ARTICLE II - OBJECT
The object of this church is to glorify God in the salvation of souls, the edification of Christian's through the teaching of God's Word, the world-wide proclamation of God's saving grace, the promotion of Godly worship, the defense of the "faith once for all delivered," and cooperation with Christian activity functioning in harmony with God's Holy Word, the Bible, until He comes.
We will seek by God's grace to obey the Holy Spirit's command to "... have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness ..." Ephesians 5:11. We believe that this requires separation from any organization whose teachings and/or practices are contrary to the direct and clear teaching of the Word of God. Therefore, we refrain from participation in programs which involve a working relationship with any group affiliated with the National Council of Churches of Christ in America, the Church of Christ Uniting, the World Council of Churches, or any other group whose doctrinal position and testimony is at variance with our statement of Belief, or which would tend to vitiate our convictions as to the teaching of the Word of God.
ARTICLE III - STATEMENT OF BELIEF
1. We believe that the whole Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is verbally inspired of God and inerrant in the original writings, and is the supreme and final authority in faith and life.
2. We believe in one God, Creator of heaven and earth, Spirit, Light, Love, and Truth, Eternal, Almighty, Infallible and Unchangeable, Infinitely Wise, Just and Holy; and that God eternally exists and manifests Himself to us in three persons: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, the eternal Word manifested in flesh. We believe that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary and that He is true God and true man. We believe in His vicarious, substitutionary and redeeming death, Christ receiving in Himself the penalty of man's sin. We believe in his bodily resurrection, in His ascension and His personal, imminent and premillennial return for His redeemed ones, followed by His coming in glory to judge the rebellious and to establish His millennial reign. We believe Christ is the only mediator between God and man and the only advocate and intercessor before God in behalf of man.
4. We believe in the Holy Spirit, in His personality, that He is God; and we believe that his work is to convict men of sin, to regenerate, indwell and empower the believer day by day. We believe He is the teacher of God's Word and the guide for the daily life.
5. We believe that man was created pure and in the image of God and that he sinned, and therefore incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word and deed. Such condition necessitated for him the experience of the new birth. We believe man is justified by faith alone in Christ's finished work.
6. We believe in the eternal and everlasting blessedness of the saved and the eternal judgment and punishment of all who reject our Lord Jesus Christ; this is the "second death," and "whosoever was not found in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:14 - 15
7. We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the author of the fall, and that he shall be eternally punished.
8. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the lost to judgment and everlasting punishment.
10. We believe that the church of Jesus Christ is composed solely of those who have been redeemed and washed in His blood, and regenerated and sealed by the Holy Spirit and that they are saved to serve; and that it is the responsibility and privilege of all who are saved to seek to win others to Christ "to the uttermost part of the earth;" that they must seek to live a holy life, to separate themselves from and forsake all that might dishonor God, cast discredit on His cause, or weaken their testimony.
11. We subscribe to the statements in the Apostle's Creed.
ARTICLE IV - STATEMENT OF BELIEF - ADDENDA
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial work of the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood and are in possession of a salvation which is eternally secure. (John 3:3-16; Acts 16:31; 2 Cor 5:17- 19; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 6:23; Colossians 2:13; 1 John 5:10-15)
We believe that justification is an act of God's grace wherein He remits the penalty of sin for man and restores the believer to His favor only by the righteousness of Jesus Christ which is imputed to him and received by him in faith alone. (Acts 13:38; Romans 8:1, 4:5, 5:12-21; John 1:12; Gal 2:16, 20; 3:26; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
SECTION C: SANCTIFICATION
We believe that sanctification (to be "set apart") is the process by which God makes us partakers of his holiness, that it is a progressive work that is begun in regeneration and continued in our hearts by the work of the Holy Spirit in connection with Bible reading, self-examination, watchfulness and prayer, and is completed at the return of Christ for his own. Every born-again believer possesses two natures: spiritual and carnal, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Romans 6:13, 7:14-25, 8:12-13; I Cor. 6:11; 2 Peter 3:18; Galatians 5:16-25; 1 Thess. 3:13; 1 John 3:2)
We believe that all Christians are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation and that all believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, irrespective of any outward, physical signs, e.g., speaking in tongues, etc. However, the Scriptures command all Christians to be constantly filled with, or controlled by, the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:5, 6:1-10, 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16, 6:19, 12:13; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 5:18)
SECTION E: THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that a local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws independent and self-governing, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, and that the one and only Head is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for churches of like faith and practice to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; and that on all matters of membership, of government, discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final (Acts 2:41-42, 2:17-28, 15:13-18; 1 Corinthians 11:12; Ephesians 1:21,23; 4:11, 5:23-24; 1 Tim 3:17)
1. We believe that Biblical baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is an outward, physical symbol of an inward, spiritual transaction, which took place at the moment of our salvation when God the Holy Spirit baptized us into the body of Christ.
2. We believe that Christ instituted the Lord's Supper to commemorate His death until He comes, that participation should be preceded always by solemn self-examination, and that all believers are invited thusly to the Lord's Supper. (Acts 8:26-39; Romans 6:1-5; Col. 2:12; 1 Cor. 11:23-32, 12:13; Ephesians 4:5; Luke 22:19; Matthew 26:27)
We believe that the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to catch up His people to meet Him in the air is imminent, i.e., that the rapture of all believers will precede the 70th week of Daniel, commonly referred to as the tribulation.
We believe in the personal and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ to set up his Kingdom on earth and that this will take place following the tribulation. (Matthew 24:30, 37-44, 25:1-13; Luke 21:27; Acts 3:19-21; Hebrews 9:28; James 5:7-8; 1 Thess 4:13-18, 1 Thess 5:2-3; 2 Thess 1:7-10; 1 John 3:1-2; Revelation 1:7,19; 22:12-20; Psalm 89:3-4, 19-37; Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5-8; Daniel 2:34, 44; Zechariah 14:4)
We believe in obedience to the Biblical command to separate entirely from attitudes of worldliness and ecclesiastical apostasy unto God. (2 Corinthians 6:14; 7:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 1 Timothy 6:3-5; Romans 16:17; 2 John 9-11)
SECTION I: MARRIAGE
We believe that the Bible teaches that God established marriage as only between man and a woman (Genesis 2:24; Matt 19:4,50, and that all sexual conduct outside the bonds of marriage is sin (1 Cor 6:9,10) with fornication, adultery, homosexuality and bestiality all being described by God as abominations (Lev 18:6-30). We further believe that the physical condition in which a person is born, including their gender, is established by God (Ex 4:11; Jn 9:3), therefore claims of innate sexual confusion are false and transvestism and its related perversions including sex change operations are abominations before God (Deut 22:5). We further believe that declaring God’s Word and warning people of the temporal and eternal consequences of their sins, including sexual perversions, is an act of loving concern. God’s word remains true and His prohibitions, including those on sexual perversions and immoralities, cannot be satisfied or amended by any human government authority. In conclusion, we believe the marriage ceremony is an act of worship before God and others. Therefore, all marriages performed at Faith Bible Church will only be conducted for those who will fully agree with the doctrinal content of this Constitution.