Belief Statement of FCC
1. THE SCRIPTURES
A. We believe that the Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure for divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and its contents are without error. It reveals the principles by which God judges us and redeems us. The Word of the Lord stands forever. It alone is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried(Ex. 24:4; Deut. 4:1-2; Joshua 1:8; Ps. 19:7-10, 119:11, 89, 105, 140; Is. 36:1, 40:8; Mt. 5:17-18; Luke 24:44-46; Rom. 15:4; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 4:12; 1 Pet. 1:25; 2 Pet. 1:19-21).
B. The Scripture is God's living and active Word to us today. Interpretation comes through the teaching of the Holy Spirit(Heb. 4:12; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
We believe that there is only one living and true God. He is a spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with distinct personal attributes, but without divisions of nature, essence, or being. He is unchanging in His essential being. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End (Rev. 1:8).
A. GOD THE FATHER
We believe God as Father reigns with sovereign care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purpose of His grace. He is all powerful, all loving, and all wise. He offers the unique relationship as Abba Father (Gen. l:l; Isaiah 64:8; Jer. 10:10; Matt. 23:9; John 4:24, 14:6‑13; I Cor. 8:6; Eph.4:6; I Tim. 1:17).
B. GOD THE SON
We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He is the living Word. In His Incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature identifying Himself completely with mankind, yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience; and in His death on the cross, He made provision for redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, in whose Person is affected the reconciliation of God and man. He baptizes with the Holy Spirit and fire. He delivers, heals and does greater things now through believers than He did when He was on the earth. He is our Hope, Peace, Shield, Strength, King, Lord and Advocate before the Father. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission (Ps. 2:7; Is. 53:1‑23; Mt. 1:18, 3:17, 16:16; Luke 22:70; John 1:1‑18, 11:25‑27, 14:6, 17:1; Acts 2:22‑24; Rom. 1:3‑4; Phil. 2:5‑I l; Col. 1:13‑22; I Thess. 4:14‑18; Heb. 7:25, 8:6, 9:15; Rev. 19:16).
C. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, the third person of the Godhead. He. is the Comforter, Enabler, Teacher, and Counselor. The Holy Spirit enables men to understand the truth. He was involved in Creation, He inspired the writers of the Scripture, and He caused the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary. He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He calls all men to the Savior. The Holy Spirit was given to the hearts of believers as a pledge and a seal of the future inheritance from God. He intercedes for believers by prayer in time of need and is the believer's Helper. He is given to believers to guide them in their growth in holiness (sanctification) and to empower Christians to be supernaturally equipped to perform ministry. He gives spiritual gifts to the believers to live out God's will for their lives and to be used in service to God. It is God's will that all Christians be filled with the Spirit resulting in a life characterized by the fruit of the Spirit (I Cor. 2:1‑11, 11‑13; I John 5:7; John 3:1‑8, 14:26, 16:8‑13; Gen. 1:2; II Peter 1:21; Luke 1:35, 6:811; II Cor 1:22; Rom. 8:26; Acts 2:14‑21; Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:16‑25, Rom. 12:6‑8, 1 Cor. 12:8‑12).
We believe that man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, likeness, and glory, and is the crowning work of His Creation. In the beginning, man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice he sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God and fell from his original innocence; whereby, his descendants inherit a sinful nature and environment and are transgressors under condemnation. Only the grace of God through His Spirit can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The dignity of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image and that Christ died for man; therefore, every man is worthy of respect and Christian love (Gen. 1:26‑30, 2:7, 3:11; Ps. 8:3‑6, 51:5; Is. 53:3.6; Jer. 17:5; Mt. 16:26; Rom. 3:10‑18,23, 5:6, 6:6, 23,7:14‑25; I Cor. 1:21‑31; Eph. 2:10).
We believe that every person who has lived, with the exception of Jesus Christ, is in need of personal deliverance from God's eternal judgment for his sinfulness, that is, his violation of God's will and falling short of God's perfect standards. Christ died as a full and sufficient payment for the sins of the entire world, and as a substitute for each man. Christ's shed blood is the only provision by which an individual may be delivered from the wrath of God. Salvation is a free gift of God which must be received by each individual through faith and trust in Christ's sacrifice on the cross alone, and not through self‑effort or human merit. Salvation includes: deliverance, healing, spiritual regeneration, adoption as sons of God, and justification by faith. God's purpose for each of His children is to conform them to the image of Christ which is a progressive process in which the Christian should respond in obedience to God's Word and cooperate with the Spirit's leading. Complete sanctification will not be attained in this life, but is received at the believer's death or rapture. Every Christian will stand for evaluation at the judgment seat of Christ to determine eternal rewards based on faithfulness in obedience to God subsequent to salvation. We believe that there is eternal security for the believer (Mt. 4:48; Rom. 8:3139, 3:24, 5:8, 6:23; Eph. 2:1‑10; Rom. 3:9‑28; Heb. 10:1‑14, 26‑31; John 10:25‑30, 14:6, 17:17; Acts 4:12, 13:38‑39, 16:31; lI Cor. 5:9‑10, 5:18‑21, 3:18, 7:1; Gal. 2:16; Col. 2:67; I Thess. 5:23; I John 3:2‑3; I Cor. 3:10‑15; Rev. 3:5, 22:18‑19; II Peter 3:17).
5. THE BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the experience of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit was first foretold by John the Baptist. He said that Jesus would be the One to baptize in this way. Jesus also told the disciple before He ascended that He would do this. We believe the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is an outpouring of God's power upon believers and is manifested through the gifts and the fruit of the Spirit. We believe it can happen at conversion or subsequent to conversion. (John 1:33, 20:22; Luke 3:16; Acts 1:4‑5, 15, 2:1‑4, 14‑33, 8:9‑17, 9:1‑19, 10:44‑48, 19:1‑7, Matt. 3:11, Acts 1:8, I Cor. 12:8‑10, Gal 5:22‑23)
6. THE CHURCH
We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who, through saving faith in Jesus
Christ, have been born again. Membership in the universal Church is without regard of membership or non‑membership in the organized churches or denominations of Earth. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church (I Cor. 12:12, Eph. 4:4, John 3:3‑5, John 1:12).
We believe one of the primary functions of the local church is to bring God's saints to spiritual maturity and equip them for the work of the ministry. Every believer is a priest and has equal standing with God. Scriptural offices, qualifications, and duties as defined in the epistles of Paul are Pastors (bishops and elders), deacons, and deaconesses. Other offices set forth in Scripture include but are not limited to: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists and Teachers (Eph. 4:11).
We believe the church has the two ordinances every believer should observe:
a. Water baptism by immersion b. The Lord's supper
(Eph. 4:11; I Cor. 12; Rom. 12:4; John 1:12, Matt. 3:13‑17, Acts 8:38‑39, John 6:56, I Cor. 11:23‑34, I Peter 2:5).
We believe sin is lawlessness or a transgression of God's will, either by omitting to do what God requires or by doing what He forbids. The transgression can occur in thought, word, or deed. Breaking God's law at any point involves transgression at every
point. Anything done without the belief that it is within God's will is considered sin (I John 3:4,15; Mt. 5:22,28; Rom. 1:32, 14:23; James 2:10). "Whatever is not from faith is sin" Rom. 14:23b. Refer to doctrine of man statement.
We believe that grace is the provision of God's unconditional love, forgiveness, acceptance, affection, and affirmation in and through Jesus Christ. Grace is God's love in action. It is motivated by His love for us and not because of worthiness on our part. Grace is freely given, undeserved, and unrepayable. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our need for God by grace. By grace we enter into a relationship with God through faith in Jesus. By grace we walk with God and are able to accomplish the good works He has prepared for us (Eph. 2:8‑10, I Cor. 15:10).
We believe angels are spiritual beings created by God to serve and worship Him. Angels are messengers as well as ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation (Luke 1, 22:43; Heb. 1:14, 13:2).
Lucifer, an angel of high rank, sinned through pride and became Satan. He is the active enemy of God and God's people, opposing and exalting himself above God. Many angels followed Satan, became demons, and are active as Satan's agents in the world (Is. 14:1215; Ezek. 28:14‑17; II Thess. 2:4; Rev. 12:4).
10. FUTURE THINGS
We believe all Christians, living and dead, will meet the Lord in the air at the trumpet of God and will forever be with Him. In the future, Christ will return in bodily form to the earth in power and glory to receive His Kingdom. All unbelievers and fallen angels will be judged and condemned to hell forever. All believers will be judged but will enter into the presence of God in the Eternal Kingdom of the New Heaven and New Earth (I Thess. 4:17; Zech. 14:4; Rev. 20:15, 21:1, 7‑8, I Cor. 15:24‑25, I Cor. 5:10).