Mission Statement (Why We Exist)
TO MAKE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST
LOVE GOD, LOVE EACH OTHER, SERVE OTHERS
A DISCIPLE IS:
ACCEPTING CHRIST AS LORD
GROWING IN CHRIST
.1. We will advance our mission through:
Worship (corporate and individual)
Evangelism (every day someone coming to Christ)
2. Community involvement (finding needs that are not being met)
3. We will minister to the uniqueness of all generations with an emphasis on youth ministers
4. We will design and continually improve our infrastructure to facilitate ministry and growth.
Core Values for Faith Fellowship
Prayer is the spiritual foundation for all ministries. It is by prayer that spiritual battles are won and lives are changed. Mark 1:35-39; Mark 6:46; Matt. 12:21; Eph. 6:10-18; Acts 1:13-14; Acts 4:23-24, 31.
Our Father seeks worship that honors and glorifies Him. It should be the very best that we can do. The worshiper is one who worships Him in spirit and truth with an affectionate love to God as well as a proclamation of His truth. We value worship that allows people to encounter and enjoy God. John 4:23-24; Rev. 4:9-10; Rev. 22:8-9; Matt. 4:10; Psa. 29:1-2.
Lost people matter to God and therefore it is the responsibility of the church to reach them with the Good News of God’s love in Christ. We will go anywhere to preach the gospel of Chris. Luke 5:29-30; Matt. 28:18-20.
4. SPIRITUAL GROWTH
We value the promise of being conformed to Christ-likeness. We therefore seek every opportunity to pursue holiness and continually take steps toward intimacy with Christ. This is manifested in the fruits of the Spirit and by such Christ-honoring qualities as: humility, honesty, transparency, brokenness and sensitivity toward all people.
Eph. 4:12-13, 25-26; Rom. 8:28-29; Gal. 5:22-25; Heb. 12:1; Phil. 1:6.
5. INTEGRATED BODY LIFE
We are called to live as “one body” in Christ. We hold common values and a common purpose. Through shared experiences we seek to strengthen our commitment to each other. Each member is valued for his/her God-given gifts as we work together in one body. One of the key ways Christ reveals Himself to us is through each other.
John 13:34-35; Heb. 10:25; I Cor. 12.
The church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure. Faith is born and nourished through the Word of God. We aim to demonstrate the relevance of the Bible to everyday life. I. Cor. 9:19-23; I. Pet. 2:2; Rom. 10:17.
We value loving people in a manner that makes them feel accepted, welcomed and cared for, no matter who they are. “We are only one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.” Luke 10:25-37; I. John 1:8-10; James 2:1-4; John 4:1-42.
We value the privilege of demonstrating the love of God by meeting the needs of others in our community. Matt. 20:27; Mark 10:44; John 13:1-17; Matt. 25:34-40.
9. CALCULATED RISKS
We esteem those who act on their dreams and who live out their convictions with creativity. We would rather applaud those who have tried and failed, than those who satisfy themselves with complacency. Joshua 14:6-15; Matt. 14:22-33.
Statement of Faith
1. THE WORD OF GOD: We believe that the Bible is the Word of God fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts (II Tim. 3:16), written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
2. THE TRINITY: We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that these are equal in every divine perfection and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Matt. 3:16-17).
3. GOD, THE FATHER: We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
4. JESUS CHRIST: We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, fully man and fully God, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His substitution death, blood atonement, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal, visible return to earth according to His promise.
5. THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the Holy Spirit who was sent forth from the Father and the Son, to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that as a member of the Triune Godhead, the personal Holy Spirit possesses all the attributes of deity. We believe that all believers share in the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the time of regeneration. (I Cor. 12:13).
6. REGENERATION: We believe that all persons are sinners by nature and by choice, and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in the shed blood of Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated.
7. THE CHURCH: We believe in the universal church, a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members; that the New Testament emphasizes the local church, consisting of a company of believers, baptized on a credible confession of faith, organized for worship, work and fellowship; that the local church has been commissioned by God to bring the gospel to a lost world.
8. CHRISTIAN CONDUCT: We believe that the Christian should live for the glory of God and the well being of his fellowmen, and that his conduct should be blameless before the world. We believe that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions, and that he should seek to realize for himself and others, the full stature of maturity in Christ.
9. THE ORDINANCES: We believe that the Lord Jesus has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper; that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. The Lord’s Supper should be open to all believers, regardless of denomination. We believe that the Lord’s Supper should be preceded by self-examination on the part of each person to make sure that he is in right fellowship with God and his fellow man.
10. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: We believe that every person is directly accountable to God for himself; that each local church should be autonomous and free from ecclesiastical or political authority from the outside; that as citizens we should obey the law, pay our taxes and pray for our leaders, but that as church and state have separate functions, they should be kept separate, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
11. CHURCH COOPERATION: We believe that local churches can often accomplish cooperatively things which they might not be able to accomplish individually. Associations of churches may exist to assist the local church in its mission. Therefore, cooperation with a religious body must be for the extension of ministry, is voluntary from the standpoint of the local church and can be terminated by the local church. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowship on a voluntary and independent basis.
12. THE LAST THINGS: We believe in the personal, visible, premillenial and imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, final judgment, the eternal well-being of the righteous and the eternal suffering of the wicked.