1) God is Spirit (John 4:24). He is invisible without body or parts and without limitations.
2) God has personality. This includes intelligence (Romans 11:33-34), will (Ephesians 1:11), reason (Isaiah 1:18), self-consciousness (Exodus 3: 14), self-determination (Genesis 1:26-27) and emotions (Ephesians 4:30).
3) God is a unity or oneness (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Timothy 2:5).
4) God is a trinity (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22; I John 5:6-8).
According to Genesis chapter one and John chapter one, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit were all involved in creation. The New Testament teaches more clearly the doctrine of the Trinity at Christ’s baptism (Luke 3:22), the great commission (Matthew 28:19) and the Apostolic Benediction (II Corinthians 13:14).The Trinity is one God manifested in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is deity. He is called God (Acts 5:3-4; I Corinthians 3: 16). He has the same attributes of God (Job 33:4; Psalm 139:7-8; Luke 1 :35; I Corinthians 2:10-11; Hebrews 9:14).
The Holy Spirit has a work in creation, the Old Testament and during Christ’s earthly life. Genesis 1:2 states that the Holy Spirit participated in the creation of the world and Genesis 2:7 states that He participated in the creation of man (Job 33:4; Psalm 139: 13-17). In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit would indwell men for special tasks (Genesis 41:38; Numbers 27:18), and then would leave (Judges 3: 10; I Samuel 10:9). He also inspired the prophets to write (II Peter 1 21-22). During Christ’s time on earth, men could now receive the indwelling of the Spirit by asking (Luke 11: 13). It was not until Christ returned to heaven that He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell believers permanently (John 14: 15-26).
The Holy Spirit has an active ministry in this present age. The following is our belief on the present ministry of the Spirit of God in this age.
1) Salvation – The Holy Spirit convicts (John 16:7), regenerates (Titus 3:5), baptizes (I Corinthians 12:13), seals (Ephesians 1:13-14) and fills (Ephesians 5:18).
2) Sanctification – The Holy Spirit is actively working in the life of believers, conforming them to the image of Christ (Roman 8:28-30). The believer can receive victory over sin by the power of the indwelling Spirit of Christ (Romans 6).
3) Gifts – Gifts are given to the believer when he is saved, sovereignty as the Holy Spirit wills (I Corinthians 12: 11). There are gifts that are still given today and some that have ceased with the completion of Scripture and the death of the apostles. The gifts of the Spirit are listed in Romans 12; I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4.
4) Tongues –Tongues were one of the gifts given at Pentecost (Acts 2). It was a sign gift given for unbelieving Jews and to confirm the Words spoken by the apostles Mark 16:16-20). We believe the gift of tongues ceased with the completion of Scripture and passing of the apostles (I Corinthians 13:8).
5) Healing –Healing was also a sign gift. Although, the Holy Spirit still heals today, it is not a gift given to men and came to an end with the death of the apostles and completion of Scripture. God’s present method of healing is found in James 5:13-16.
6) Baptism –We are baptized by the Holy Spirit at the time of salvation into the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13). This is a once for all ministry not to be repeated (Ephesians 4:5).
7) Filling –The filling of the Holy Spirit is commanded in Ephesians 5: 18 and is conditional upon the believer’s yielded spirit· to the Word of God. If the believer yields his heart to the Spirit of God through the Word of God (I Corinthians 3: 16), examines himself, confesses and repents of sin (I Corinthians 11:28), and begins to live in obedience to the Spirit (Acts 5:32), the Spirit of God will control his actions as well as his attitudes and this is “Spirit Filling”.
1) Christ’s Deity – Divine worship is given to Christ (Matthew 4: 1 0; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:6). He is given divine names such as God (John 1: 1; 20:28), Lord (Romans 10:9; Philippians 2: 11), Son of God (Mark 1: 1; Luke 1:35), etc. Jesus has the attributes of God and holds these divine offices – Creator, Upholder, Forgiver of sin, Giver of eternal life, Judge, and Resurrector of the dead. Jesus Christ has divine equality with God, He is equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19), the expressed image of the Living God (Hebrews 1:3). We believe that Jesus Christ is God Incarnate (God in human flesh) “For in Him (Christ) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead …” (Colossians 2:9).
2) Christ’s Humanity – Christ was not only deity, but he was humanity. He was 100% God and 100% man. He had a human birth (Matthew 1:20-23), human growth (Luke 2:40), human appearance (John 4:9), human limitations (Matthew 4:2) and human names (Acts 2:22), etc.
The purpose of Christ’s intercession is because He knows our limitations and, as our high priest, He prays for us and presents our petitions before the Father. He is our go-between (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; I John 2:1-2). Christ’s intercession is on the behalf of the saved, not the unsaved (John 17:9).
We do not believe in evolution, theistic evolution or the gap theory. We believe the triune God created the world in six literal, 24-hour days. God spoke it and it was so (Genesis 1:1-3).
Image and likeness are interchangeable terms (Genesis 5:3), indicating that man was created in a natural and moral likeness of God. When man sinned, he lost the moral likeness, which was his sinlessness, but the natural likeness of intellect, emotion and will he still retained (Genesis 9:6; James 3:9). Man and woman were created in sinless perfection, but they fell from this position. Eve was deceived and Adam sinned knowingly (I Timothy 2: 14). The sin was more than merely eating forbidden fruit; it was disobeying the revealed Word of God, believing the lie of Satan, and placing their will above God’s. Now the whole world is plunged into sinful darkness (Romans 5:12). Man’s nature is made up of body, soul, and spirit. The body returns to dust at death, but the soul and spirit live on (Ecclesiastes 12:7). All mankind possesses a sinful nature as a result of Adam’s fall (Galatians 5:24). We believe in the total depravity of man. We are by nature sinners, depraved and without God (Ephesians 2:3). The Scriptures fully describes man’s corruption. Man’s intellect (Romans 1:28; II Corinthians 4:4), his conscience (I Timothy 4:2), his will (Romans 1:28), his heart (Ephesians 4: 18 and his total being (Romans 1: 18-3:20), are all corrupted and totally depraved.
God’s part in election is foreordination and predestination according to His foreknowledge, in which men are made accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1 :3-12; 3:11). God draws us to salvation (John 6:44). Man’s responsibility is to accept, by faith, God’s finished work in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:12; Romans 10:9-13). We reject the false doctrine of Calvinsim.
1) Its Members – The members of the local church profess salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, must give evidence of a desire to live a consistent Christian life, and must be baptized by immersion.
2) Its Officers – The pastor is the one who oversees the entire administration of the church affairs. He shall be assisted by others such as assistant pastor” youth pastor, etc., if the church grows to where these officers are needed. The deacons will serve in the physical properties of the church, building, ground, repairs, etc. (Acts 6:1-4) so that the pastor may spend time in the Word and prayer. The pastor, assistants, and deacons shall also watch over the spiritual welfare of the church. They shall be involved in visitation, evangelism and the administration of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, etc.
3) Autonomous Church – The local church has the absolute right of self-government free from any interference of any hierarchy, individuals or organization. The one and only head is the Lord (Colossians 1: 18).
4) Indigenous Church – The church is self-propagating. It is made up of local members, not outsiders. It is not governed by outsiders, but by local members.
5) Its Ordinances – Ordinances are not a means of bestowing grace but are done in obedience and remembrance of our Lord. The ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The ordinances have been given to the church for the entire dispensation of the Church Age until Christ’s second coming. The requirement for baptism is profession of faith in Christ Jesus (Matthew 28: 19-20). The requirement for the Lord’s Supper is salvation, baptism, and a desire to confess all known sin unless one desires to drink damnation (judgment) unto himself (I Corinthians 11: 17-34).
6) Its Discipline – The church shall have the right at any time to dismiss from its membership any member who may be found guilty of willful violation of the church constitution and by-laws. The procedure in the case of church discipline shall be in accordance with Matthew 18: 15 -17.
7) Its Relationship to Other Churches of Like Faith – Fellowship will only take place between churches of like faith (doctrine) and practice (Acts 2:41-47; 4:32).
8) Its Purpose And Commission – The purpose of the church is the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4: 12-13). Their commission is to win the lost, baptize them, and bring them into the local church and train them to go out and disciple themselves (Matthew 28: 19-20).
9) Separation of Church and State – We believe very strongly in the separation of Church and State. Each has a definite and distinct sphere of responsibility (Matthew 22:21; Romans 13: 1-7). Fellowship Baptist Church is not a 501 C3 State Corporation.
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in constant misery until the second resurrection when with the soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15).
Civil government was established by God in Genesis 8:20; 9:7; Exodus 19:5-7. Romans 13 teach us that government officials are the ministers of God and as long as government does not go contrary to the direct teaching of God’s Word, we are to be in subjection to that authority (Acts 4: 18-20; 5:29). We should pay taxes, vote in elections, and get involved in local as well as national politics. If government officials are the ministers of God, why are God’s people afraid to be those ministers? As believers, we should not stand by while the unsaved, ungodly, humanistic atheists and liberals take over this great nation of ours. We must take our place of responsibility as citizens of the state. We may give allegiance to the state, but our supreme loyalty belongs [goes] to God and His Word.
Marriage is the union of one man and one woman as ordained by God. It was first instituted by God in the early chapters of Genesis (Gen. 2:21-25) and codified in the Levitical law (Lev. 20-21).
The Old Testament prophets compared it to the relationship between God and his people (Jer. 3:14) and examples of a one man one woman marital union are seen throughout the Old Testament books of the Law, History, Poetry, Major and Minor Prophets.
In the New Testament Jesus explained that God’s original design for marriage was between a man and a woman until death (Matt.19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12).
Several New Testament Epistles give explicit instructions concerning this union (Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18-19; I Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:6).
There are fifteen scriptural terms which identify, describe, and condemn the sin of homosexuality:
Marriage is a typology of Christ and the Church (Eph. 5:23-24). As such, the Church views marriage as a profound spiritual institution established by God. Due to the importance of marriage in the biblical witness, this church adopts the following policy.
We believe that marriages are an unbreakable Covenant relationship (Malachi 2:13-16). When a man and woman take the sacred vow of marriage, (Ecclesiastes 5:4-6) this vow unites them as one flesh in the eyes of God (Matthew 19:5-6). We believe that marriage is “till death do us part” (Romans 7:1-4). If a marriage separation does take place because of a divorce, the Scriptures clearly teach that one is to remain unmarried, or be reconciled to his or her husband or wife (I Corinthians 7:10-14). If one does remarry after a divorce, they have committed adultery in the eyes of the Lord and have broken God’s law of marriage (Romans 7:3; I Corinthians 7:39). This, like any sin can be forgiven by the “blood of Jesus Christ” (I John 1:7), but there will be life-long consequences as a result of violating God’s standard for marriage.
Following are what we believe to be the Baptist Distinctives: