Beliefs

We are all about Jesus. His death on the cross fully paid for our sins, and His resurrection from the grave purchased us eternal life, freedom and power. Anyone can find life in Jesus by the free gift of God’s grace through faith. This is the gospel, the good news, and it is the center of all we do. We believe in the trinity, in the inspiration and inerrancy of God’s Word and the amazing power of God’s grace.

This is our Foundational Statement of Faith. It specifies the key elements of orthodox Christian faith and forms the basis of membership at Faith Bible Church.

The Bible

The Bible is God’s message to man, recorded without error in the original manuscripts.

God

God exists in three distinct persons who are the same in nature, but distinct in function: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Man

Man is created in the image of God, yet he is fallen in his sinfulness.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who was born of a virgin and literally rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. He is undiminished deity and perfect humanity permanently united in one person. It was through His sacrificial death on the cross that He removed once and for all the barrier of sin between God and man.

Salvation

Salvation is the unearned gift from God to any man who will receive in dependence the provision that Christ’s death is the sufficient and necessary requirement for eternal life.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the person of the Godhead who permanently indwells every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides every believer with gifts for service and with the fullness of God’s power to make him adequate for living. As the believer acts in dependence upon the Spirit, he will progressively grow into maturity.

The Universal Church

The Universal Church is the visible expression of God’s kingdom in this age and is distinct from Israel. Membership in it is based solely upon a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Local Church

The Local Church is an assembly of believers gathering together in communion with each other to give visible expression of Jesus Christ’s body to their community and to stimulate growth in each others lives.

The Ordinances

The Ordinances are to be observed commemorating Christ’s works for the church: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. Baptism is practiced by individuals as a symbolic expression of personal identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper is practiced corporately as a symbolic reminder of His provision for salvation.

History

History is controlled by the sovereign rule of God and will culminate in the establishment of His kingdom upon the earth, a kingdom ruled by His Son and those who have placed their faith in Him.

 

Expanded statement of faith

The items below serve to expand and clarify the beliefs above. Together they form the teaching position of our pastors and leaders.

Scripture

Both the individual words and the whole (66 books), is inspired by God through human authors. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21) The Scriptures all find their fullest significance in the person and work of Jesus Christ and are useful for teaching, correction, encouragement, and training in righteousness. (Romans 15:4; Deut. 32:47)

Man

Man is created in the image of God yet is a fallen creature, born into this world without any hope of salvation or eternal life apart from the provision of God’s grace, available only through the finished work of Jesus on the cross. (Gen. 1:26; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:10-19; 8:6-8)

Free Grace

Salvation is a free gift of God’s grace that comes only through faith in Christ. At the moment of salvation, the believer is granted the perfect righteousness of Christ, declared righteous of all sin, past, present and future, made a new creation and indwelt by the fullness of the Holy Spirit. (John 5:24; Gal. 6:15; Romans 5:9; 1 Cor. 6:11) Changes in lifestyle, surrender to Christ as Lord and the bearing of fruit are results of salvation and are not conditions for gaining or keeping God’s free gift. (John 6:47)

Eternal Security

The eternal security of a believer’s salvation is a clear teaching of Scripture. Once an individual places faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ, their eternal salvation cannot be lost due to sinfulness or changes in personal belief. (John 10:27-30; Romans 8:29; Hebrews 7:25)

Assurance

Assurance of salvation is available to every believer and is based on the promise of God’s Word. The believer’s relationship with God is held secure by the perseverance of the Holy Spirit of God within the believer. The believer’s fellowship with God may change based on the obedience they enjoy. (2 Peter 1:10-11)

Sanctification

Growth in Christ-likeness is God’s will for each believer and is progressive in nature because we retain the sinful nature. (1 Thess. 4:3; John 17:17; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Thess. 5:23) Progressive sanctification is accomplished by God’s grace. (Titus 2:11-13)

The Second Coming of Christ

God will fulfill His promises to Israel and establish a literal thousand-year kingdom of Christ on earth. (1 Thess. 5:1-6; Rev. 20:1-3)