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Our Story in Jesus' Story...
Jesus once told a story of a man with two sons. The younger son went to his father and demanded that he be given his inheritance right away. His father went ahead and gave the son his inheritance, and soon after the son left home. While away, the son spent everything his father had given him and soon found himself begging for money, too embarrassed and ashamed to return home. Over time, he did return, and when his father saw him, he welcomed his son back with open arms!
This story illustrates the beautiful love that God has for you. Faith Christian Fellowship is a diverse congregation, full of people from a lot of different backgrounds. Some have been in the church their entire lives, some grew up in church before wandering away and are now returning to faith, others grew up in broken homes and have experienced all the world has to offer - good and bad. But all have found, and continue to discover, how their story fits in Jesus' story!
Our beliefs are not merely intellectual points, they're the story of Jesus and shape how we understand the grace of God, what we believe Jesus accomplished for us, and how we are empowered by his Holy Spirit in our daily walk.
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, creator of heaven and earth. The Father is the designer of the work of redemption. It is by the grace of the Father that all our earthly needs are met.
Genesis 1:1; Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 53:10; Matthew 6:26, 30, 32; John 14:6; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 1:3
God the Son, Jesus
We believe that the man known as Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ and promised messiah, is the second person of the trinity - fully human and fully divine. Eternal life is only possible by receiving, in faith, Jesus' death and resurrection as atonement for your sins.
John 1:18, 3:16, 14:22; Romans 5:8, 8:32; Colossians 2:15, 19; 1 John 4:10; Jude 4
God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is equally God with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is at work in the act of creation, inspiration, equipping for ministry, convicting of sin, and generates faith.
Genesis 1:2, 2:7; 1 Samuel 11:6; Psalm 140:30; Malachi 3:17; John 16:7-11; Acts 2:4, 5:3-4; Romans 8:15; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:16; Hebrews 2:4
Sovereignty of God
We believe in the absolute sovereignty of God over all things. God's sovereignty is affirmed in the act of creation, it sets him apart from all other possible gods, it gives him authority over governments and kingdoms, and it is exercised in the salvation and judgement of individuals.
Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 3:24; 2 Samuel 7:22; Psalm 68:20; Jeremiah 32:17; Daniel 4:17, 7:14; Acts 4:24; Romans 9:16, 18
We believe that the Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by God, to be our rule of faith and practice. Scripture is clear and sufficient in itself for accomplishing its ultimate goal: the glory of God and the salvation of those whom God calls to himself.
Numbers 12:6; Deuteronomy 29:29, 30:11-14; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 John 2:20
Human Beings & Sin
We believe that all human beings are created in God's image. Human beings were created to be in relationship with each other. Although initially created perfect and without sin, the Fall has tarnished our perfection, making us guilty of sin from conception. Our sinful nature has left us totally incapable of doing good apart from the working of the Spirit.
Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18, 3:1-19; Jeremiah 13:23; Job 15:14; Romans 3:23, 8:7-8; Ephesians 1:3
We believe that salvation is only possible by the grace of God, ad granted to a person on the basis of faith in Jesus. Because salvation is an act of grace, it is a gift that God gives to us, not something we can earn. We agree with the Reformed doctrines of election and predestination in that God first chooses who will be saved, the Holy Spirit then convicts that person of their need and softens them to the gospel. All people receive eternal life; those who believe will spend eternity in God's presence in heaven, those who do not believe will experience an eternity of separation from God known as hell.
Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46; John 3:16; Romans 2:28, 9:13-16; Ephesians 1:4-13, 2:8-9; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:4-7
Baptism & Communion
The believe that we been given two sacraments: baptism and Communion. These are called "sacraments" - not "ordinances" - because we believe that in each act, God is the initiator, therefore making baptism and Communion "acts of grace." We understand baptism to be a New Testament extension of the Old Testament practice of circumcision, and therefore baptize the children of believing parents and new believers. We understand Communion to be a remembrance of Jesus' crucifixion and an invitation to approach and receive the blessings of the cross. While commanded in Scripture and central to Christian practice since the early church, we do not believe that participation in and practice of the sacraments is necessary for salvation; albeit, one's faith will compel them to participate as often as possible according to the patterns presented in Scripture.
Genesis 17:7-13; Matthew 19:14; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 1:8, 2:42; 1 Corinthians 7:14, 11:23-26; Colossians 2:11-12
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
This is only a summary of what we believe. If you still have questions about something, just send us a message using this form and we'll get that answered ASAP!
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