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Philosophy of Ministry & Statement of Faith

Philosophy of Ministry & Statement of Faith

Our Purpose
 
In a Nutshell – “Making Fully Devoted Followers of Jesus”
 
Our Purpose Statement:  The purpose of Faith Fellowship is to glorify God by producing and developing disciples to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ who know God intimately and live for Him enthusiastically as commanded in God’s Word through Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Service, and Evangelism.
 
See Matthew 22:34-40;  Matthew 28:18-20;  Acts 2:41-47
 
Our Values
 
Foundational Values:  We want to be . . .

 

  • Biblical
  • Christ-Centered
  • Discipleship Oriented
  • Praying
 
Ministry Values:  We want to be . . .

 
  • Contemporary
  • Casual
  • Informal
  • Friendly
  • Relational
  • Loving
  • Community Oriented
  • Resourcing to Our Community
 
 Statement of Faith

 
  1.  The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and is without error in the original manuscripts.  It has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. 
 
See II Timothy 3:16-17;  II Peter 1:20-21;  Proverbs 30:5

 
  1.  The Trinity
We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons that are equal in every divine perfection, and they have distinct but harmonious functions in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
 
See Genesis 1:26-27;  3:22;  Psalm 90:2;  Matthew 28:19;  I Peter 1:2; 
II Corinthians 13:14

 
  1.  God The Father
We believe in God, the Father Who is an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love.  We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of all people, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
 
See Acts 17:29;  Exodus 4:22;  Matthew 3:17;  Galatians 3:26

 
  1.  Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit.  We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings.  We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
 
See Matthew 1:22-23;  Isaiah 9:6;  John 1:1-5;  14:10-30; 
Hebrews 4:14-15

 
  1.  The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.  He also came forth to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ.  We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide.
 
See John 14:16-17;  16:7-13;  Acts 1:8;  I Corinthians 3:16:  6:19;  Ephesians 1:13;  5:18

 
  1.  Regeneration
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and therefore, are under condemnation and dead spiritually.  We believe that those who repent of their sinful life and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior have been regenerated, made alive spiritually, by the Holy Spirit.
 
See Romans 3:23;  5:12;  6:23;  II Corinthians 5:21;  I Peter 2:24; 
John 1:12;  3:16-18;  Ephesians 2:1-10

 
  1.  The Church
We believe in the Universal Church which is a living spiritual Body of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members.  We believe in the Local Church, consisting of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized by immersion on a credible profession of faith, and joined together to be disciples and make disciples.
 
See Colossians 1:18;  I Corinthians 1:2;  Acts 2:41-47; 
Matthew 22:37-40;  28:19-20

 
  1. The Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has commanded two ordinances to the local church:  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  We believe that baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of The Father. The Son, and The Holy Spirit.  We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death.  The Bread represents His broken body, and the cup represents His shed blood.  We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
See Matthew 28:19;  Acts 2:41;  Romans 6:3-7; 
I Corinthians 12:13;  11:23-26

 
  1.  Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom.  We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of believers, and the endless suffering of non-believers.
 
See I Corinthians 15:51-54;  I Thessalonians 4:13-17;  Revelation 20