1. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God - a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. (II Timothy 3.16; Psalm 119.105)
2. We believe that every person matters to God, our Creator, but every person has disobeyed him, or sinned, and will die because of their sin. (Romans 3.23)
3. We believe that God does not want anyone to perish, so he made forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life available to all those who call on the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and arose from the dead. (I Corinthians 15.1-8; John 3.16; II Peter 3.9)
4. We believe that to call on the name of Jesus Christ means to repent of sin, confess faith in Jesus Christ, be baptized into him, and submit to him as master. (Romans 10.9; Acts 2.38)
5. We believe that the Church is the Body of Jesus Christ on earth, is empowered by the Holy Spirit, and exists to evangelize the lost and edify the saved. (Ephesians 4.1-6)
6. We believe that Heaven and Hell exist, that God will judge all people one day, and that heaven should determine our priorities. (Matthew 25.31-46; I Thessalonians 4.13-18; I Peter 4.7-11; Philippians 3.14)
1. Scriptural: We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God that teaches us how to follow Jesus, and therefore we use it to constantly affirm God's direction for our lives and the church as we navigate through changing cultures and all of life's challenges. (II Timothy 3:16-4:2)
2. Loving: We believe unconditional love was ultimately manifested in the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and therefore we are called to follow his example as we relate to fellow disciples and lost people. (John 13:34-35)
3. Responsible: We believe Jesus taught his followers to be good stewards for his kingdom, and therefore we strategically utilize and follow through with the best possible efforts and resources to pursue our mission. (Acts 6:1-7)
4. Prayerful: We believe Jesus taught his followers to submit themselves to God and rely upon him rather than themselves, and therefore we thank and petition God in the conception, planning, and execution of all ministries and activities of the church. (Acts 4:23-31)
5. Passionate: We believe that lost people matter to God, and therefore ought to matter to the church. (Luke 5:30-32; 15; Matthew 18:14)
Our vision statement puts Christ front & center in our life together at FBCC. Everything starts with Him. It is a Christ-centered vision statement that will shape our church, focus our efforts and maximize our impact on this broken world.
There is a spiritual sphere beyond our physical world and Jesus Christ has all power and authority in that sphere. Christ Above expresses our conviction that Jesus is Lord and Savior, that he is God, that he sits enthroned in the Heavenly Realms, that he is working hard and tangibly to fulfill the purpose of his Father, and that he remain the Head of the church. Christ Above calls us to worship Christ, to obey him, to trust him and to submit ourselves to him in all things.
Jesus lives not only in Heavenly Realms but in each of us. He is present within us - a presence made possible by the gift of the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit encourages and equips us … empowers and transforms us … teaches us what we need to know to accomplish God’s business. Because of the Spirit’s teaching and transforming power, we can grow up into the “fullness of Christ” and become like him - God’s ultimate desire for each of us.
Jesus sets the standard of our interaction with one another as God’s people. We recognize the presence of Christ in one another. We treat each other as Christ has treated us. We conduct ourselves within the community of faith in Christ - like ways. We respect the fact that the church is “body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1Cor 12:27). Our words, deeds, feelings, and attitudes about our brothers and sister in Christ are determined by Christ’s character, by Christ’s example, and by Christ’s teachings.
Jesus loves the world. He devoted his life to loving lost and broken people. He did not stay where life was comfortable and safe. He sought us out, though it would cost him everything. In similar ways, our lives must demonstrate a sacrificial commitment to the people outside our church walls. “Go into all the world” is not just good advice; it is Christ’s mandate for all those who claim to be his true people.