Statement of Faith
Faith Bible Church
Statement of Faith
1. The Scriptures
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible are in every part inspired by God so that they are in fact His very words. As a result, the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts in matters of fact as well as faith, and is our final authority in matters of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 24:35; 2 Peter 3:15-16).
We believe that God exists in three persons- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit- and yet these three are one God; deserving precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience. (Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 1:9-11; 12:29; 2 Corinthians 13: 14).
We believe that Jesus Christ the eternal Son of God, became man by being born of the Virgin Mary and so was, and continues to be fully God and fully Man in two distinct natures but one Person forever. He lived a life of perfect obedience under the Law and died on the cross according to the eternal plan of God as a substitutionary sacrifice for sin. He arose from the dead with a glorified body and after showing Himself alive by many infallible proofs, He ascended into Heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God the Father to be the believer’s Advocate and High Priest. (John 8:58, 10:30; Colossians 1: 15-20; Luke 1:30-35: Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:5-11).
4. Holy Spirit
We believe in the Deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity. It is His ministry in this age to convict of sin, to impart the new birth, to permanently indwell believers from the moment of salvation, to begin at the time to produce the fruit of Christlikeness in the believer’s life, to baptize every believer at the moment of salvation making him a member of the Body of Christ, to be the pledge of our inheritance which every believer receives at the moment of salvation as a guarantee of our eternal security, and to fill believers giving them special power for service.
The Holy Spirit also gives to every believer at the moment of salvation spiritual gifts of abilities for service. We believe that the extraordinary gifts (tongues, miracles, healing, etc.) Were given only in the time of the Apostles for the founding of the Church. We do not believe that tongues speaking is an evidence of salvation, of baptism, or of filling, nor that it is beneficial to a believer’s spiritual life. (Acts 4:8,13, 5:3-4; John 3:5-8, 16:7-8; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:13, 28-31, 13:8-11, 14; Ephesians 1:13-14 , 5:18; Galatians 5:22-23; Hebrews 2:3-4; I Peter 4:10-11).
We believe in the existence of angels who are before the throne of God, from where they are sent to minister to believers and to those who will inherit salvation, and to execute God’s Will. (Matthew 26:53; Luke 15:10; Hebrews 1:14).
We believe in the existence and personality of Satan (the devil) and that he and his demonic forces consisting of fallen angels are busily engaged in opposing the work of Christ. We believe, however, that he and his angels, at the last judgement, will be forever confined to eternal fire. (Matthew 4:1, 25:41, Revelation 20:10).
We believe that Adam, the first man, was created in the image of God and for His glory, in a state of innocence, but that he sinned and as the penalty for his sin, lost his spiritual life, was excluded from fellowship with God, and became subject to the power of the devil. Furthermore, Adam’s sin resulted in (a) condemnation to all men, and (b) a sinful nature being transmitted to the entire human race, the human nature of Jesus Christ being excepted. As a result, no degree of reformation however great, no attainments in morality however high, no baptism of other ordinance however administered, can help the sinner take one step toward Heaven. (Genesis 1:26, 2:17, 6:5; Psalms 51:5, Romans 3:10-19, 5:12-21, 8:6-7; Ephesians 2:1-3).
We believe that, in infinite love for the Lost, Christ voluntarily accepted His Father’s will and became the divinely provided sacrificial Lamb and took away the sin of the world, bearing the holy judgments against sin which the righteousness of God must impose. We believe, also, that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that salvation, being the gift of God’s grace, is available to anyone soley on the condition of faith which is simply the receiving of God’s gift. We believe because of the very nature of the divine gift of eternal life, because of the present and unending intercession and advocacy of Christ in Heaven, because of the unchangeable promises of God, and because of the regenerating abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of all who are saved, that we and all believers everywhere once saved shall be kept saved forever.
Though the saved one may have occasion to grow in the realization of his blessings and to know a fuller measure of divine power through the yielding of his life more fully to God, he is as soon as he is saved, in possession of every spiritual blessing and absolutely complete in Christ. We believe it is the privilege of all who are born again to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Christ to be their Savior; and that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness or fitness, but wholly upon the testimony of God in his written Word. ( Isaiah 53:6; John 1:29, 3:16, 10:27-29; Ephesians 1:3, 2:8-9; Hebrews 7:25; I Peter 3:18; I John 5:11-13).
We believe that the universal church consists of all who have been baptized into the Body of Christ, that is, all true believers everywhere, living or dead. We believe that the local church is a fellowship of professing believers in Christ who have been baptized and who are organized to do God’s will. However, we believe that membership in the local church does not secure membership in the universal and true church. We believe that the purpose of the church is to glorify God through mutual edification, preaching and teaching the Gospel among all nations, caring for the needs of its members, and doing good in the world. (Matthew 16:16-18, 28:19-20; Acts 14:23; I Corinthians 8-9, 12:12-27; Galatians 6:10; Ephesians 1:20-23, 3:10, 4:11-16; I Timothy 5:1-16; Hebrews 10:24-25; I John 2:19).
10. Church Ordinances
We believe that Christ instituted baptism and the Lord’s Supper to be observed until He comes. We believe that baptism by immersion best symbolizes our union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. Water baptism is intended to be a public proclamation of faith in Jesus Christ and is therefore only for someone who has already made a personal decision to trust Christ and is therefore already saved. Water baptism is also a personal and public memorial to our union with Christ. The Lord’s Supper is a ceremony originated by Christ to be kept by the believers as a symbol of His sacrificial death as the Lamb of God, and of our faith in the sufficiency of His death for eternal life. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:1-10;I Corinthians 11:23-26; Colossians 2:1,13).
11. The Last Things
We believe that, according to the Word of God, the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy, known as the rapture of the church, will be the coming of the Lord in the air to receive to Himself into Heaven both His own who are alive and remain until His coming, and also all who have fallen asleep in Jesus, and that this event is the blessed hope before us in the Scriptures, and for this we should be constantly looking.
We believe that the rapture of the church will be followed by seven years of Tribulation during which the church, the Body of Christ, will be in Heaven. The whole period of Tribulation will be a time of judgement on the whole earth.
We believe that the period of the Tribulation will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth with the power and great glory to introduce the one thousand year reign of Christ on earth know as the Millennium.
At the end of the Millennium will be the resurrection and judgment of the lost of all ages. They shall then be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated but punished with everlasting destruction away from the presence of the Lord. Following this will be the creation of a new Heaven and a new earth in which the saved of all ages shall live forever with the Lord. (Matthew 24:15-26, 24:29-31; Luke 16:19-26; John 5:28-29, 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:51-52; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1: 7-9; Titus 2:11-14; Revelation 5, 7:13-14, 19:11-21).
Faith Bible Church is a family of believers that desire to love God and people.