We are an evangelical church committed to expository preaching and teaching of the Bible and proclamation of the gospel: God’s power to save (Romans 1:16). For more information about expository preaching and its centrality in the explication and application of all of Scripture to life, please listen to one of our recent sermons.
The following is a summary of what we believe and teach at Faith Bible Church. While this summary does give a great understanding of what Faith Bible Church is all about, we strongly encourage you to read the entire Doctrinal Statement and Church Bylaws (requires Adobe Reader). Both of these documents will give you a thorough understanding of what we believe and practice.
1. The Bible is God’s inerrant, infallible, authoritative and sufficient Word.
2. God is one but eternally existing in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
3. God the Father is the Creator of all that is. He created the universe in six literal twenty-four hour days. As Creator, He is the sovereign Owner and Ruler of all!
4. Jesus Christ is the unique God/Man sent to reveal God to us and vicariously bear the sins of those who would believe on Him for salvation. He will return a second time to judge all people and rule over His Kingdom.
5. The Holy Spirit is fully God yet subordinate within the Godhead. The Holy Spirits work is revealed in creation, the incarnation of Christ, and the salvation of believers throughout time.
6. Man was created for the purpose of glorifying God. Since Adam sinned as the representative of mankind, that sin has been passed on to all who have lived, aside from Jesus Christ. Since man is totally depraved, he is born fighting against God, unable to do anything to pay for sin and headed for hell.
7. God provided the perfect sacrifice for the sin of man in His Son, Jesus Christ. As God, Jesus was able to pay for the sins of man committed against the eternal God. As Man, Jesus was able to identify with and represent man.
8. Salvation is completely a work of Jesus Christ, and applied by the Holy Spirit. God’s grace in saving people has nothing to do with any works in those He saves. Man is responsible, however, to respond to God’s gift as His Word commands.
9. Man receives God’s gift of salvation by saving belief (complete trust and reliance) in Jesus and by repentance (changing one’s mind about sin).
10. True believers will persevere until the very end because of God’s faithfulness and the true believer’s obedience from his love for God.
11. Christ is the Head of the universal church, which is made up of all true believers in Him. Each local congregation is to be ruled by a plurality of elders who equip believers to minister and are assisted by the deacons.
12. The only purpose of the church is to glorify God by exalting Him, edifying the saints, and evangelizing the lost, both locally and throughout the world.
13. The ordinances of the church are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is a command for believers to obey illustrating their unity and identity with Jesus Christ. The Lord’s Supper is an act of remembrance for what Jesus accomplished in His death and resurrection as well as an act of anticipation for His future return.
14. The miraculous gifts taught in the Bible seem to have ceased for today with the completion of the writing of God’s Word. These sign gifts authenticated the message of the prophets, apostles, those in the apostolic circle and Jesus, Himself. Apparently, not being intended for the church to practice after the Scriptures were completed and having accomplished their purpose, these sign gifts historically ceased.
15. When unrepentant sin in the life of a professing believer becomes known, it is necessary to lovingly confront that sin. The goal of ‘church discipline’ is the glory of God, the purity of God’s church, as well as the restoration of the one who is sinning.
16. Our Lord Jesus Christ will return to the earth in power and glory. Believers will be judged to determine their reward for eternity in heaven. Unbelievers will be judged and cast into Hell for all eternity to suffer beyond imagination for their sin.