Our Beliefs

As it relates to theology and doctrine, Faith Community Bible Church references two key documents: Our Statement of Faith and our Doctrinal Statement.
These two documents function at FCBC to provide a general guideline for what we want to absolutely insist upon (Statement of Faith) and what we don’t want to teach against (Doctrinal Statement). Together these two documents help us to theologically accomplish our mission statement.

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Statement of Faith

Doctrinal Statement:
The Scriptures
The Gospel
The Church
Church Practices
End of the Age

Statement of Faith

  • We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, Word of God, sufficient and authoritative for all matters of faith, life, and godliness.
  • We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three distinct persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe Jesus Christ is fully man and fully God, lived a perfect life, died a substitutionary death on the cross for the sins of the world, was buried and after three days rose from the dead, conquering death, and is now seated at the right hand of God.
  • We believe all men are sinners, falling short of the glory of God, and are in need of salvation from sin and its consequences.
  • We believe that salvation is by God’s grace, mercy, and faith alone, through the preaching of the gospel, repentance, and the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe every believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and is able and expected to walk in the newness of the Spirit by obeying God and growing in Christ-likeness.
  • We believe that salvation includes regeneration which produces increasing obedience and transformation into the image of Christ.
  • We believe in the future resurrection of those who have died, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to eternal punishment.
  • We believe in the universal church whereby all true believers are united through faith in Christ according to the truth of God’s Word.
  • Jesus Christ will come again to the earth — personally, visibly and bodily — to consummate the eternal plan of God.

Doctrinal Statement

The Scriptures
The Bible, which consists of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament, is the complete written Word of God.[1] The Scriptures are the supreme authority for Christian life, practice, and doctrine comprising the record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. The Scriptures are both fully[2] and verbally[3] inspired by God. Therefore, as originally given, the Bible is free of error in all it teaches leading us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. All believers are exhorted to study the Scriptures[4] in humility asking the Holy Spirit to remove spiritual blindness so that they can diligently apply God’s truth to their lives. Every doctrinal formulation, whether of creed, confession, or theology must be put to the test of the full counsel of God in Scripture. The truth of Scripture stands in judgment over men; never do men stand in judgment over the Scripture.[5] Key Texts: Ps 19:7-9; 2 Tim 3:16; Heb 4:12.

God is Three Persons in One
There is one God who exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.[6] In the unity of the Godhead each person is co-existent, co-equal, and co-eternal. God is infinite, almighty, sovereign, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and perfect in holiness. Key Texts: Deut 6:4; Isa 44:6-7.

God the Father
God the Father has always been and is the Creator of all things. He orders and disposes all things for His glory according to His own purpose and grace. He is the only absolute omnipotent ruler in the universe and is completely sovereign overall. He has freely decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass, and His plans and purposes cannot be thwarted. He continually upholds, directs, and governs all.[7] Key Texts: Gen 1:1-31; 1 Chr 29:11-12; Dan 4:34-35; Jer 32:17.

God the Son
Jesus Christ was always with God, is God, and existed before all things. All things came into being through Him and are held together by the word of His power. He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation, and in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily. The man Jesus was supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, fully God, and fully man. He perfectly obeyed His heavenly Father and lived a sinless life. He is the only Savior for the sins of the world having shed His blood and died a substitutionary death on a cross thereby reconciling us to God. Having redeemed us from sin, He rose bodily from the grave, was victorious over death, and ascended into heaven where He intercedes for us. He is the head of the church and rules as Lord over all. Key Texts: Mt 1:23; Phil 2:5-8; Col 1:15-17.

God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit was always with God, is God, and existed before all things. He was sovereignly active in creation, the incarnation, the written revelation, and is active in the illumination, the work of salvation, the process of sanctification,[8] and the gifting of believers. Bringing about the new birth of sinners in faith, He forms, unites, and completes[9] the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit awakens, transforms, empowers, and equips believers to glorify God.
While all genuine believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit at conversion, the New Testament indicates the importance of an ongoing, empowering work of the Spirit after conversion as well. Being indwelt by the Spirit and being filled with the Spirit are theologically distinct experiences. The Holy Spirit desires to fill each believer continually with increased power for Christian life and witness and imparts His supernatural gifts for the edification of the body and for various works of ministry in the world. It is important to affirm that one of the purposes of the miraculous sign gifts associated with the first century church was to authenticate the apostolic message in establishing the church; however, Scripture does not preclude God from working in individuals today through any gift of His choosing. The Scriptures encourage all believers to submissively seek gifts. Key Texts: Gen 1:2; John 3:5-8; Rom 8:9-11; 1 Cor 2:10-16; 2 Pet 1:19-21.

God created men and women with unique genders[10] and different roles[11] as an expression of His own image[12] - the crown of all creation.[13] Even though men and women were designed to glorify God and to have fellowship with Him,  mankind rebelled against God.[14] Being estranged from his Maker, yet responsible to Him, he fell under divine wrath.[15] Man became inwardly depraved and utterly incapable of returning to God apart from a special work of grace. This depravity is radical and pervasive, extending to his mind, will and affections.[16] Unregenerate man lives under the dominion of sin and Satan, at enmity with God, hostile toward God, and hateful of God. All people, whatever their character or attainments, are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ. Key Texts: Jer 17:9; Jn 6:44; Rom 1:18-32; 3:9-20; Eph 2:1-3.
The Gospel
The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ died a substitutionary and propitiatory[17] death as the once for all sacrifice to God for our sins and overcame death by rising again to life. This sacrifice satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice, appeases His holy wrath, demonstrates His mysterious love, and reveals His amazing grace. This free gift of salvation is provided by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, for the glory of God alone.
Man’s response to the gospel is rooted and grounded in the free and unconditional election of God for His own pleasure and glory.[18] It is also true that the message of the gospel is only effectual to those who genuinely repent of their sins, and by God’s grace, put saving faith in Christ.[19]
Anyone trusting in Christ receives the gift of eternal life and is declared righteous by God.[20] Through the gospel a repentant sinner is justified, fully accepted by God, reconciled to God, adopted as His child, forgiven the debt of his sin, and liberated from the law of sin and death.[21] Key Texts: Rom 1:16; 3:21-26; 1 Cor 15:1-4; Heb 10:1-18; 1 Pet 1:3-5.

The Holy Spirit is the active agent in our sanctification seeking to produce His fruit in us as our minds are renewed and our beings are conformed to the image of Christ. Though indwelling sin remains a reality, we grow in the knowledge of the Lord as we are led by the Spirit. The grace He provides freely enables us to keep His commandments and endeavor to live in the world that all people may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven. Believers are exhorted to persevere in the faith knowing they will give an account to God for their every thought, word and deed. The spiritual disciplines, especially Bible study, prayer, worship, and confession, are a vital means of grace[22] in this regard. Nevertheless, the believer’s ultimate confidence to persevere is based in the sure promise of God to preserve His people until the end which is most certain. Key Texts: Rom 8; Eph 5:27; Heb 12:14.

The Church
There is one universal Church, composed of all who in every time and place are chosen in Christ and united to Him through faith by the Spirit in one Body with Christ Himself as the all-sustaining and all-authoritative Head. We believe that the ultimate purpose of the Church is to glorify God forever.
It is God’s will that the universal Church find expression in local churches in which believers gather to hear the Word of God proclaimed, to engage in corporate worship, to baptize new believers, and partake in Lord’s Supper. Each member of the body is called to exercise his/her spiritual gifts in building one another's faith by encouraging, loving, exhorting, discipling one another, and engaging in evangelism of the lost. Key Texts: Acts 1:8; 2:42; 1 Cor 12:4-11; Eph 2:19-22; Col 1:18; 3:16-17; Heb 10:23-25.

Church Practices
The two church practices given by Jesus include water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper, neither of which impart merit or saving grace.
Water baptism, intended for true believers who have been saved by the work of Christ, is an act of obedience and a visual demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that the power of sin is broken, vividly depicting a believer’s newness of life. Key Texts: Mt 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; 8:34-39; Rom 6:3-11.
The Lord’s Supper is a regular reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice intended for those who have become followers of Christ symbolizing Christ’s sacrifice in the giving of His body[23] and the shedding of His blood on our behalf. As we partake of the Lord’s Supper with an attitude of faith and self-examination, we remember and proclaim the death of Christ until He comes. Key Texts: Mt 26:26-29; 1 Cor 11:23-34.

End of the Age
In fulfillment of God’s historical purpose for humanity to rule and establish God’s kingdom on earth, the Scriptures teach a millennial reign of Christ with His saints on earth following His literal return. The nation of Israel, having been redeemed, will play a central role in bringing the blessings of salvation to all nations during the millennium in fulfillment of biblical prophecies. Following the millennium, this kingdom will be merged into the eternal kingdom. Key Texts: Gen. 1:28; Ps. 8:4-8; Matt. 6:10; Heb. 2:6-9; Is. 2:1-4; 11:1-12; Jer. 23:5-6; Ezek. 37; Amos 9:9-15; Zech. 14; Matt. 19:28; Acts 1:6; 3:19-21; Rev. 20:4-6; 1 Cor. 15:22-28.

  • [1] In making this statement we are denying any biblical authority contained in non-canonical books or extra-biblical apocryphal documents or any other religious books such as the Koran or Book of Mormon.  The 66 books of the Bible alone contain the authoritative words of God.
  • [2] This is the same concept as plenary.  The word plenary means “full” or “complete.”
  • [3] The term “verbally inspired” does not mean that God verbally spoke every word to the writers of Scripture.  Rather, the word verbal affirms the idea that inspiration extends to the very words the writers chose.
  • [4] The truth of God’s Word is couched in a fixed historical reality and is communicated using normal rules of grammar; therefore, a grammatical-historical hermeneutic is used to determine textual meaning.
  • [5] When we say that the words of Scripture are ultimately self-attesting this is an acknowledgment of God’s unabashed claim to preeminence.  The Bible is not validated as God’s words by appealing to a higher form of authority like human intellect or human understanding of science because then the Bible is no longer the absolute authority.  The thing to which we appeal becomes more reliable than the Word of God.  All ultimate forms of authority must, by definition, appeal to themselves.
  • [6] The Bible speaks of the Father as God (Phil 1:2), Jesus as God (Titus 2:13), and the Holy Spirit as God (Acts 5:3-4).  The Trinity is not a belief in three gods, nor a belief that God is one person who took three consecutive roles.  Instead, it is one God, who exists as three Persons.  Each Person is not just a part of God, but each is fully God and equally God.  Within God's one undivided being is the expression of three Persons.  The distinctions within the Godhead are not distinctions of His essence, nor are they additions to His essence, but they are the unfolding of God's one, undivided being into three real Persons.
  • [7] The belief in God's sovereignty means that nothing escapes God’s notice, not a molecule spins without His permission and not a grasshopper dies apart from His decree.  He not only knows of every interpersonal interaction, every private thought, every conversation, every “accident,” every argument, every sin, every “natural” disaster, every physical injury, every disease, every hurting heart, but He orchestrates all these things together for His sovereign good purposes.  The implications are massive and humbling!
  • [8] The fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5 is evidence of divine assistance in overcoming the sin nature.
  • [9] The ministry of the Spirit in both the Old and New Testament is multifaceted.  Other ministries of the Spirit include sealing for the day of redemption (Eph 1:13), assurance ( Rom 8:16; Eph 1:14), etc.
  • [10] The Bible teaches that God created men and women biologically distinct (Gen. 1-2). Furthermore, the doctrine of creation points to the doctrine of salvation, that is, humanity restored and redeemed. This implies that Christians are to glorify God with our bodies because they were both created and purchased by Him (1 Cor. 6:20). This purchase comprises the whole person (2 Cor. 5:17). Therefore, we are called to honor the Lord Jesus and to submit to Him our sexual desires as well as our conduct (Matt. 5:28; Gal. 5:19–21; Eph. 4:22–24; Col. 3:5; 1 Thess. 4:1–8). We are to flee all forms of sexual immorality (1 Cor. 6:18; Eph. 5:3–5; 1 Thess. 4:1–8). We are to embrace God's design for gender norms as they were originally intended (Deut. 22:5; 1 Cor. 6:9; 11:3–16; 1 Tim. 2:9). Christians believe that we are not our own and that we owe every facet of our existence—our gender expression, our roles, and our sexuality—to Jesus Christ (Col. 1:15–20). The Elders of FCBC affirm the Nashville Statement. See affirmations: https://cbmw.org/nashville-statement/
  • [11] The Elders of FCBC affirm the Danvers Statement and believe God is honored in valuing and promoting complementarian roles within marriage and the church.  See affirmations:  https://cbmw.org/about/danvers-statement/
  • [12] “In His image” implies without sin according to Gen 1:26-28.
  • [13] “Crown of all Creation” refers to the fact that God created man unique and different than the rest of creation.  Man was created with attributes that plants and animals do not possess, namely, will, reason and morality.  These “crowning” features enable man to worship his Creator.  
  • [14] The fall as recorded in Genesis 3 documents the entrance of evil into the world; however, its origin is a question that is difficult to answer.  Adam and Eve were certainly culpable since they were justly punished for their rebellion; but, they did not act without Satan's condemning and deceiving influence.  God who cannot be condemned or accused of evil was aware that His creation was capable of evil and did not intervene.
  • [15] This sentence of judgment extends from Adam to all mankind according to Rom 5:12.
  • [16] The doctrine of total depravity does imply that we are evil to the highest degree, yet it is true that man does not always live up to his full capacity of sin.  This doctrine states that we are totally affected by sin including our intellects, emotions, desires, hearts, goals, motives, and even our physical bodies.  The most serious implication of this total depravity is that we are unable to seek God (Ps 14:1; Rom 3:10-12, etc.).
  • [17] The word expiation, beginning with the prefix “ex” means “out of” or “from.”  It means to remove something.  In biblical theology it has to do with taking away or removing guilt by means of paying a ransom, and/or offering an atonement, thus paying the penalty for something.  Consequently, the act of expiation removes the problem by paying for it in order to satisfy a demand.  Propitiation deals with the object of the expiation.  The prefix “pro,” means “for.”  Therefore, propitiation is what brings about a change in God’s attitude toward us, restoring our fellowship and favor with Him.  In a sense, propitiation points to God's appeasement and demonstrates his love and lack of anger for us.  In summary, propitiation is the result of expiation, and expiation is the act that results in God changing His attitude toward us because of what Christ accomplished on the cross.  It is the difference between the ransom that is paid and the attitude of the One receiving the ransom.
  • [18] God has had a special love relationship with the elect from all eternity, and on the basis of that love relationship, chose them for salvation (Eph 1).  The ultimate question of why God chose some for salvation and not others is one that we, with our finite knowledge, cannot answer.  We know that God's attributes are in perfect harmony, so that God's sovereignty will likewise be in perfect harmony with His other attributes of goodness, love, wisdom, and justice.
  • [19] Repentance is evidenced by an obedient, changed life.  However, neither repentance nor works save; a person must be willing to deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow Christ, or he cannot become His disciple.
  • [20] This means that the righteousness of Christ was imputed to the elect while the sin of the elect was imputed to Christ.
  • [21] According to Romans 8, freedom from the law of sin and death is functionally equivalent to walking in the Spirit.
  • [22] The phrase “means of grace” refers to the tools God gives us to know Him better and fellowship with Him.  Because closer fellowship with God always results in God’s grace being poured out upon believers, we call these practices “means of grace.”
  • [23] The Bible uses the word “crush” to describe the agony Jesus, the Messiah, absorbed from the hand of the Father (Is 53:1-12).  But this metaphorical language is not to be confused with the clear statements in prophecy and the historical record that no bones in Jesus’ body were broken (Jn 19:36).