We hope you find Faith Bible Church to be a place where any person from anywhere from any background can belong, be loved, and grow closer to Jesus Christ. As a non-denominational Bible church, we preach through the Bible to see what Jesus has to say to us. We also highly value community, deep relationships between all ages and all backgrounds, all worshiping together–singing both hymns and new songs. It’s fairly common for someone to walk into Faith Bible Church and say “It just feels like family.” We would be honored to have you come for a visit.
MISSION: making disciples of every generation
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, NIV)
We are committed to “making disciples” of all ages and all nations. A disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ, who is always growing in love and obedience to Him. So we want to help our members grow. But what does growth look like? At Faith Bible Church, we use these 3 Scriptural principles to guide us:
- The Great Commandment, “Love God” (Matt 22:37)
- The 2nd Greatest Commandment, “Love Others” (Matt 22:39)
- The Great Commission, “Go Out” (Matt 28:19-21).
We want to help our members grow in these three areas:
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Authority of Scripture – We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the authoritative and trustworthy rule of faith and practice for Christians. The Bible is both timeless and timely, and is relevant to the common needs of all people and to specific problems of contemporary living. Therefore we are committed to equipping Christians to follow the Lord Jesus Christ in every sphere of life through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word with integrity and authority. – 2 Tim 3.16-17; Is 40.8; Ps 119.105; 2 Pet 1.19; 2 Tim 4.2.
Supremacy of Christ – We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the church. We believe that He is the living Son of God, fully human and fully divine, and the Second Member of the Trinity. We believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sins, was resurrected three days later, ascended into heaven, and lives today. We are committed to knowing Him and making Him known to others, and to abiding by his teachings and commandments. We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. – 2 Tim 4.2; Jn 10.36; Rom 1.4; Jn 10.30; 1 Cor 15.1-8; Eph 4.10; Jer 9.24; Php 3.8-11; Jn 15.4- 10; Eph 2.8-9.
Discipleship – We believe that the primary purpose of the church is to make disciples, and that the goal of our spiritual formation is to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ calls believers to be disciples and that discipleship is a lifelong pursuit and journey. We believe that discipleship begins with personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and continues throughout a believer’s life, with full maturity never being achieved in this lifetime. Mt 28.18-20; Rom 8.29-30; Rom 3.21-26; Php 1.6.
Love God and One Another – We are committed to loving God and loving others. This love should manifest itself in unity within the local church and outreach to those who do not know Christ as savior. We believe that the world will know that we are His disciples by our love for one another and will know that Christ came as the Savior by our unity with one another. Mk 12.28- 31; Col 3.14; Mt 28.18-20; Jn 14.15; Jn 13.35; Jn 17.20-21.
Ministry Excellence – We value giving our best in service to God because he gave his best: Jesus Christ as the Sacrifice for sin. Therefore, we will seek to honor and glorify Him by maintaining a high standard of excellence in all our ministries and activities. 1 Cor 10.31; Col 3.22-24.
Prayer – We believe prayer is a privilege granted and a responsibility required by our Lord. Prayer is an honest, humble, and earnest calling out to God to perform what only he can bring to pass. Through prayer we acknowledge our dependence on God, exalt Him, seek His guidance, confess our sins, and petition Him for our needs and the needs of others. Ps 32.6; Mt 6.9-13; Eph 6.18; 1 Thes 5.17.
Stewardship – We are committed to managing all resources entrusted to us by God. All things are His and He has appointed us to faithfully administrate His creation. We have a Scriptural duty and obligation to manage those resources and will one day be held accountable for our stewardship. We recognize that all things – including our time, talents, and treasures – are to be used for the glory of God and the furtherance of his Kingdom. 1 Co 4.1-2; Tit 1.7; 1 Pet 4.10.
Family Affirmation – We are committed to supporting the spiritual nurture of the family as one of God’s primary institutions to perpetuate the faith. This includes, but is not limited to, the instruction of children and the facilitation of marriages and family relationships that reflect the reality of Jesus Christ and His church. Gen 2.24; Deu 6.6-7; Mt 19.4-6; Eph 5.22-32.
Elder Leadership – Leadership in the church is not authority as the world understands it. Jesus Christ modeled what a true godly leader is when he washed His disciples feet with His own clothes, and when He died on the cross in our place. The historical examples set by our Lord and the Apostles stands against the way the world sees leadership and authority. In Matthew 23 Christ compares the way religious leaders in His time behaved with the way the church would live: “Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them ‘Rabbi.’ “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.” Alexander Strauch, author of Biblical Eldership, describes the early church as a brotherhood not a heirarchy. “In complete obedience to Christ’s teaching on humility and brotherhood, the first Christians and their leaders resisted special titles, sacred clothes, chief seats, and lordly terminology to describe their community leaders. They also chose an appropriate leadership structure for their local congregations–leadership by a council of elders. The first Christians found within their biblical heritage a structure of government that was compatible with their new family and theological beliefs.” Faith Bible Church is likewise set apart from the common practices of denominations and worldly authority. While our foundational documents do assign the titles of Senior Pastor, Elder, and Deacon to its leaders these positions are defined in the biblical tradition, not the tradition of modern churches. Church leaders are servants, appointed by Christ (Ephesians 4) to promote order and biblically sound teaching in the church. They are called to be “first among equals”, to enable the church for every good thing God has called us to do.
The Bible – We believe the Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is God’s revelation to us, written by human authors who were supernaturally guided by the Holy Spirit. As the very word of God, it is without error in the original manuscripts, and serves as our supreme and final authority in all matters about which it speaks. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
The Trinity – We believe God is One, the only God, eternally existing in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each completely and fully God. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 3:21-22; 2 Cor. 13:13; Eph. 4:4-6)
God the Father – We believe the Father is fully God, and His fatherhood is eternal and personal. He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of all who believe in Christ. (Gen. 1:1; Matt. 6:9; 2 Cor. 1:3; Eph. 4:6)
God the Son – We believe Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God, equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He is fully God and fully man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as the perfect, complete sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He physically rose from the dead, demonstrating His victory over sin and death, and ascended to heaven where He is at the throne of the Father, interceding for us. He will one day return to earth to reign over His kingdom as King of Kings. (Matt. 1:18-25; John 1:1-2, 14; 3:16-18; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 5:8; 1 Cor. 15:20; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:20; Phil. 2:5-11; Heb. 4:14-15; 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2)
God the Holy Spirit – We believe the Holy Spirit is equal in deity and person with the Father and the Son. As the living Spirit, He moved the human authors of the Bible to write God’s Word. He convinces the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, performs the miracle of new birth, and comes to live in every Christian the moment they trust in Jesus Christ. He unites all Christians into the one Body of Christ, providing each of them with power for service, understanding of spiritual truths, and comfort in life’s trials. (Jn. 3:3-8; 14:16-17; 16:7- 11; Acts 5:3-4; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 2:13; 12:11-13; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
Humanity – We believe all people are created in the image of God, to be like Him in character. However, we are all marred by sin, both from Adam’s original sin as well as our own sinful acts. Our sin alienates us from God, makes us liable for His judgment, and ultimately results in eternal death apart from God’s salvation. (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 1:18-23; 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:18-19; 1 Pet. 1:15-16)
Salvation – We believe salvation is God’s gracious gift, offered to all people, which we must accept. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ alone can we be forgiven for our sin, overcome our alienation from God, and be saved from God’s judgment. The moment we turn from our self-ruled life to Jesus Christ in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one places his faith in Christ, and it can never be lost or taken away. At salvation, we are justified by God, meaning that we are declared positionally righteous before God because of our identification with Jesus Christ. (Jn. 1:12-13; 6:37-40; 10:28-29; Acts 16:31; 2 Cor. 5:18-19; Eph. 1:7, 13; 2:8-9)
The Christian Life – Before salvation, we were enslaved to sin, but at salvation the dominant power of sin in our lives is broken. Beginning at salvation, God begins to progressively work within believers to make us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives. The Christian life is a process of cooperating with God’s sanctifying work in our lives by our obedience to Christ and deepening our relationship with Him. It is God’s will that we continually grow over the course of our lives until we get to heaven and then are made perfect in Christ. (1 Cor. 6:11; Rom. 6:1-8, 39; 1 Thess. 5:23; Phil 1:6, 2:13)
Eternity – We believe people were created to exist forever, and we believe in the bodily resurrection of all people. Unbelievers will be raised to exist eternally separated from God by sin in Hell, and believers will be raised to exist eternally with God in heaven, through forgiveness of sin & salvation. (Dan. 12:2; Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:13-14)
The Church – We believe the Church is the family of God, the Body of Christ and the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that it is expressed in local churches. It was created by God to display His glory on the earth by reaching out to people who do not know Him, lifting up worship to Him, loving one another as His family, growing in maturity to be like Christ, and serving others in His name. We believe that the Church is the primary instrument through which God is working in the world today. The Church celebrates baptism and the Lord’s Supper until Christ returns. (Matt. 26:26-29; 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Cor. 3:16-17; 12:27; 2 Cor. 6:18; Eph. 1:22-23; 3:10; Col. 1:18; 1 John 3:14-18)