FFC Statement of Faith

We believe in one eternal, omnipresent, unchanging, personal God; perfect in holiness, wisdom, love, power, and justice without preceding cause or beginning; creator and preserver of all things, visible and invisible. He exists as one divine being and yet as a trinity of three distinct persons, identical, inseparable, and equal in divinity, power and eternity. (Genesis 1:1; 26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:18-19; John 1:14; 6:27, 45-46, Acts 5:3-4, 2 Corinthians 2:13; 10:11, Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 5:20, 2 Peter 1:21)

Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son. We believe in His conception by the Holy Spirit, virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, teachings, and that He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead on the third day to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return again to earth to reign as Lord and King. (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14; Titus 2:13, Hebrews 4:14-15)

The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He supplies conviction of sin, regeneration, sanctification, and the believer’s assurance. He produces in believers with both the “fruit of the Spirit”, and the gifts of the Spirit, so that they may grow in character and mission in the world. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 6:19-20, Ephesians 1:13; 5:1; Galatians 5:18, 22-25)

We believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, without error in all that it affirms, and is the only infallible rule of faith and living. It is fully authoritative and trustworthy, fully sufficient for all believers now and always, and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. The Holy Spirit, who inspired the Scripture, must ever be its true interpreter. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160; 12:16; Proverbs 30:5; Hebrews 1:1-2; John 5:39)

We believe that God created man and woman in His own image, in order to glorify himself and enjoy His fellowship forever. Adam and Eve fell from this original state by a voluntary act of disobedience, thus suffering the immediate loss of a perfect relationship with God and making self the center of their lives. By this act, they suffered spiritual death, and sin entered the world and death by sin, so that death passed upon all. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; 6:23)

The Church is the hope of the world. Not limited to a “building”, it is composed of all people who trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Believers are united together in what the Bible calls the “Body of Christ,” of which Jesus is the head. Its purposes are to make disciples of all nations by its witness to the grace and love of God and to live as a loving community who build up one another in the grace and knowledge of God. (Romans 12:5; I Corinthians 12:12-28; Ephesians 3:6, 4:11-16, 5:23)

We believe God the Father sent Jesus the Son to reconcile mankind to a relationship with himself. In response to repentance from sin, God pardons them from past sins and declares them righteous, by the atoning death of Christ. We believe that salvation is a free gift from God given to any person who puts their faith in Jesus Christ, accepting Him as Lord and Savior. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23)

We believe that Heaven and Hell are both real places for human beings to exist after death and that every human being will exist for eternity either in God’s presence or separated from Him. We believe that the Biblical descriptions of Heaven and Hell are meant to give us a basic, and metaphorical, understanding of these places, but the main issue is that we are either in God’s presence forever, or separated from Him.(Ecclesiastes 3:11; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 2:9, 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:31-34, 41,46; Revelation 21:3-5; Revelation 22:5,)