Our Beliefs

 

God 

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory. 

The Bible 

We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises. 

The Human Condition 

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God's saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed. 

Jesus Christ 

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate. 

The Work of Christ 

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation. 

The Holy Spirit 

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church 

We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer. 

Christian Living 

We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor, and justice for the oppressed. With God's Word, the Spirit's power, and fervent prayer in Christ's name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ's commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed. 

Christ's Return 

We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission. 

Response and Eternal Destiny 

We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

Faith Church Distinctives:

The following beliefs supplement the 2008 EFCA Statement of Faith, further clarifying how we think and live as a church family.

Outreach

We believe it is the mandate and privilege of every Christian to engage people with the love and the message of Christ. We encourage individuals to show the love of Christ through acts of mercy and service and to seek Spirit-led opportunities to share the message of Christ with those around them. As a church family, we seek opportunities to demonstrate love and service to others and to send people across cultural lines with the message of Jesus Christ. Our outreach to the nations will prioritize partnerships with individuals seeking to proclaim the hope of Christ to peoples who are unreached or less reached.  We will also seek partners called to establish indigenous church planting movements to evangelize regions.

(See Genesis 1:26-31Psalm 67:1-5Matthew 28:18-20John 13:34-35Acts 1:8-9Romans 10:14-151 John 3:17-18, and 1 John 4:7-12)

Baptism

We believe baptism is commanded by God to display an individual's personal and living faith in Jesus Christ. As an act of worship and obedience, we immerse believers in water to publicly declare their loyalty to Jesus and to celebrate adoption into the family of God.

(See Matthew 28:18-20Acts 8:36-40Acts 16:13-15Acts 16:31-34, and Romans 6:3-4)

Biblical Interpretation

We believe proper interpretation, known as hermeneutics, is essential to understanding and applying timeless biblical truth to our lives. This requires consideration of the historical setting, grammar, literary form, and the purpose of the biblical writing. We also see value in trying to understand what the entire Bible teaches on any one subject, which is known as systematic theology.  Proper Biblical interpretation requires adherence to the authority of the Bible, not seeing the Bible as under the authority of any theological system.

(See Deuteronomy 6:4-9Nehemiah 8:8Matthew 5:17-18Mark 7:1-132 Timothy 2:152 Timothy 3:16-17, and 2 Peter 1:19-21)

The Lord's Supper

We believe in remembering the work of Christ for us by regularly celebrating the Lord's Supper. The elements served at the Lord's Supper are symbols which remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made to forgive our sins and reconcile us to God. Participation in the Lord's Supper gives us the opportunity to confess sin, rejoice in our salvation, be united as the family of God, and look forward to Christ's return. Everyone who has received Christ as Savior is welcome to participate in the Lord's Supper.

(See Matthew 26:26-29Luke 22:14-20, and 1 Corinthians 11:23-27)

The Work and Gifts of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the moment a person welcomes Jesus Christ by faith, the Holy Spirit indwells him or her. The baptism of the Spirit means that we have been united to our heavenly Father and belong to the family of God. The filling of the Spirit means that we are controlled by the Spirit, which is a continuing process as we submit our will to His. The fruit of the Spirit is the inner qualities resulting in outward actions of the believer who is filled with the Spirit. We also believe every Christ follower is given spiritual gifts to encourage believers and expand God's Kingdom. While all the spiritual gifts outlined in the Bible are active today, we do not believe that every church practices every gift in every age. Therefore, we choose not to use the gifts of tongues, prophecy, and healing in our corporate worship services because we cannot ensure that the Biblical mandate of order can be upheld in large gatherings of people.

(See John 14:15-18Acts 2:1-5Romans 8:14-17Romans 12:3-91 Corinthians 2:12-131 Corinthians 6:19-201 Corinthians 12:1-141 Corinthians 14:1-40Galatians 5:22-26, and Ephesians 1:13-15)

Eternal Security

We believe that faith in Christ secures a permanent position in the family of God, making it impossible for a true believer to lose his or her salvation. While people may make false professions of faith or make decisions which contradict biblical teaching, we believe that a true believer will persevere in faith by God's grace. 

(See John 6:38-40John 10:27-30Romans 8:28-31Ephesians 1:13-15, Philippians 1:3-7Colossians 1:21-23, and Philippians 1:3-7)

Church Membership

We believe church membership is an important part of growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ.  Members have the opportunity to exercise their spiritual gifts, be cared for by the body of Christ, and flourish under the authority of spiritual leadership. Faith Church membership requires evidence of saving faith in Jesus Christ and a commitment to this local family. Members vote on the annual budget, purchase and sale of property, calling and dismissing of the Senior and Executive Pastors, the appointment of Elders, and changes to the church's Bylaws.   The Faith Church Bylaws provide Elders with the authority to direct and care for the needs of the Faith Church family on behalf of the membership. The Elders oversee the Senior Pastor and approve the calling and dismissal of associate pastors. Under the direction of the Senior Pastor, the staff leads the church family in fulfilling our purpose. 

(See Matthew 18:16-17Acts 14:23-24Acts 15:22-231 Corinthians 5:1-61 Timothy 3:1-10Titus 1:5-10Hebrews 10:24-25Hebrews 13:17James 5:14, and 1 Peter 5:1-5)

Human Life

We believe human life at every stage is sacred and created in the image of God. Therefore, we will celebrate and protect life from conception to natural death and treat every person with dignity. We will seek to guard the life of the unborn, find parents for the orphaned, secure shelter for the homeless, care for the elderly, and assist the oppressed.

(See Genesis 1:26-27Psalm 8:3-9Psalm 127: 3-4Psalm 139:13-16Proverbs 31:8-9Isaiah 58:6-8Jeremiah 1:5Matthew 25:31-46, and James 3:9)

Men and Women

We believe men and women are created in the image of God, equal in value but distinct in roles. Like the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have different roles within the Trinity, men and women have distinct roles in the family and in the church. This distinction is not a reflection of worth or capabilities, but is a matter of how God has set order in the world. We believe God has reserved the role of pastor/elder for qualified men. Under the headship of the Elders, both women and men can use their abilities to build up the church and reach the world with the love and message of Jesus Christ.

(See Genesis 1:26-27Matthew 3:16-171 Corinthians 11:2-4Galatians 3:26-28Ephesians 5:21-331 Timothy 2:13-151 Timothy 3:1-7, and Titus 1:6-9)

Sexuality and Marriage

We believe God created sex to be enjoyed within marriage - a lifelong, monogamous relationship between one man and one woman. The Bible teaches that any sexual pleasure outside of marriage is sin and falls short of God's ideal for us. Therefore, we will celebrate sexuality within the covenant of marriage and exhort people to abstain from any sexual pleasure outside of God's ideal. We will treat those who struggle with sexual identity, temptation, and sin with love and respect, while pointing them to God's ideal. 

(See Genesis 2:23-25Malachi 2:13-17Matthew 19:4-6John 8:1-11Romans 1:18-32Romans 7:2-41 Corinthians 6:13-171 Corinthians 7:1-6Galatians 5:16-25, and Hebrews 13:4)

Divorce and Remarriage

We believe divorce falls tragically short of God's ideal for one man and one woman in the covenant of marriage. We recognize, however, that God Himself made provision for divorce and remarriage in the case of adultery or abandonment. As a church, we seek to come alongside those navigating marital problems and divorce by providing the support necessary for personal healing and marriage restoration when possible.  After a divorce has occurred, we will continue to provide care and will consider remarriage and participation in leadership roles at the church on an individual basis.

(See Matthew 5:31-33Matthew 9:4-10Mark 10:2-23Luke 16:18-19, and 1 Corinthians 7:12-15)