Articles of Faith
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite 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 Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Exodus 20:2,3; I Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11; I John 5:7)
We believe that Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son was infinite God, co-existent and co-equal with the Father; that He condescended to man but in His incarnation never lost any of His deity, that He was sinless and the Saviour of all mankind. (John 1:l~, John 10:30; Hebrews 1:1-3)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, 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; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; 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, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. (John 14:16; Matthew 28:19; 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 8:16; Romans 8:26,27)
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. While God may choose to grant physical healing in response to the prayers of believers, ultimate deliverance from sickness or death will occur when the believer passes from this life into eternity. (1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)
We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled man; and therefore, has truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible is the Word of God and not that it just contains the Word of God. We believe it to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme stand. (II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:19-21)
We believe in the preservation of God's Word through the Hebrew Masoretic Text and the Greek Textus Receptus. We believe that the King James Version is an accurate translation of God's preserved Word, is God's Word for English speaking people, and is the only version used in the ministry of Fellowship Baptist Church.
Satan the Devil
We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10)
We accept the Genesis account of Creation and believe that man came by the direct creation of God and not by any process of evolution. (Genesis 1 and 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 fell from his sinless and happy state in consequences of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but by choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. (Genesis 3:1-6,24; Romans 5:19; Romans 5:12; Romans 5:10-l9; Romans 1:18,32)
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 1:18-23; Luke 1:35; John 1:14)
Atonement for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of 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 us an 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, that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour. (Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Pnilippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7; Romans 3:25; I John 4:10; I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21)
Regeneration or the New Birth
We believe that in order to be saved (born again), a person must repent of their sin and trust Christ as their personal Savior. This new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus, is instantaneous and not a process, and is available for all.
In the new birth, the sinner receives eternal life, the free gift of God. This new birth is by the sinner’s voluntary response to the divine truth of God's Word and conviction, and thus, the sinner is made partaker of the divine nature. The evidence of Salvation is a changed life by the power of Holy Spirit. (John 3:3, II Corinthians 5:17; I John 5:1; John 3:1-7; Acts 16:30-31; II Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; II Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8)
We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification.
(a) That justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life, on principles of righteousness.
(b) That it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood, His righteousness is imputed to us.
Faith and Salvation
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only necessary and only condition of salvation.
The Local Church
We believe that the local church is a congregation of immersed, born-again believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims, duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all man 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; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. (Acts 2:41; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22,23; Ephesians 4:11; Acts 20:17-28; I Timothy 3:1-13; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23,24; Acts 15:13-18)
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, signifying our death to sin and resurrection to a new life, that it is pre-requisite to the privilege of church membership.
We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. (Acts 8:26-39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12;
I Corinthians 11:23-28).
The Security of the Believer (Saints)
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6; John 10:28,29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1)
Righteous and Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such
only as through faith are justified in the name of the 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 man both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. (Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 1:18; I John 5:19; Romans 7:6; Romans 6:23; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 6:25; Matthew 24:34-41; John 8:21)
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and 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 conscience and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth. (Romans 13:1-7; II Samuel 23:3; Exodus18:21,22: Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:28-29; Acts 4:19-20; Daniel 3:17-18)
The Resurrection, Personal, Visible, Pretribulational, Premillenial Return of Christ and Related Events
1. We believe in the bodily resurrection (Matthew 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6)
2. The Ascension (Acts l:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 9:28)
3. The High Priesthood (Hebrews 8:6; I Timothy 2:5; I John 2:1; Hebrews 12:24; Hebrews 5:9,10)
4. The Second Coming (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16; James 5:8; Hebrews 9:28)
5. The Resurrection of the Righteous Dead (I Thessalonians 4:16-18; I Corinthians 15:42-44; I Corinthians 15:52)
6. The Change of the Living in Christ (I Corinthians 15:51-53; I Thessalonians 4:13-18;
8. Philippians 3:20-2l)
7. The Throne of David (Luke 1:32; Isaiah 9:6,7; Acts 2:29,30)
8. The Millenial Reign (I Corinthians 15:25; Isaiah 32:1; Isaiah 11:4,5 Psalms 72:8; Revelation 20:4; Revelation 20:6)