What we believe

We aline ourselves with the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message placed below. 
 
GOD:

 We believe in the one and only true God, the creator and sustainer of the universe, who is eternal, loving, just, merciful, holy, and unchanging. We believe that God manifests Himself in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, all equal in every divine attribute and executing distinct but complementary roles in the work of redemption. (Jeremiah 10:10, Matthew 3:14-17, John 3:16, Matthew 28:19)

 

 

        ►    God the Father – We believe that the Father is wholly God. We believe that God the Father is that person of the triune godhead that exercises providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to His own grace.

       ►    Jesus Christ – We believe that the Father is wholly God. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Father’s only begotten son, conceived by by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and physically born in Bethlehem. We believe that Jesus Christ preexisted with the Father and Holy Spirit before the beginning of time and left heaven to be born physical so that he could become the final sacrifice for the sin of all mankind. We believe that He lived a sinless and perfect life, that He died on the cross, was buried and was supernaturally raised from the dead on the third day after His death. We believe that His resurrection proves His power over both sin, death, and hell. We believe that He ascended back to heaven and the He is physically coming back to earth soon, at which time He will raise those believers who have died a physical death to life and will gather all believers to Himself to be carried away to heaven with Him.

         ►    Holy Spirit – We believe that the Holy Spirit is the very Spirit of God and is wholly God. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scripture, and by His illumination He enables God’s children to understand truth. He exalts Christ, convicts men of sin, calls them to the Savior and effects regeneration.  At the moment of regeneration, He comes to indwell the believer and empowers the believer with spiritual gift(s) by which they serve God through His church.

 

BIBLICAL INERRANCY:

We believe that the Bible is more than  an accumulation of writings about God.  We believe that the Bible, both the Old and New Testament, is word of God.  (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21) As word of God, the Bible carries the attributes of God, including His holiness and perfection. We believe that because God is holy and perfect, His word must be fully accepted as holy and perfect as well. 

We believe that the Bible is not only without error in its teachings, but that it, like God himself, is infallible (will never fail), and is the final authority on all matters revealed of God to man concerning all matters of doctrine, duty and decisions, both individually as Christians and collectively as a New Testament Church. 

We believe that the Bible is the full and complete revelation of God to man and that it may not be reduced nor expanded by man. (Psalm 119:89, Revelation 22:18-19)

 

SALVATION:

We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and that it is a free gift of God which cannot be purchased nor earned. (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9) We believe that man is saved by faith in Jesus Christ alone, and that His vicarious death on the cross was the ultimate payment for our sin. (Hebrews 9:22, Romans 5:8) We believe that a person must repent of their  sin and by faith accept and trust the person and provision of Jesus Christ as Lord in order to be saved. (Mark 1:15, John 14:6)  We believe that when a person is saved, they will have a great desire to follow the will of God as communicated in His word. We believe that once a person has been truly saved, that person can never lose their salvation and are forever saved. (John 10:28) We believe that salvation is the most important event which can take place in any individual’s life. (Matthew 16:26)

 

HEAVEN & HELL:

We believe that both heaven and hell are real and eternal places. We believe heaven is a perfect and beautiful place which is populated by the saints of God from all ages as well as celestial beings created by God for His service. We believe that the most important thing about heaven is the presence of God himself. We believe for an individual to enter heaven, that individual must have repented of sin, and in faith accepted Jesus Christ as personal savior.

We believe that hell was created by God for Satan and his angels. We also believe that when a person chooses to sin, they choose to follow Satan, and if they die a physical death without repenting of that sin, and in faith accepting Jesus Christ as personal savior, they will spend eternity in hell. We believe hell to be a place of eternal torment and most importantly it is a place void of the presence of God.

SATAN:

We believe that Satan is a real being who manifests himself in spiritual form, having been originally created by God as an angel, but who chose to rebel against God and was cast out of heaven. He is totally sinful. He is the father of lies, deceptive, and very powerful. He leads a vast host of evil spirits who seek to keep unsaved people lost and who seek to deceive and divide individual Christians and the church. We believe that Satan was defeated on the cross and that  Christians have authority and power over Satan through the Lord Jesus Christ. Lucifer, the Devil and many other names are used in Scripture to refer to Satan, but he is one being who will ultimately be cast into the eternal lake of fire (hell) at the end of the age. 

 

CHRISTIAN LIVING:

We believe that the greatest privilege of the Christian is to live for Jesus in this present age. We believe that through the presence of the Holy Spirit in lives, Christians can live supernatural lives in natural environments. By His Spirit, God empowers and enables His children to become and be what He wants us to be.

We believe that in the present age, a real struggle between the forces of God and the forces of Satan takes place daily. This spiritual warfare takes place in Christian lives as we struggle with the contrasts of desire presented by the flesh and the spirit. We believe that Christian living results in spiritual growth and maturity. It is a progressive life in which we become more like Jesus and that the sharing of ones personal testimony/witness is a necessary and normal part of the Christian life.

             THE LOCAL CHURCH

We believe that the local church is God’s instrument in this present age (the Body of Christ) and that all Christians should both belong to and be an active part of a local New Testament church. We believe the church is a body of scripturally baptized believers in who Jesus Christ lives and over who He is lord and is to live under the direction and discipline of God’s Holy Word, the Bible. The members of the local church are united together in the Holy Spirit for the purposes of evangelizing the lost, building up the saved, and glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus is the head of the church. We believe that the members of the local church should love Christ and one another; be faithful to its purposes; and supportive of its ministries. We believe the local church is a God-governed, autonomous body with the pastor serving as the spiritual leader. We believe in the separation of church and state, but also believe that the local church should be active in the promotion of godliness in society at large.

 

WORLD EVANGELISM:

We believe that it is the responsibility and privilege of every member of the local church to do everything possible to make the gospel available to as many people as possible. Therefore, we believe that evangelism is every members responsibility and that it begins at home and extends around the world. We at F.H.B.C. gladly support worldwide missions through the mission agencies of our denomination and other avenues that we may choose from time to time. We encourage each member to serve on volunteer mission teams as the Lord leads and provides opportunity.

 

PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER: 

We believe that every Christian is a priest before God and always has access to the Father through Jesus Christ without going through any earthly intermediary. We believe that each believer is illuminated by  the Holy Spirit in the understanding of His word.

 

GIVING: 

We believe that every Christian is required by God’s word to give at least ten percent of his/her income to the Lord through the local church. The Bible refers to this giving as the tithe.  We further believe that every Christian should go beyond the tithe in giving as the Holy Spirit directs. We believe the Christian’s time, spiritual gifts, talents and money ought to be given back to God as an act of dedication and love to Jesus Christ in order to help fulfill the Great Commission.

 

BAPTISM & LORD’S SUPPER:

We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of the church and are not sacramental. That is, they have no saving power and are each symbolic in nature.

We believe that baptism is reserved for those who profess saving faith in Jesus Christ and should occur as soon after one accepts Christ as possible. It is the first Biblically mandatedact of obedience for the new Christian and is a testimony to the world of ones faith in Jesus Christ and to His church.  We believe that Biblical baptism is by immersion and for these reasons do not accept nor recognize the baptism of infants, non-believers nor those baptized by immersion outside of the Baptist faith.  Because we believe baptism is a testimony and has no saving power, we ask that all Christians coming into our membership from faith groups other than Baptist, give this visual testimony.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic ordinance which reminds children of God of the sacrifice made by Jesus on the cross. We believe that the bread is symbolic of His body which was broken for our sins and the juice is symbolic of His blood that was shed for our redemption. We do not believe that the ordinance has any saving power. We believe that every born again, biblically baptized believer should take the Lord’s Supper as an act of worship, remembrance, and praise. Therefore we invite guests within our fellowship, who meet these requirements to  participate in the ordinance with us.