Our Beliefs

 The church accepts the doctrines as found in the Baptist Faith and Message of the Southern Baptist Convention. Below is a summary of what we at Fellowship Church hold dear.

The Bible

We believe that God verbally inspired the Bible. The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. The Bible is inerrant in its original writings, (not in any translation) and is the supreme and final authority in all matters of doctrine, faith and life.

II Timothy 3:16; Matthew 5:18

God

We believe God is personal, unchangeable, and eternal, who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. He is a self-existent Spirit. He is one Being that exists in three persons (a Trinity) consisting of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the Moral Standard by which all holiness, righteousness, justice, truthfulness, faithfulness and love are based. He is the Creator of all.

Exodus 3:13-14; Matthew 3:16-17; Leviticus 11:44-45; Genesis 1:1

Jesus

We believe that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God (the Second Person of the Trinity), He pre-existed eternally, He entered this world born of a virgin, He lived a sinless life, He was fully human and fully God. He died as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of mankind. After three days He physically rose from the dead, Now He sits on the right hand of the Father as the High Priest and Advocate of those who believe in Him.

John 20:30-31; Luke 1:26-35; Hebrews2:9-18; I John 2:1

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a personal Being and not an impersonal force. Presently He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. When someone receives Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit simultaneously regenerates and baptizes the believer into the body of Christ, indwells him, and seals him until Christ returns. He also on a progressive basis enlightens, guides, and fills the believer and produces righteous characteristics in the believer.

I Corinthians 2:10-12; John 14:16-17; John 3:3-7

Man

We believe that God created man in His image, also that the first man sinned (sin means falling short of the perfection of God) and because of that first sin all men have subsequently become sinners by nature. Because of man’s sinful nature he now physically dies and is spiritually dead and separated from a relationship with God.

Genesis 1:26; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1

Salvation

We believe God by His mercy and love provided the means whereby man may be saved from his sinful condition. God sent His Son to die as man’s substitute and His blood was sufficient to satisfy God’s righteous demands for the penalty of sin. One does not obtain this salvation by any work of his own; instead it is given only by God’s grace through the agency of faith in the finished work of Christ. This gift of God gives the believer spiritual regeneration (rebirth), justification before God, forgiveness of all his sins, and the hope of eternal life in a glorified body with Christ. Christ died for all mankind but only those who believe and receive this gift will be saved. God foreknew who would believe and has predestined them before the foundation of the world. The believer can not lose his salvation because it does not depend upon him but upon God, so the believer can have full assurance of his eternal security.

John 3:16; I Peter2:24; Ephesians 2:8-9; II Corinthians 5:17; John 10:27-28

The Church

We believe the church is composed of all believers called out from the world in Christ and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The Church has been spiritually baptized into one universal body of Christ, with Christ as its head. The purposes of the Church are to glorify God, evangelize the world, and to educate, and to edify and minister to believers. We believe that Jesus instructed the church to observe two ordinances. The first is communion which He instructed to be done in remembrance of Him. The second is believers’ baptism. The purpose of believers’ baptism is to publicly declare the inward transformation that has taken place in the believers’ life. Baptism is not necessary for salvation.

Romans 8:28; I Corinthians 12:12-13; Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 4:11-16; Luke 22:19; I Corinthians 11:24-25; Romans 6:1-4

End Times

We believe in the immanent return of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe this will be a personal, visible return to earth. Israel will be redeemed as a nation and Christ will set up His kingdom on earth for a thousand years. At the end of Christ’s Millennial Kingdom, Satan will be released from the bottomless pit (where he will be during the Millennial Kingdom) and he will cause a rebellion which will quickly be stopped by God. This will be followed by the Great White Throne Judgment after which the unsaved and Hell will be cast into the Lake of Fire forever. Then the New Jerusalem will descend toward earth and there, those who believe in Christ will live with Him forever more.

Revelation 19:11-16; Zechariah 12:10; Revelation 20-21