 23:26-24:49; Romans 3:21-5:21; Ephesians 1:3-14; Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15
Concerning the Church
We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ, which is distinct from Israel in the Old Testament, was inaugurated at Pentecost and must be considered in two aspects: the local church and “the church which is His body.” This “body” is the entire company of believers in Christ who have ever lived in every location that there have been believers. Only God knows the exact number and membership of this universal church.
Romans 4; Romans 10:14-11:36; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 1:15-23; Revelation 7
Concerning the Local Church
We believe that a local church is an organized company of immersed believers, who have been called out from the world and have been separated unto the Lord Jesus. As a local church, these believers have voluntarily associated together with four goals. First, they study God’s word to know it and obey it. This includes both personal growth in sanctification, and announcing the good news of the forgiveness of sins to others who have yet to believe in Jesus. Second, they serve God together. Ministry in the local church is done by the believers working together and not in isolation. Third, they celebrate the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. A following section will touch on both ordinances in more detail. Fourth, they pray together, asking God for the help they need to serve Him daily. Each local church is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the church. There are two primary leadership roles in the church. The role of pastor is also referred to as bishop, elder, and shepherd in the Bible. This role is one of leading as a servant, seeking God’s will for His church. The role of deacon is one who serves and helps the church to get ministry accomplished. Both of these roles are reserved for godly men from within the local assembly of believers.
Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 2:40-47; Revelation 2-3; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Hebrews 10:19-25
Concerning the Ordinances
We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order: Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper
The first ordinance is baptism, which is the immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. A believer is baptized in obedience to Christ’s command and in order to set forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Just as Christ died and was raised to new life, so, at salvation, the believer starts to die to the old way of life and starts to live the new life that God wants from everyone. Baptism demonstrates this reality through the example of being buried in water to picture death, and then coming out of the water like a resurrection to new life.
Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:16-20; Romans 6:1-14; Acts 8:26-40; Colossians 2:6-15
Concerning the Lord’s Supper
The second ordinance is the Lord’s Supper, which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and wine (or other fruit from the vine). These two elements symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes. Christ’s death was the most important event in history. Remembering that He died for the believer’s sins should both lead to great thankfulness for what Christ has done and serious, honest self-examination to ask God to show areas of sin in the believer’s life that need to be repented of.
Matthew 26:17-30; Luke 22:7-21; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Concerning Religious Liberty
We believe in religious liberty. This means that every man has the right to practice and propagate his own personal beliefs. God has given this opportunity to all. However, it is also true that God will judge every individual for their choices to obey or disobey Him. It is not the role of the church to dictate to others what they can believe. It is the role of the church to tell others what God has said, leaving God to do His work of convicting and drawing to Himself those He has chosen to bless with eternal life through faith in Jesus.
Acts 14:8-18; Revelation 19:11-20:15; Acts 1:1-11; John 6:22-59; Romans 8:18-30
Concerning the Lord’s Day (This is not to be confused with the Day of the Lord, which focuses on the future return of the Lord.)
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. The early church recognized the Lord’s Day because Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week. Therefore, for all followers of Jesus, the Lord’s Day is worthy of special recognition. However, any day is an appropriate day for believers to gather and worship God as the body of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28; 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; Romans 14:1-13; Revelation 1:10
We believe that marriage was initiated by God in the Garden of Eden when He gave Eve to Adam and declared that those being married would leave their parent’s house and be joined together as one. The purpose for marriage was both to provide help for each other in life, and to provide a safe location from which to produce and raise children. Since only a man and a woman can join together to produce children, it is clear that God intended marriage to be of one man with one woman for life. We do not believe that “same sex” marriages are God’s purpose for marriage. Therefore, it would be a contravention of our beliefs to be involved in providing a location for such ceremonies.
Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:1-12; Ephesians 5:21-6:4; Genesis 1:26-31
Concerning the Church and State
We believe in the entire separation of church and state. God has not given the state the authority to tell local churches what they should believe. Instead, every local church needs to look to the Bible to see what God has said about what they need to believe. However, every believer has the right to be involved in the state to whatever degree that state allows for its citizens. As citizens, believers can stand up for laws and rules that they feel are pleasing to God.
Acts 3-4; Revelation 14:6-13
Concerning Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society. Magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the kings of the earth.
Romans 13:1-7; Daniel 2, 3; 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Concerning Jesus’ Return
We believe in the personal, bodily coming of Christ in the air to take His saints to be with Him. We also believe that Jesus will return to the earth to reign on David’s throne. After Jesus’ return, there will be a time of judging where all will stand before God to be condemned or blessed as God sees fit. There are some details about Jesus return that are debated among believers, but these essentials must be held by all our members.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 24; Zechariah 14; Revelation 19:1-20:15
Concerning the Eternal State
We believe the Scriptures teach the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust. The just, those who have been redeemed through trusting in Jesus, will spend eternity in full enjoyment of God’s presence. The unjust, those who through impenitence and unbelief refuse to accept God’s offer of mercy, will spend eternity in everlasting, conscious punishment.
Daniel 12:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; John 5:16-30; John 11:1-44; Revelation 20:1-15; Matthew 25
We believe that God created sinless, spirit beings called angels to worship and serve Him. Satan and some of the angels became proud and rebelled and were judged by God. Satan now rules these fallen angels, also called demons. They seek continually to frustrate the purposes of God and to ensnare the sons of men. They were conquered by Christ on the cross and condemned to an everlasting punishment that will be enforced in the last days. Satan is a real being, who also has intellect, personality, and personal awareness. He is not just a force or an evil influence. Satan is also known as the Devil. As the Devil, he is a deceiver, just as he deceived Eve in the garden. As Satan, he is an accuser. Today, Satan accuses Jesus’ followers before the throne of God.
Psalm 104:1-4; Hebrews 1:1-14; 2 Kings 6:8-23; Revelation 12; Genesis 3; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; Ephesians 6:10-20; Revelation 20