We believe the Bible, comprised of 66 books (Old and New Testament) are the inspired, infallible Word of God.
The Bible is God's word to all of mankind and therefore the supreme and final authority for how we should live and behave in our personal lives and when we gather together for worship.
There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, the same in substance, eternally equal in power and glory.
There is one living and true God, immanent, transcendent, infinite in being and perfection, pure spirit, invisible, immutable, eternal, almighty, all wise, most holy, most free, most loving, most gracious, most merciful, longsuffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin, the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him, and most just and terrible in His judgments, hating all sin. He will by no means clear the guilty.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, both fully God and fully man. He is the second person of the Trinity (God the Son). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin in human flesh. Jesus lived a sinless life, performed miracles, taught perfectly the will of God. He was crucified, and died for our sins. He was buried and arose bodily from the dead on the 3rd day. His sacrifice for our sins was complete, perfect, and satisfied the justice of the father.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity and equal in power and glory with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit indwells all true believers at salvation, gives spiritual gifts, illuminates the truth found in scripture, and empowers believers to live a faith filled life to the glory of God.
Salvation is the work of God. He reconciles sinners to Himself through faith in the work of His Son Jesus Christ. Salvation is offered to all through the gospel - the good news that the Son of God has come to Earth, lived a perfect life, died for our sins, and rose on the 3rd day reconciling us back to God.
We are to turn away from our sins, turn to obey God, and place our faith in Jesus to resurrect us holy and blameless before God on the last day.
The church is the body of Jesus Christ; it is not a building but a people.
The church gathers together for worship, to encourage and build up other believers, to share our faith, experience God's blessing, hear God's word, pray, be corrected and loved, do good works together, and participate in the ordinances: Baptism and Communion.
God uses the church to grow His people into the image of Christ.
An ordinance is a practice prescribed by Jesus, and practiced by the Church. We recognize two such ordinances- baptism and communion.
Baptism: Our practice is to immerse a professing believer in water, signifying the death, burial, and resurrection of that person with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Communion: The church gathers together to confess sin, and to remember the broken body, and spilled blood of our Lord Jesus on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.
The Return of Christ
We look forward to the visible, bodily return of Jesus for all to see. Upon His return He will resurrect the dead in Christ first, followed by those who are alive and believe, to be with Him in the air.
His second coming is a source of encouragement and comfort toward active service for Christ and is a motive for a holy lifestyle.
Bible Fellowship Church detailed Statement of Faith