At Faith Bible Church, we encourage a level of doctrinal tolerance. However, there are some fundamental truths which a person must affirm if they desire to consistently fellowship and minister within our Body:

  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father and His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling every Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, complete and authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that all men are hopelessly lost sinners and must turn to Christ in saving faith and repentance through regeneration by the Holy Spirit, being drawn solely by God’s grace.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved to eternal life with Christ and the lost to eternal punishment in hell.


We are not the only church in the valley that preaches the gospel. We are also not unique and individual in our doctrinal beliefs. In fact, we rejoice in both of those facts!! So what makes FBC unique? What makes us distinctive as a church? To answer that question, we often articulate the following elements (in no particular order) as distinctive about our church


We are committed to praying for and pursuing the training up of the next generation (2 Timothy 2:2). We want to send out missionaries, church planters and pastors to spread the gospel across the nation and world.


We believe in the exposition of God’s Word – preaching that is grounded in, captive to, and explicitly derived from the text of Scripture. We are called to understand the author’s original meaning, and its relevance to today (Ezra 7:10).


We believe that God designed most ministry, especially in the context of the church, to be men ministering to men and women ministering to women (Titus 2:4-51 Peter 5:1-5). Biblically, men bear the responsibility to lead the church and their families first, so we are most concerned with helping men grow strong in the Lord.


For a Christian to grow, they must change. For a church to grow, it must change. We expect that people will mature, new people will come, ministries will change, programs will stop and start. God didn’t plan life to be static or us to be content in our failings (1 Thess 4:1).


We are committed to building a church where the attendees serve, rather than a church run by ‘professionals.’ We believe that a church is healthiest when the whole church family is serving, each according to their gifts and passions (1 Peter 4:10-11).


We want people here who are one heart and one mind with the doctrine and direction of our church. We do not believe membership is a tool of control, but is a means to help us to remain unified (Acts 2:46).


When a professing Christian denies the existence of clear, manifest sin in their lives, we are commanded to come alongside that individual and urge them to repent of their sin. This process of restoration happens privately and sometimes publicly, as described in Matthew 18:15-20Titus 3:9-10, etc. We are commanded to do this for anyone who regularly attends FBC, regardless if they are a member. For more on church discipline, please see our doctrinal statement.


We believe Scripture should be understood according to the author’s intended meaning. Doctrinal statements strive to systematize various passages. As such, Scripture always has precedence over any doctrinal position, historical or current.


We are reformed [mainly], Calvinistic [but not hyper], Dispensational [sort of], Premillennial [but not hostile], Pro-Rapture, Cessationist [just the sign gifts], Baptistic [we immerse].


We believe that we are deeply flawed sinners desperately in need of grace, who depend on Christ’s righteousness every day and not our own. We seek to depend and obey, rather than trying to somehow win God’s approval through our lifestyle.


We genuinely appreciate other Christians and churches as they labor to make the Gospel known, even when they are unlike us in other beliefs and/or practices.


We are called to exhort our people in sound doctrine, equipping them to think and live biblically, to refute those who contradict, and to be on guard against anyone who claims to be a believer but teaches a false gospel.


The union of a man & woman in marriage has existed since creation, reflects the Godhead, and is marked by both vow and physical union; since the Fall, role relationships have and will be a struggle until sin is abolished.


Our church loves marriage and believes that any new marriages are best served by getting counsel beforehand, even more than afterwards.


We provide short-term biblical counsel to FBC’ers who need help with specific issues.
Learn more about FBC’s Biblical Guidance ministry.


Where the soul and heart are concerned, the Bible speaks with complete authority and sufficiency; psychology is rooted in wrong presuppositions resulting in flawed outcomes.


For God’s GLORY, we are all desperately pursuing the GREAT commandment to love God and love each other, so that we can follow the GREAT commission to make disciples, that we would passionately declare and display the gospel.


The church is to be led by a plurality of qualified and diversely-gifted men who work together, in equality and unanimity, to lead God’s church to love Him more. An elder is described in the Bible as one who shepherds, leads, teaches, admonishes, and guards a local church body while exemplifying a model Christian life to everyone, both believers and the lost.


You may have noticed that we meet in a school. We have no offices. Most everything we do happens via the computer and phone. Over time, we’ve found that this is more efficient and less expensive. Plus, by meeting people in coffee shops and restaurants, we are able to support local businesses and be closer to non-Christians.


The Bible is the only means we have of knowing God today. Its message centers on Jesus, the Savior of the world. Every word of the Bible is inspired and has meaning for our life today. In fact, the Bible provides a solution to every problem in your life. You don’t need anything else. Just listen to what the Bible says and obey it.



The following document outlines the position of Faith Bible Church’s Elders on biblical doctrines.  It is recognized that there will be those who choose to fellowship with us who do not agree in all points with our doctrinal teaching position. We welcome these to participate freely with us, yet at the same time cannot permit doctrines to be taught within our body that are contrary to what we believe the Bible communicates.

The elders have purposefully written this document in an annotated outline format in order to keep it short and make it a tool that people can use for doctrinal questions.  It is our prayer that this document will not be a replacement for study, but instead will encourage our body to greater study of the Word and a more accurate understanding of God and the application of His truth.


The inspired Scriptures contain the 66 books of the Old and New Testament and were finished with the completion of the New Testament (1 Cor. 14:37; 2 Tim 3:16-17; Jude 3; Heb. 1:1-2, 2:3-4; 2 Pet 3:15-16; Rev 22:18,19).


Revelation is God’s disclosure of Himself to mankind.

1. General Revelation
God’s foundational revelation based on creation and demonstrated in history, nature, providence and the conscience. General revelation presents evidence of God’s existence, character and moral law (Rom 1:18-20; Ps 19:1-6; Rom 2:14-15; Matt 5:45; Acts 14:17, 17:24-27).

a. It is general in that it is truth that is set before all humanity (Rom 1:17-18, 2:14-15). To call it “general” does not mean that it refers to all truth. There are things which are true which are not general revelation.

b. It is so clear and irrefutable that it is known intuitively by all human beings (Rom 1:19; Ps 19:1-6). It is misleading to assign the category of “revelation” to humanly deduced or discovered facts or theories (example: Psychology). If something is revelation, then God said it, and it is truth: when God speaks truth we don’t evaluate or test it, we just obey it.

c. It is authoritative truth that condemns rejecters for all eternity (Rom 1:20).

2. Special Revelation
God’s special revelation, which presents God’s plan for mankind’s redemption, is found only in Christ and the Bible (John 1:1, 14-18; Heb 1:1-2; Rom 1:16).

a. Special Revelation is Progressive
Throughout human history in the context of time, God revealed more and more of His person, character and will.  Though in history, God did modify how he dealt with specific people in line with His sovereign plan, no previous revelation was ever contradicted (Heb 1:1-2).


The Holy Spirit worked through the individual personalities and different styles of the human authors, so that they composed and recorded God’s Word to man. Inspiration extends to the very selection of the words of Scripture (2 Pet 1:20-21; 2 Tim 3:16-17; Gal 3:16).


The Scriptures are absolutely without error in any part in the original (Isa 30:8; Matt 5:18; John 10:35; 2 Tim 3:16).


1. Each passage of Scripture has one intended meaning, which is found by applying the grammatical-historical-literal method of interpretation.  Our goal is to find that meaning and its life application (Neh 8:8; 2 Tim 2:15).

2. The Holy Spirit helps the believer to understand and apply the Scriptures (John 7:17; 1 Cor 2:7-15; 1 John 2:20).

3. Unbelievers may be able to accurately determine the meaning of a passage of Scripture, however they, due to the depravity of unregenerate man, will be unable to accept it as truth or apply it to their lives (Rom 1:21; 1 Cor 2:14).


Scripture is the only infallible rule of faith and practice for individual believers and for the church, being objective, propositional revelation in which every word is verbally inspired by God (2 Tim 3:15-17; Heb 4:12; 2 Pet 1:3; 1 Thess 2:13).


The inspired Scripture (the Canon) contains the 66 books of the Old and New Testament. No church council or group of men made certain books canonical (inspired). Rather, these 66 books were recognized as clearly inspired by God.

1. The primary issue for inclusion into the canon was authorship. During the two primary times when God gave written revelation (OT & NT), the main issue was whether or not the author was a spokesman for God: an Old Testament prophet, a New Testament apostle or their delegate/amanuensis (2 Pet 1:20-21; Heb 2:3-4; Eph 2:20).

2. The writers of Scripture recognized the divine inspiration of their writings (Jer 1:4; Ezek 3:10-11; Amos 7:15-17; 1 Cor 14:37; 1 Thess 2:13; 2 Pet 3:15-16).

3. The New Testament writers recognized the Old Testament as Scripture (Luke 24:44; John 10:35; Rom 15:4; 1 Cor 15:3; Gal 3:8; 2 Tim 3:16-17).

4. Since the completion of the New Testament, God has given no further written revelation.

• All things necessary for the Christian faith were revealed in the Old Testament  & New Testament (Jude 3; 2 Tim 3:16-17).
• God’s special revelation was at two times only – the Old Testament and the New Testament (Heb 1:1-2).
• There are serious consequences for those who add to or subtract from God’s Word (Rev 22:18-19; Deut 4:2; 12:32; Prov 30:6).



1. There is one living and true God (Deut 6:4Isa 45:5-7).
2. Scripture assumes the eternal existence of God (Deut 6:4Isa 45:5-7Ps 93:2102:27).
3. God is personal, spirit, infinite and perfect (John 4:241 Tim 1:17Acts 17:28).


Though no list could be complete, God is described as:

1. Creator (Gen 1:1-31Eph 3:9Col 1:16Rev 4:11).
2. Self-Existent (John 5:26Rom. 11:36Exod 3:14).
3. Sovereign (Ps 115:3Isa. 45:4Jer 32:17Matt. 19:26Rom. 11:36).
4. Unchanging (Mal 3:6Jas 1:17).
5. Perfect (Matt 5:48Ps 18:30Heb 1:13).
6. Eternal (Ps 90:2Isa 46:102 Pet 3:8).
7. Unlimited by Space (1 Kgs 8:27Ps 139:7-10Jer 23:24).
8. Holy (Job 34:10Isa 6:1-3Matt 5:48).
9. Infinite in Knowledge (Ps 139:1-6Isa 42:8-9John 6:64).
10. Truthful (Num 23:19Rom 3:4Heb 6:182 Tim 2:13).
11. Gracious (Matt 5:45Rom 3:24Eph 2:8-9).
12. Loving (John 3:16Rom 5:8).
13. Merciful (Luke 6:36Rom 11:32Titus 3:5).
14. Righteous (Ps 119:137145:17Hab 1:13).
15. Just (Rom 2:6-8Rom 1:18).
16. Patient (Rom 2:42 Pet 3:9).


(also called ‘the Trinity’)

1. Unity
God is one in essence, eternally, simultaneously and indivisibly existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Isa 48:1661:1Gen 1:1-2Matt 28:192 Cor 13:14Jas 2:19).

2. Diversity

a. God the Father is:

1) The first person of the Trinity.
2) The Father over all creation (Acts 17:291 Cor 8:6Heb 12:9Jas 1:17).
3) The Father of Christ (John 2:16-1717:517:24Acts 13:33Col 1:15).
4) The Father of believers (Matt 6:8-9Rom 8:15Gal 4:6).

b. Jesus Christ is:

1) The second person of the Trinity.
2) Deity-i.e. fully God (John 1:1-5110:30Heb 1:3).
3) God incarnate yet fully man (Phil 2:5-11Col 2:9).
4) Virgin born (Isa 7:14Matt 1:25Luke 1:26-35).
5) Sinless (Luke 1:352 Cor 5:21Heb 4:15).
6) The One who voluntarily gave up His life as a substitute to redeem mankind (Rom 3:255:81 Pet 2:24).
7) The Resurrection-He was literally and physically resurrected, ascended to the right hand of the Father, the believer’s Advocate & High Priest (Matt 28:6Luke 24:38-39Heb 7:259:24).
8 ) The Head of the Church (Eph 1:225:23Col 1:18).

c. The Holy Spirit is:

1) The third person of the Trinity.
2) A person, not merely a force (John 14:2616:13).
3) Deity-The Holy Spirit is fully God (Acts 5:3,4Heb 9:141 Cor 2:10Ps 139:7-10).
4) Involved in Salvation-At salvation, the Holy Spirit regenerates, baptizes, indwells, sanctifies, distributes gifts, instructs, empowers and seals (1 Cor 3:1612:71113John 16:8-11Rom 8:9Eph 1:13Titus 3:5).
5) Inspiration- The Holy Spirit inspired the writers of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:162 Pet 1:20-21).
6) Illumination-The Holy Spirit causes believers to understand God’s Word (1 John 2:2027).
7) The Indwelling God- Christ in us (Rom 8:9131 Cor 3:16Eph 3:16).


1. As Designated within the Trinity
The three persons of the Trinity each have unique designations, which denote relationship, not inferiority (1 Cor 11:31 Pet 1:3).

a. The Father is not begotten, nor does He proceed from any person.
b. The Son is eternally begotten from the Father (John 3:16).
c. The Spirit eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son (John 14:2616:7). The Father is coequal and consubstantial (‘of the same substance’) with Jesus and the Spirit (Isa 48:1661:1Matt 28:19Acts 5:28ff.; 2 Cor 13:14Titus 2:132 Pet 1:1).

2. In Relation to Mankind
The Father is the one who created, and continually upholds, directs and governs all creatures & events perfectly (Job 42:2Ps 115:3Eph 4:6).

a. In eternity past, the Father specially chose some to be adopted as His own children through Jesus Christ (Rom 8:151 Cor 8:6Eph 1:3-5).
b. As Father, God disciplines those whom He loves for growth in holiness and righteousness (Deut 8:5Heb 12:6-11).



1. The Angel of the Lord

a. The angel of the Lord in the Old Testament refers to Himself as God and does the works of God (Gen 22:1-12Exod 3:2-6Judg 13:18-22)
b. The Father and the Spirit never take bodily form (John 1:18).
c. The Angel of the Lord no longer appeared after the Incarnation.

2. As a Man
There are several instances in the Old Testament where Christ takes on the physical form of a man (Gen 18:1-2Gen 32:24Josh 5:13).


There are numerous Old Testament prophecies that were specifically fulfilled in Christ’s first coming (Gen 3:15Isa 7:14Mic 5:2Ps 118:22Ps 22:1-31Isa 52:1-1553:1-12).


1. Jesus voluntarily set aside the rights and privileges of deity and took on the limitations of humanity, often termed the condescension and humiliation of Christ. (Phil 2:5-9John 1:14John 6:51John 17:52 Cor 8:9).

2. This included Christ’s voluntary restriction of the full expression of His divine rights and attributes (Kenosis).

3. This also involved the unique combination of full deity and true humanity in the person of Christ (Hypostatic Union).


1. Christ Explicitly Claimed to be God (John 1:114John 8:58-5910:30-33Phil 2:6Heb 1:38).

2. Christ was called by Divine Names (Matt 1:23Joel 2:32Rom 10:13Isa 9:6-7).

3. Christ has Divine Attributes.

a. Eternal (Mic 5:2John 8:58Rev 22:13).
b. All Powerful (Matt 28:18).
c. All Knowing (John 16:30).
d. Unchanging (Heb 13:8).

4. Christ did Divine Works.

a. Creation (John 1:3Col 1:16).
b. Forgave Sins (Matt 9:2).
c. Raised the Dead (John 11:25).

5. Christ willingly Received Worship (John 5:23John 20:28Phil 2:9-11).

6. Jesus is coequal and consubstantial (‘of the same substance’) with the Father and the Spirit (Matt 28:19Acts 5:28ff.; 2 Cor 13:14Titus 2:132 Pet 1:1).



1. Christ had to be man to fully represent fallen humanity (1 Cor 15:21-221 Tim 2:5Heb 2:1710:5-7).

2. He had a Human Birth [virgin] (Isa 7:14Matt 1:23Gal 4:4Matt 1:2-15).

a. Born through the direct action of the Holy Spirit without a human father, in accordance with prophecy (Isa 7:14Luke 1:35Matt 1:18).

b. By this divine action, Jesus was born without a sin nature and was thereby the perfect sacrifice and high priest (1 Pet 2:21-22Heb 4:15Hab 1:13).

3. He had Human Growth (Luke 2:52Phil 2:5-8).

4. He had Human Functions & Emotions (John 11:35John 19:28Luke 24:39).

5. He had Perfect Humanity (Luke 1:352 Cor 5:21Heb 4:15).

6. He has Eternal Humanity (Luke 24:39I Tim 2:5Acts 17:31).


Christ was incapable of sinning, because his deity was not subordinate to the weakness of humanity.  The coequality of His human and divine natures prevented it.

1. The Reality of Christ’s Temptation

a. Temptation does not demand the ability to sin (Luke 4:1-13Heb 4:15).

b. The purpose of temptation wasn’t to see if Christ could sin, but to show that He could not sin (1 Pet 2:221 John 3:5).

c.  The Holy Spirit initiated Christ to enter the wilderness to be tempted by Satan.  If Jesus could have sinned, then the Holy Spirit solicited Him to sin (Matt 4:1Jas 1:13Hab 1:13).

2. The Absence of Potential to Sin

a. Christ only does what the Father does. Therefore to say Christ could sin would demand that God the Father could sin as well (John 5:19).

b. Christ could not sin in eternity past nor eternity future and thus not during His temptation on earth. If it was possible for Christ to sin while on earth, then He could still sin now (Heb 13:8).

c. Christ perfectly knew all the ramifications of sin. Sin depends on ignorance so that people are deceived (John 16:30).

d.  If Jesus were only a man like Adam, He would have had the potential to sin. But because He was 100% God and 100% man and both natures make up One Person, He couldn’t have sinned.

e. The Perfect Human Nature of Christ. Temptation works in humans because it calls on the inner sin nature to respond to the outward temptation. Yet Jesus didn’t possess a sin nature, and so there was nothing within Him to respond to temptation.


1. Significance
Our entire salvation is dependent on the resurrection of Christ (Rom 4:25Rom 10:101 Cor 15:17I Pet 1:3).

2. Evidence

a. The missing body (Matt 28:6John 20:6-8).
b. The testimony of the guards (Matt 28:11-12).
c. The eye witnesses (Luke 24:39Acts 3:15I Cor 15:6).
d. The Transformation of the disciples (John 18:15-27Acts 2:1-47).

3. The Work of the Trinity
All three members of the Trinity were involved in the resurrection
(John 10:18Gal 1:1Rom 8:11).


Christ was restored to His former state of full and unrestricted deity (John 17:5Heb 1:3Phil 2:9).


1. Christ intercedes for believers (Rom 8:34).
2. Christ helps the believer when tempted (Heb 2:18).
3. Christ is the believer’s mediator (Heb 10:191 Tim 2:5).
4. Christ nourishes and cares for the Church (Eph 5:29).
5. Christ is preparing a place for His children (John 14:2).



1. The Spirit has attributes of personality, such as intellect, emotion and a will (Rom 8:271 Cor 2:10ffEph 4:30Acts 16:6Heb 10:29).
2. He performs actions according to his personality (John 14:2615:26Acts 8:2939Rom 8:26).
3. Masculine pronouns are always used to refer to the Spirit (John 16:1315:26Rom 8:26).


1. The Spirit is explicitly claimed to be God (Acts 5:3-42 Cor 3:17).
2. Divine names are used of the Spirit (Isa 48:1661:1Rom 8:9-101 Cor 6:11).
3. The Spirit has divine attributes.

a. Omnipresence (Ps 139:7).
b. Omniscience (1 Cor 2:11).
c. Eternality (Heb 9:14).
d. Truthfulness (1 John 5:7).

4. The Spirit does divine works.

a. Creation (Gen 1:2).
b. Salvation (John 3:5-7).
c. Inspiration (2 Pet 1:21).

5. The Spirit is coequal and consubstantial (‘of the same substance’) with the Father and the Son (Matt 28:19Acts 28:25ff2 Cor 13:14Heb 10:15-17).


1. In Old Testament Saints

a. The Holy Spirit has always been active in the salvation and rebirth of God’s people (John 3:510).
b. The Holy Spirit abided ‘with’ the Old Testament saints, but not ‘in’ (Ezek 36:27John 7:3914:17).
c. Sanctification has always been from God, and never possible by the work of men (Exod 31:13Lev 20:8Rom 8:7-81 Cor 1:30-31Heb 2:11).
d. The Spirit also specially enabled men of God’s choosing for certain acts (Exod 31:2-5Num 27:18Judg 3:9-111 Sam 16:13-14).

2. In the Inspiration of Scripture
The Spirit of God guided the apostles and prophets into all truth as they committed to writing God’s revelation, the Bible (2 Pet 1:21Acts 1:161 Pet 1:10-12).

3. At Pentecost

a. The Spirit was promised by God (Ezek 36:27Joel 2:28-29Luke 24:49John 14:16-1715:26Acts 1:52:33).
b. The Spirit came to initiate and complete the building up of the Church and to testify to the Gospel message (Acts 2:416ff5:32John 14:2616:13-15Eph 2:21-22Heb 2:1-42 Pet 1:21).
c. The Spirit came to indwell believers as promised (John 14:17Rom 8:9-11Jas 4:5).


1. In Salvation

a. The Holy Spirit draws the believer to God and regenerates him (John 3:52 Thess 2:13Titus 3:5-6).
b. He incorporates (baptizes) the believer into Body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13Rom 6:4).
c. He seals the believer as a guarantee until redemption (2 Cor 1:22Eph 1:134:30).
d. The Spirit distributes gifts to believers at time of belief (1 Cor 12:711).

See Implications for Life – “Spiritual Gifts”

2. In Sanctification

a. He bears fruit in the life of the elect (Gal 5:22-231 Pet 1:2).
b. He gives testimony to the elect of their salvation (Rom 8:16).
c. He teaches spiritual things to the believer (1 Cor 2:121 John 2:27).
d. He can control and guide the believer (Rom 8:14Gal 5:16Eph 5:18).
e. He prays for the believer to God (Rom 8:26).

3. In the World
The Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8ff).



1. Man was created in the image of God with an intellect, emotion and will, during the course of a literal 24-hour day (Gen 1:1-31).

a. Jesus is called “the image of God” in reference to His divine nature (2 Cor 4:4Heb 1:2-3).
b. So, in man, “the image” is that which corresponds to God’s divine nature (will, emotion, intellect, self-consciousness, rationality, morality, spirituality) and separates man from animals.
c. “The image of God” (imago dei) remains in man, though corrupted by sin (1 Cor 11:7Jas 3:9-10).
d. So, the perfecting of our original “image” remains to be done (1 Cor 15:492 Cor 3:18).

2. God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female (Gen. 2:20-22Matt. 19:4-6).

a. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen. 1:26-27).
b. The rejection of one’s biological sex is thereby a rejection of God’s design and image within that person.

3. Man was created totally free of sin (Gen 2).

4. Mankind’s primary reason for being is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever  (Isa 43:7Col 1:16).

See Implications for Life – “Creation”

5. God made woman for man, to be his perfect companion, joined together in marriage, so that mankind would fill the earth, subdue it and rule over it (Gen. 1:26-282:18-25).

6. As image-bearers, all of human life has inestimable value and worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death (Ex. 4:11Jer. 1:5Luke 1:15).

a. We are therefore called to defend, protect and value all human life (Gen. 9:6Ps 139:13-16).


1. When tempted by Satan, Adam rebelled against God and disobeyed (Gen 3:12Ps 14:1-351:5).
2. Adam’s sin resulted in spiritual and physical death (Gen 2:16-173:1-19).
3. Man became inherently corrupt and incapable of pleasing God (Isa 64:6Rom 3:236:231 Cor 2:14Eph 2:1-31 Tim 2:13-14).


1. Unregenerate man is fundamentally evil to the core of his being. There is no part of us that is left untouched by sin. Our minds, wills and bodies are affected by evil (Eccl 7:20Jer 17:9Eph 2:1-34:17-19Rom 7:147:23).

2. The Scriptures reject the false idea that all people struggle with sin yet are inherently good. From the point of conception all mankind is sinful in every aspect of his being (Rom 3:23Ps 51:5).

3. Total depravity is not utter depravity. We are not as wicked as we possibly could be (Isa 64:6).

4. Only by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit may we be brought out of this state of spiritual death. It is God who makes us alive as we become His workmanship (Jer 13:23Rom 8:11Eph 2:1-10Titus 3:51 John 1:8-10).

See Implications for Life – “The Problem of Evil”


1. Man has a free will in that God has given him the capacity to choose that which he desires (Deut 30:19-20Matt 11:28Rom 10:21John 7:37).

2. No unregenerate human being desires God. Because we can only choose according to our desires, we always choose to sin (Ps 14:1-3Mark 7:21-23John 8:34Rom 8:5-8).

3. Fallen human beings have free will but lack true liberty. The royal liberty of which the Bible speaks is the freedom or power to choose Christ as our own. Until our heart is changed by the Holy Spirit, we have no desire for Christ (John 6:4465Rom 3:11Jas 1:13-15).

4. For us to choose Christ, God must change our heart.  He gives us a desire for Himself that we otherwise would not have. The unregenerate are never forced against their will. Rather, a person’s will is changed without his/her permission when God transforms the disposition of the heart and plants a desire for Himself within (Prov 5:22John 6:446515:16Rom 6:20Eph 2:4-102 Thess 2:13-142 Tim 2:2526Jas 1:181 Pet 1:3).


Unlike the rest of God’s created beings (angels and animals) mankind is redeemable from his sin through the death of Christ (Rom 5:8-1018Eph 2:8-9Titus 3:5).



Salvation is that gracious act of God, where, through the atoning blood (death) of Christ, He redeems and reconciles certain individuals to Himself. Salvation is not on the basis of merit or works (John 1:123:3Rom 3:248:1523Gal 4:4-7Eph 1:72:8-10Col 1:14Heb 9:151 Pet 1:18-192 Pet 1:4).


1. Regeneration is that instantaneous work of the Holy Spirit through the truth of the Word of God, which enables persons to believe the Gospel and imparts new life to them (John 1:133:3-8Rom 10:172 Cor 5:17Titus 3:5Jas 1:181 Pet 1:231 John 2:29).

2. Regeneration will result in good works and a transformed life (1 Cor 6:19-20Eph 2:10).


1. That eternal act of God whereby, solely on the basis of His sovereign will and for the purpose of His glory, He chose certain persons, who had no merit, to be the recipients of His special grace and eternal salvation (Mark 13:27Rom 8:28-339:6-23Eph 1:4-112 Thess 2:13).

2. God’s sovereign election is consistent with mankind’s accountability to respond to His calling (Deut 30:19Matt 11:28John 6:3744Acts 13:48Rom 10:21).


Saving faith is that gift of God which brings a person into intimate relationship with Christ (Rom 10:9-10). It is based on God’s grace rather than a person’s works and when genuine has several main aspects (Acts 3:16Eph 2:8-9pPhil 1:292 Pet 1:1).  These are not “steps” a person must work through, but are elements that will be present as a total package when there is true saving faith.– Knowledge of the Facts—Faith must be based on the facts of the Gospel found in the Word of God (Rom 10:171 Cor 15:3-52 Tim 3:15).– Assent to this Knowledge—A person must agree that the facts of the Scriptures are true (Heb 11:6).– Repentance—Saving faith includes a turning from sin and turning towards God (Acts 2:38Acts 20:21Acts 26:201 Thess 1:9-102 Cor 7:10-11).– Submission to Christ—True saving faith implicitly involves a subjection to the person and will of Christ with a desire and willingness to know, love and obey Him (Rom 10:9Luke 6:46John 3:3617:320:28Acts 2:36Phil 2:9-11Rev 19:16Jas 2:1-26).

See Implications for Life – “Understanding Salvation.”


1. The act of God whereby He declares righteous those who believe in Christ (Rom 3:205:18:33Phil 3:9).

2. It is apart from any virtue or work (Col 2:141 Pet 3:18).

3. The believer’s sin is imputed to Christ and Christ’s righteousness is imputed to the believer (Col 2:141 Pet 3:18Rom 4:61 Cor 1:302 Cor 5:21).


1. Position – The act of God, whereby the believer is made positionally holy and perfect through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:321 Cor 1:2306:11Heb 2:11).

2. Process – The Holy Spirit’s ministry of progressively bringing the believer into conformity with the character of Christ, in obedience to the Word of God (John 17:17,192 Cor 3:18Eph 5:26Rom 8:29).

3. Perfection – That act of God which occurs when a believer gets to heaven whereby their practice is conformed to their position—perfect and blameless without spot or blemish (Rom 8:231 Cor 15:42-4451-53Phil 3:211 John 3:2).


All of the redeemed are kept eternally secure in Christ by the power of God (John 5:2410:27-30Rom 5:9-108:131-39Eph 4:30).


The subjective realization by a person that he/she is a child of God is a ministry of the Spirit to every obedient believer (Rom 6:15-228:161 John 1:682:39-1015-233:917244:713205:110).  This requires self-examination and testing (2 Cor 13:5).




1. The church is the body of Christ (Eph 4:14-16).
2. It consists of born again believers of the Church age (Eph 2:11-3:6).
3. It is distinct from Israel (1 Cor 10:32).

a. The Church and Israel have different promises—heavenly vs. earthly (Ezek 36:24Eph 1:3).
b. The Church and Israel have different births—Pentecost vs. Sinai (Exod 19:1-2420:1-26Acts 2:1-26).
c. The Church and Israel have different nationalities—Heavenly vs. Jewish (Jer 31:31Phil 3:20).


1. CHRIST IS THE HEAD/ultimate authority in the Church (1 Cor 11:3Eph 1:22).

2. LOCAL ASSEMBLIES are the New Testament pattern (Acts 14:23,2720:1728Gal 1:2Phil 1:11 Thess 1:122 Thess 1:1).


Elders – These are a team of biblically qualified men who shepherd, oversee and lead a local body of believers (Acts 20:281 Tim 3:1-7Titus 1:5-9).

1) An elder is the same as a pastor, shepherd and overseer (Acts 20:281 Pet 5:21 Tim 5:17).
2) Some elders, who are gifted teachers, are financially supported by the church while others are self-supporting (1 Tim 5:17-181 Cor 9:9-14).
3) Elders are to be the primary examples of leading through serving (Matt 20:26John 13:14,151 Pet 5:3).
4) Elders are also to give themselves to the training of leaders, to being sent or to training to send others to establish new churches (1 Tim 3:1ff., 4:1-162 Tim 2:2-64:1-4Titus 1:5ff).

Deacons – These are men who minister in the church in special areas of service (Acts 6:1-151 Tim 3:8-13).

1) Deacons must meet the biblical qualifications and be tested before they are entrusted with deacon responsibilities (1 Tim 3:10).
2) Although deacon work is under the oversight of the elders, deacons are given appropriate authority and responsibility so that they can free up the elders to focus on specific ministry areas (e.g., proto-deacons & the priorities of church leaders as described in Acts 6:2-6).

4. THE CONGREGATION – All believers are commanded to be part of a local assembly of Christians (Heb 10:24-25).

Serve – All believers are called to serve one another in the local body through encouragement, exhortation and exercise of their spiritual gifts. The ministry of each believer is necessary for the full maturity of the church (John 15:131 Cor 12:7Gal 5:13Eph 4:15-161 Pet 2:16).

Submit – Believers are commanded by God to submit to the oversight of the elders of their local church (Acts 20:281 Cor 16:15-16Heb 13:7171 Pet 5:1-3).

See Implications for Life– “Spiritual Gifts”


Exalting God – Everything the church does should be an act of worship to God.  This should be seen both in the lives of individual believers as well as in the corporate body (1 Pet 2:5).

Edifying the Saints – Equipping is one of the primary ways to make people like Jesus Christ. This is accomplished as the people in the church invest their lives in one another (Eph 4:11-121 Thess 5:14-15Titus 2:3-5).

Evangelizing the Lost – At the heart of Christ’s commission to the church is the command to go to the unreached of the world, to win them to Christ and to establish churches (Acts 1:8Matt 28:19-20).

See FBC’s Philosophy of Ministry.


1. Permanent, edifying gifts—Each believer has been given spiritual gifts in order to edify and build up the body (Eph 4:11-131 Cor 12:71 Pet 4:10-11).

2. Temporary, confirming/sign gifts (Tongues, miracles, etc.)—Gradually ceased as the New Testament was completed (1 Cor 12:1-3113:8-1014:1-402 Cor 12:12Heb 2:3-4).

See Implications for Life– “Spiritual Gifts”


1. Baptism – By immersion for anyone who confesses faith in Christ (Acts 2:418:36-39Rom 6:1-11).

2. Lord’s Supper – A remembrance and proclamation of Christ’s death until He comes again (Matt 26:26-30Acts 2:461 Cor 10:16-1711:17-34).


1. The Plan – God the Father disciplines His children and expects churches and individuals to participate with Him (Heb 12:5-11Prov 3:11-12Rev 3:19).

2. The Purpose – The ultimate goal of church discipline is restoration of the sinning individual. It also purifies the church and prevents others from sinning  (Gal 6:1Matt 18:151 Cor 5:71 Tim 5:20).

3. The Procedure – Church discipline is the process of confronting sin to achieve repentance and restoration. It can be carried out privately between two Christians (Matt 18:15), with two to three witnesses, by the Elders or before the congregation, depending on the severity, kind and length of sin.

See Implications for Life– “Church Discipline”


1. Christians are stewards of all their possessions and should contribute financially to the work of the local church (1 Cor 4:1-2Luke 16:11).
2. Giving Principles.

a. Give to God (Matt 6:1).
b. Give sacrificially (Luke 21:1-4).
c. Give thoughtfully (1 Cor 16:2).
d. Give cheerfully (2 Cor 9:7).
e. Give proportionally (1 Cor 16:2).
f. Give regularly (1 Cor 16:2).



1. Angels were created by God to serve and worship Him (Heb 1:6-714Isa 6:3Ps 103:20-21Ps 148:2).

2. Angels are spirit beings (Heb 1:14Luke 24:39Matt 22:30).

3. Angels are rational, moral and immortal beings (Matt 24:361 Pet 1:122 Pet 2:4Luke 20:34-36).

4. Angels were created to an estate higher than mankind, yet, humans will judge angels (1 Cor 6:32 Pet 2:10-11Heb 2:6-7).

5. Angels serve mankind (Heb 1:14).

6. Angels have a role in the Second Coming (Mark 13:272 Thess 1:7b).



1. Satan rebelled against his Creator and led numerous angels in his fall (Job 1:6-7Ezek 28:11-191 Tim 3:6Rev 12:3-4).

2. Angels were created holy, but some sinned (2 Pet 2:4Jude 6).

3. Satan was defeated by Christ at the cross, yet continues as the “god of this world” until his final judgment and condemnation (2 Cor 4:4Rom 16:20Col 2:15Rev 20:1-10).

4. Satan will be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Rev 20:10).

5. Satan and Demons are active in the world (Matt 8:16Eph 6:12).

See Implications for Life – “Demon Possession”



1. Believers

a. Physical-There is a separation of the physical and immaterial, and the spirit of the believer immediately passes into the presence of the Lord (Luke 23:43Phil 1:21-24).

b. Resurrection– At the first resurrection, the believer’s spirit and body are reunited to be glorified forever (Phil 3:211 Thess 4:16-17).

2. Unbelievers

a. Physical-At death, the spirits of the unsaved descend immediately into Hades (Job 3:11-19Luke 16:19-26Rev 20:1-15).

b. Resurrection-At the second resurrection they will be united with their body, judged, and cast into the lake of fire to be separated from God forever (John 5:28-29Rev 20:11-15Dan 12:2).


Christ will gather up Christians from the earth and take them with Him (John 14:1-31 Thess 4:13-18Titus 2:11-121 Cor 15:50-51).


After the rapture, believers will be rewarded according to the quality and purpose of their works (1 Cor 3:11-154:52 Cor 5:9-10).


God will judge the world through various plagues, famine and warfare over a period of seven years (Dan 9:27Rev 6:1-1716:1-21).


Christ will return to the earth at the end of the Tribulation (Second Coming-Matt 25:31) at which time the Old Testament and tribulation saints will be raised, and the living will be judged (Dan 12:2-32 Thess 2:7-12Rev 6:9-1120:4-6).


1. The Antichrist and the false prophet will be overthrown, and Satan will be removed from the world (Dan 7:17-27Rev 20:1-7).

2. There will be a literal, thousand-year Kingdom on earth, where the saints will help Christ rule and reign (Isa 42:6Jer 31:3133:15Ezek 36:2437:21-28Rev 19:11-1620:1-7).


1. Satan will be released following the Millennium (Rev 20:7).

2. He will lead a final rebellion and will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone forever (Rev 20:7-10).

3. Great White Throne judgment-The unsaved dead will be resurrected and will be committed to eternal, conscious punishment in Hell (Rom 14:10-13Matt 25:4146Rev 20:11-15).


1. Believers will be with the Lord forever (John 17:31 Thess 4:17).

2. A new heaven and a new earth will be created (Rev 21:1).



Within any society and era, there are a number of critical issues which must be biblically addressed by the church. The following information outlines what the elders of Faith Bible Church believe is a biblical approach to some of the key societal/moral issues of our day. Our goal is to help our people apply the scriptures to contemporary issues.



1. The Scriptures indicate that Christ is Lord and true believers will acknowledge Him as such.

John 20:28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

Acts 2:36 God has made Him both Lord and Christ.

Rom 10:9-10 That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.

Phil 2:9-11 that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…

Rev 19:16 “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

2. The term “Lord” (kurios) was a normal term in the Greek language used for “master,” someone that was to be obeyed and to whom one must submit.

Matt 6:24  No one can serve two masters (lord/kurios) for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other.

Matt 24:45 Blessed is that slave whom his master (lord/kurios) finds so doing when he comes.

Col 3:22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your master (lord/kurios) on earth…

3. The Scriptures consistently link saving faith with a life of obedience and submission to Christ.

a. Submitting to the Lordship of Christ is not something added to belief, but is part of true saving faith.
b.  Acknowledging Christ as Lord is not a work. Rather it is a desire of the heart that the Holy Spirit enables through His regenerating ministry.

John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life…

Acts 5:32 And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.

Rom 6:16-17 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed.

Heb 5:9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation

4. The Scriptures indicate that there is a kind of faith that does not save.

Jas 2:14 What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?…You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons believe, and shudder.

5.  It is unscriptural for persons to say that they want to receive Christ’s free offer of salvation yet at the same time deny that He has any ownership over their lives. It is impossible to separate the person and work of Christ.


1. The label “Carnal Christian” (as well as similar labels like ‘backslider,’ etc.) is dangerous because it gives false spiritual assurance to someone who may not be saved.

2 Cor 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you– unless indeed you fail the test?

2. A definition of Christianity that includes carnality infers that believers can live in indefinitely long periods of sinfulness without examining the genuineness of their faith.

1 John 3:7-8a  Little children, let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil;


“Church Discipline” is a term that has been used to describe the corporate body’s loving involvement in the personal lives of professing believers who are struggling with sin. Church discipline is always to be done with an attitude of deep humility and gentleness with the express goal of repentance and restoration.

Though church discipline most often occurs on a private level between two believers, the elders in a local church have the responsibility and authority to ensure that the biblical guidelines are followed in all such matters. Prayer and the person and work of the Holy Spirit are crucial in the church discipline process. It is only through His working that anyone will turn from their sin, which is the ultimate goal of church discipline.


1. Matters of personal conduct & lifestyle

• Lying to and testing the Holy Spirit, hypocrisy (Acts 5:1-11).
• Sexual immorality, greed, idolatry, slander, drunkenness, swindling
(1 Cor 5:1-13).
• Idleness, busybodies (1 Thess 5:142 Thess 3:611-13).

2. Unresolved interpersonal issues (Matt 18:17).
3. Matters of church conduct

• Divisiveness, upsetting the faith of some (Rom 16:17-18Titus 3:9-11).
• Hypocrisy, leading others astray (Gal 2:11-14).
• False teaching (Titus 1:10-16Rev 2:14-162 John 9-11).
• Insubordination (Titus 1:10-1116).
• Blasphemy (1 Tim 1:20).

4. Matters of belief, doctrine (Jas 5:19-20Rev 2:220).

• See FBC’s Essential Truths for a list of vital doctrines.

5. Sin in general: disobedience to Scripture (Gal 6:1-22 Thess 3:611-15Jas 5:19-20).


Church discipline involves the corporate body seeking the repentance & restoration of a professing believer.  Matt 18:15-17 gives the general principles for the process.

STEP 1 = Confront the sinning brother/sister privately. (v.15)

• This is to be carried out by the person who is aware of the sin. There is no need for anyone else to know.
• Publicity and gossip at this point only creates unnecessary anger and bitterness, especially if it really is not a case of sin, but rather a simple misunderstanding.

STEP 2 = Confront the sinning brother/sister with one or two witnesses. (v.16)

• Assemble your efforts with those who will be witnessing the action (with one or two witnesses).  Involve that person’s ministry leader. Establish the facts to confirm the truth of the accusation.

• The purpose of the witnesses is to:

(1) help protect everyone from misunderstanding, misquotation, further sin, etc.,
(2) verify the sin so that there is no unjust accusations,
(3) create necessary support and basis for further action, and
(4) obey the Lord.

STEP 3 = Have the whole church call the sinning brother/sister to repent. (v.17)

• This step is initiated and determined by the eldership of the church.
• The person and his/her offense will be publicly reported to the body for the purpose of mobilizing those that know him/her towards restoration. This information is not to be gossiped about, but used to pursue and pray for him/her.
• Those who know the sinning brother/sister must make every effort to call them to turn from their sin, to Christ in obedience.
• Those who don’t know him/her must pray for God to change his/her heart.

STEP 4 = Ostracize the unrepentant from fellowship and worship. (v.17)

• This decision is also determined by the elders of the church.
• At this point, the person is no longer welcome at any of the activities of the local church, and will be asked by a ministry leader to leave if he/she shows up.
• The congregation is to have little interaction with the person – basically they are to shun the professing brother/sister in sin except to confront them on their sin. They are not to fellowship with them in any way, but rather should pray for and exhort them to repent, and seek restoration to the church through the eldership.
• Though removed from our fellowship, we should still desire and pray that there would be repentance and restoration.


Things that will not stop church discipline:

There are only two actions that will terminate church discipline:

1)  Repentance, as described in Matt 18:15-17 and 2 Cor 7:10-11.
2)  Realization and profession by that person that Christ is not their Savior, and they are not a Christian.


The primary benefit of church discipline is that it’s the God-ordained process for the restoration of sinning brother (Gal. 6:1-2).


      • The Church maintains internal purity of doctrine and character
        (1 Cor 5:6-13).
      • Within the church, God places a greater fear of sin (1 Tim 5:17).
      • Outside the church, a purer testimony is maintained with the surrounding unsaved community (1 Pet 2:12).


Again, the primary goal in any church discipline is to “turn him back” (Jas 5:19-20) and bring the person to repentance so that he/she can be restored to the body. The kind, length and severity of the discipline depends on the nature and circumstances of the sin.


Sin: A momentary, uncharacteristic lapse into sin where there is genuine grief and repentance.
Response: Private reproving that results in gentle restoration at the point of repentance.
Gal 6:1  Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you to be tempted.


Sin: More blatant sin (willful disobedience) or over a longer duration, or unclear repentance.

1. Reprove in private… if no repentance proceed with step two (Matt 18:15).
2. Bring along a witness… if no repentance proceed with step three (Matt 18:16).
3. Tell it to the church… if no repentance proceed with step four (Matt 18:17).
4. Separate the person from the fellowship of the body (Matt 18:17).
5. Forgiveness, comfort, & love when repentance is demonstrated (2 Cor 2:6-8).
6. Restoration to appropriate ministry after a significant pattern of obedience has been established (Luke 16:10).


Sin: Severe sin on a long-term basis, and no repentance.

1. Judgment (1 Cor 5:3).
2. Corporate grief (1 Cor 5:1-2).
3. Expulsion from fellowship (Matt 18:17Rom 16:171 Cor 5:211-132 Thess 3:611-15Titus 3:10-112 John 9-11).
4. In some instances, delivering to Satan to do what he wants in their life (1 Cor 5:4-51 Tim 1:20).
5. Forgiveness, comfort, & love when repentance is demonstrated (2 Cor 2:6-8).
6. Restoration to appropriate ministry after a significant pattern of obedience has been established (Luke 16:10).


Sin: e.g., divisiveness, sin by an elder
Response: the process of discipline can vary, according to Scripture

1 Timothy 5:19-20  Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses. Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all.

Titus 3:10-11 Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.



1. Believers should be hesitant before suing.

Prov 25:8-10  Do not go out hastily to argue your case.
Rom 12:18  If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

2. If at all possible, believers should seek to settle out of court.

Matt 5:25  Make friends with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way…

3. Believers should pursue a selfless attitude as much as possible.

Matt 5:40  If anyone wants to sue you, and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.


1. Christians must not sue or go to court against a fellow believer (1 Cor 6:1-7).
2. Believers will judge the world and angels, and should able to judge the affairs of this life (vv. 2-3).
3. Unbelievers judging between Christians brings shame to the church
(vv. 4-6).
4. It is better to be wronged and defrauded than to sin by going to court against a believer.

1 Cor 6:17  Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? … Actually then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another.  Why not rather be wronged?  Why not rather be defrauded?



1. The universe came into existence because God created it.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Col 1:17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

2. It continues to exist by the Word of His power.

Heb 1:3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high;


1. The early chapters of Genesis are the factual, complete and accurate description of creation.
2. The word “day” (yom) as used in the Genesis account means a literal twenty-four hour period of time.

Gen 1:5 And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

3. When yom is used with the numerical adjective, it always means a 24-hour day.
4. When yom is united with the phrase “morning & evening” (over 100 times in the Old Testament), it always means a 24-hour day.
5. If Gen 1 is not a literal 7-day creation account, then death would have entered the world prior to sin.  This is contrary to Rom 5:12.


The ultimate goal of both the church and the Christian home is the glory of God. Specifically, the goal of the family is to: (1) reach children for Christ; and (2) equip them so that they may become mature Christian adults (“complete in Christ”). (For more on this, please refer to FBC’s philosophy of ministry.)


1. The family is the God-designed, natural place for training to occur.

Deut 6:4-9 ~ Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

a. The primary responsibility for spiritual instruction has been given by God to fathers.  Fathers must not surrender this responsibility to their wives, another adult, or to any organization (church, Christian school, etc.).

Eph 6:4 ~ And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

b. Mothers are equally important as they share the labors alongside fathers in the administration of his great task.

2. The Man’s Role in the home is to provide headship and leadership for the family.

Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.

a. He must love his wife by sensitively communicating with her, protecting her purity and encouraging her spiritual growth.

Eph 5:28-29  So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;  for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church.
1 Pet 3:7  You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow-heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

b. He should provide for the tangible needs of his household.

1 Tim 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.

c. He should train his children to be faithful followers of Christ.

Deut 6:5-6 And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
Eph 6:4  And fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

3. THE WOMAN’S ROLE in the home is to be a helper for her husband.

Gen 2:20-23 …a helper suitable for him…

a. Although equal with men as far as identity and person, women have a distinct and different role.

1) The Scriptures teach that women are equally created in God’s image.

Gen 1:27  …in the image of God He created them;  male and female He created them.

2) In relation to salvation and standing in Christ, women are equal with men.

Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

b. Scripture indicates that the primary responsibility for women is within the family.

1 Tim 5:14  Therefore I want younger widows  to get married, bear children, keep house…
Titus 2:4-5  That they may encourage the younger women… to be workers at home.

1) God has also sovereignly allowed singles and women without children to have a unique freedom for other ministry, cf. 1 Cor 7:33-34.

c. Within the marriage, the woman is called to lovingly submit to her husband. This is not blind obedience, but rather loving service, cooperation and prayer, united with volitional submission to the husband’s God-ordained role as leader and head. She is to mirror the church’s joyful and voluntary submission to Christ.

Eph 5:22  Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
1 Cor 11:3 But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.

d. Raising children is the primary means by which women can have an influence for the kingdom of God.

1 Tim 2:15  But women shall be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.
Titus 2:4 & 5 That they may encourage the younger women… to love their children…. to be workers at home.


Since the local church is a community of believers with a variety of gifts, this necessary vehicle for spiritual growth must be accessed by parents in the training of their children.

1. The Christian family is a part of the local church and cannot fulfill its God-given design without being actively involved in one.

a. The church is to equip and encourage families.

Col 1:28-29 ~ And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ. And for this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
Eph 4:11-1316 ~ And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ… from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

b. Individuals are to submit to elders.

Heb 13:17 ~ Obey your leaders, and submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.

c. Believers are to minister their gifts.

1 Pet 4:10 ~ As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
1 Cor 12:7 ~ But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

2. In the local assembly, God has given both authority (the right and power to command) and responsibility (the obligation to command) to elders (Acts 20:28-34). Within the family, authority and responsibility has been given to fathers (1 Cor 11:3-16Eph 6:4).

a. Fathers are to be under the authority of the elders while having God-given authority to parent their children. These will not be in conflict with each other so long as the principles of the Word of God are upheld. Preferences can be determined individually.

b. Fathers are primarily responsible for the spiritual welfare of their own children and this training must occur in the context of the local church.

3. THE MEN’S ROLE in the church is to serve as the leaders, both in serving and teaching, of the local church.

1 Tim 3:1-13 It is a trustworthy statement; if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.  An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife…Deacons likewise must be men of dignity…

a. Men are to be noted for prayer in the church.

1 Tim 2:8  Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.

b. Older men are to be wise and dignified examples to the younger men and the rest of the congregation.

Titus 2:2 Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.

c. Younger men are to be wise examples of good deeds, with purity in doctrine and speech.

Titus 2:6-8 Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, in order that the opponent may be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.

4. THE WOMEN’S ROLE in the church is to utilize their spiritual giftedness in ministry to the Body.

1 Cor 12:7  But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

a. One of the primary avenues of ministry is for older women in the church to teach younger women.

Titus 2:3-5  Older women…teaching what is good, that they may encourage the younger women…

b. The Scriptures teach that women are not to teach or exercise authority over men in the church.

1 Tim 2:12  But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.
1 Cor 14:34  Let the women keep silent in the churches…


In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed gay marriage to be legal nationwide. The Bible teaches something different entirely.


1. God’s design in creation was for a man to be married to a woman, for life.

Gen 1:27  Male and female He created them.
Gen 2:24  For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife…

2. Biblically, the term “marriage” is always understood to mean the uniting of one man with one woman, by covenant and consummation, in a single and exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.

Genesis 2:18-25 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” … The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. … For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

3. Sexual intimacy is intended by God to only occur and be experienced between a man and a woman who are married to one another.

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.
1 Corinthians 7:2–5 …each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband. The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

• For more on marriage, see Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage below.


1. The Scriptures unequivocally condemn homosexual behavior in the Old and New Testaments.

Lev. 20:13 If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.
1 Cor. 6:9–10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, not idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals… shall inherit the kingdom of God.

2. This is not a response to cultural factors, but an expression of God’s attitude towards behavior that is opposed to His original design.

Lev 18:22  You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.
Rom 1:26-27  God gave them over to degrading passions… men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
1 Cor 6:9  Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, not idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals… shall inherit the kingdom of God.

3. The Scriptures consistently present homosexuality as sinful behavior that is in opposition to God’s plan for men, women and marriage.

1 Cor. 6:9–10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, not idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals… shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Tim. 1:9–10 the law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching

4. Likewise, any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, transgender orientation and/or identity, bestiality, pedophilia, incest, and use of pornography) is equally sinful and offensive to God. Any and all intimate sexual activity is sinfully contrary to the revealed will of God in Scripture when it occurs outside of God’s design for marriage.

Mark 7:20–23 That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.
Matt. 19:4 And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE?
Rom. 1:24-32 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
1 Cor. 6:9-10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.


1. As sinners against God, we all deserve His immediate condemnation and full wrath. In His great love, God does not treat any of us as we deserve.

Ps. 103:10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Isa. 48:9 For the sake of My name I delay My wrath.

2. God desires for all people to repent and be saved, including homosexuals. He offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

2 Pet. 3:9 The Lord… is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
Rom. 10:9-10 if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
1 Cor 6:9-11  Do not be deceived; neither fornicators…nor homosexuals… shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of God.

3. Just as with any other sinner saved by grace, Christ’s cleansing is sufficient to enable a person to begin a new life.

1 Cor 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man, but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.
Rom. 6:11-14 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

4. Since every person is created by God and an image-bearer of Him, and our salvation is not by our work or due to any inherent worth in us, Christians are to treat ALL people with compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity.

a. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated, and are not in accord with Scripture or the truths delineated in ‘What We Teach.’

Lk. 6:31-32 Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
Gal. 5:31 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”



1. The Scriptures imply that life begins at conception.

Ps 139:13-16  Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in the book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.

Jer 1:5  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.

2. The Scriptures indicate that all children are a gift from the Lord (Not just those that are “wanted” or physically perfect).

Ps 127:3  Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward.

Exod 4:11  And the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?

3. In light of the above statements a biblical conclusion is that abortion is murder.

Jas 2:11 …(if you) commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.


The Hebrew word translated “miscarriage” in this verse usually refers in the Old Testament to a live birth. Thus, there was a fine for a premature live birth, but the death penalty was invoked for “further injury”, which was the death of the prematurely-born baby.

Ex 21:22-25  And if men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she has a miscarriage, yet there is no further injury, he shall surely be fined…. But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty, life for life.



1. “Spiritual gifts” are special abilities given by God to individual believers for spiritual service in ministry (1 Cor 12:7111 Pet 4:11).

2. Spiritual gifts are a direct stewardship from God, to be used for His glory (1 Cor 12:181 Pet 4:10).

3. Believers can fail to utilize their giftedness (1 Tim 4:14), and are able to control when they use their giftedness (1 Cor 14:27-33).

4. The unique gifting of every believer is necessary, required for the health of the church, and as vitally important as every other Christian’s ministry in the body (Rom 12:4-51 Cor 12:14-27Eph 4:11-16).

5. All Christians are commanded to practice what some are specially enabled to do (e.g., Luke 6:36Rom 12:13Deut 6:4-71 Th. 5:11). There is no excuse for a believer to neglect obedience by saying, “I’m not gifted.” For example, “I don’t need to be merciful, because it’s not my gift. I don’t give because I don’t have the gift of giving.”


1. The plan of God has been revealed progressively throughout history (Rom 11:25-26Eph 2:11-16Heb 1:1-2). How He acts in history is not static (e.g., Gen 9:11).

2. There are only three time periods where the miraculous had a major emphasis in biblical history—Moses, Elijah & Elisha and the New Testament church.

3. In the first century church, certain spiritual gifts served a unique purpose. These are often referred to as the “sign gifts” (miracles, tongues, etc.) because their purpose was to authenticate the message being shared.
Acts 2:22 Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst…

a. The apostles had a foundational role in the spread of the Gospel and the establishment of the church (Eph 2:20). The primary purpose of the sign gifts was to verify their authority and message (Acts 2:435:12-1619:11).

Matt 10:1 And having summoned His twelve disciples, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

2 Cor 12:12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.

1) Some suggest that Mark 16:15-18 is a permanent commissioning for the manifestation of sign gifts. Looking closely, it is evident that Jesus explicitly states that the sign gifts will accompany the apostles, to testify to the gospel message. Mark 16:20 states that this preaching and the confirming signs were accomplished (past tense) by those present.

Mark 16:20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.

Heb 2:4 God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.

4. Because the sign gifts were given as an authentication of the message of the apostles, they became unnecessary as the New Testament canon was completed and the Gospel spread.

a.  Scripture teaches that the gifts of prophecy and knowledge will be set aside, and that the gift of tongues will stop itself.

1 Cor 13:8-10 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.

1)  Though some take “perfect” to mean the eternal state, “perfect” (teleios) in v. 10 is better translated as “mature” (cf. 1 Cor 2:614:20).

2)  Paul is referring to the “maturity” of the church; as it grew, there would no longer be a need for the sign gifts’ authentication of its gospel message.

b. The gift of healing visibly fades from the life of the church.

2 Tim 4:20 Trophimus I left sick at Miletus.

Jas 5:14  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church…

See the following section on “Healing”

c.  The gift of apostleship has ended.

1) Apostleship was a gift as well as an office (1 Cor 12:28-31Eph 4:711).

2) A qualification to be an apostle required having seen Jesus risen (Acts 1:221 Cor 9:1-2).

3) The apostles, along with the prophets, were given to build the foundation of the church.

Eph 2:20  …having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone


1.  What is the gift of tongues?

a. The gift of “Tongues” is the ability to speak in a real language not understood by the speaker yet known by some who are present.

Acts 2:4, 6  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance…And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because they were each one hearing them speak in his own language.

1)  The gift of tongues is not a devotional or prayer language.

a) Paul’s statement in 1 Cor 13:1 is sometimes used to support this.

1 Cor 13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

b) Paul is speaking of a hypothetical situation rather than an actual ability. This is the case in verses 1-3, where he moves from the actual to the hypothetical, to explain the necessity of love.

1 Cor 13:2-3  And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

b. Tongues were primarily for a sign to unbelieving Jews.

1 Cor 14:21-22  “By men of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people…” So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to unbelievers.

1) God also used the sign gift of tongues to confirm to the Jews His gift of salvation to the Gentiles.

Acts 11:17-18  “If God therefore gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” And when they heard this, they quieted down, and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.” (cf. Acts 10:45-48)

c. There is no record of the gift of tongues in later epistles.

1 Cor 13:8 …if there are tongues they will cease…

1) See above on “The Temporary Nature of Some Gifts”.

2.  Are the gifts of healing and/or miracles still in effect?

a. The gifts of healing and miracles primarily verified the authority of Jesus and those He sent out.  They are no longer given as gifts to the Body.

1) See above on “The Temporary Nature of Some Gifts”.

2) These acts were done instantaneously and were beyond the reach of medicine, many even of today’s medicine (Acts 9:33-42).

3) While the faith of the recipient is mentioned on occasion, it is not essential to the process (Acts 28:8).

b. Just because someone may appear to perform miracles does not indicate that it is from God.

Matt 7:21-23 Lord, Lord, did we not prophecy in your name, and in your name perform miracles?

Matt 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

c. Satan appears as an angel of light and is able to perform miracles (2 Thess 2:9Rev 13:14).

d.  God can still bring healing supernaturally and uses faithful prayer as the method to meet those needs.

Jas 5:14-15  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.

1) Notice that James instructs the sick, persecuted believers to call for the elders’ prayer rather than a Christian gifted in healing.

3.  What is the gift of prophecy and does it still happen?

a. A prophet is one who speaks for God and declares His will to people (Jer 23:21-22).

1) The information a prophet states is gained by direct revelation from God, and not from insight into Scripture (Eph 3:5John 4:18-19Matt 26:67-68Acts 27:22-24).

b. Like Old Testament prophets, those gifted in prophecy were able to predict (foretell) the future.

1) The Old Testament is clear that prophesy involves prediction (Deut 18:20-22Acts 2:30-313:18-251 Pet 1:10-11).

2) There are only a few New Testament examples of prophesy and they all involve prediction (Acts 11:27-2821:10-111 Tim 1:18Rev 1:3).

c. There is no indication of a lesser type of prophet, who is “sometimes” accurate.

1) Predictions are not vague, general statements, but specific predictions that can be verified within a reasonable period of time (Acts 21:10-11).

2) The predictions a genuine prophet made were always true (Deut 18:20-22).

d. Prophets are part of the foundation of the Church, given as a gift for the establishment of the Church (Eph 2:20).

1) With the close of the canon, there is no longer a need for prophecy.

a) Revelation, the last book of the Bible, covers the entire time period from when John wrote it until the eternal state.

b) Rev 22:18 declares a severe penalty on anyone who attempts to add to its prophecies. Therefore any alleged prophecy subsequent to what’s written there is counterfeit.

2) Though there will be prophets, after the Rapture of the Church, during the Tribulation who will have a ministry to Israel and the rest of the world (Joel 2:28). They will not be prophets gifted by the Spirit for the building up of the church, since it has departed.


Despite the variety of governmental forms evident in today’s churches, the Word of God remains abundantly clear regarding how each church is to be ruled and led.


1. The church is to be led by a plurality of biblically-qualified men (called elders) who unanimously, equally, and autonomously shepherd, oversee and lead the local church.

1 Pet 5:1-3 Therefore, I exhort the elders among you… shepherd (lit., “pastor”) the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.

Titus 1:5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you might set in order what remains, and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,

Acts 14:23 And when they (Paul & Barnabas) had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.


1. As seen in 1 Pet 5:1-3, the words for elder, pastor and overseer are used interchangeably to describe the same person/role. Paul does the same thing in Acts 20:1728. Each word describes a portion of the work that an elder does. Hence, it is a team of equals – there are none who are superior to the others.

a. The whole of the New Testament never speaks of “the pastor” with regard to a church (unless it’s referring to Jesus Christ Himself, cf. John 10:16,1 Pet 5:4).

b. Historically, within the first century, no Christian ever took the title of sole/singular ruler, overseer or pastor of a church.

2. Evident in Titus 1:5 (cited above), the priority for Titus was to establish elders (plural) in every city.  It is apparent that the congregation, on its own, is not enough.

a. Furthermore, there is no evident need for a special designated pastor/elder to lead the church, for Paul gave no command to find/hire one. This same principle is evident in Acts 14:23.

1)  In fact, when establishing churches, Paul never ordained a priest, pastor or particular elder to perform the church’s ministry. When a church was established, a plurality of elders was chosen from among the believers to jointly oversee the local community.

b. It is further evident that Titus was not going to remain and be such a man since Titus 3:12 exhorts Titus to return to Paul.

3.  Yet Scripture also states that some of the elders should be financially recompensed for their ministry — this is the modern-day category of ‘pastor.’

1 Tim 5:17-18 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”


1. As unity in purpose, mind and doctrine is commanded of the whole body of Christ (cf. 1 Cor 1:10Eph 4:3-4), how much more is it both expected and necessary of the eldership!

Acts 15:2325 and they sent this letter by them, “The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to the brethren… it seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to…

a. The apostles and elders of the Jerusalem church debated at length (15:6-7) what was essential for Gentile Christians. The decision was made only after they had become unified in their thinking.

2. On an elder team, each man is equal in status, but there exists an acknowledged and beneficial diversity of gifting.

1 Cor 12:711 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good…But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

a. God, through His Spirit, distributes spiritual gifts to each person at the time of salvation.
b. Every believer (including elders) is spiritually gifted by God for the benefit of the body.
c.  Each person is gifted differently so that the church is edified completely (cf. Eph 4:715-16).


“Missions” is the sending forth of qualified leaders by a local church to facilitate the establishment of functioning, multiplying local congregations in any community of people without an already accessible church.


1. The “missionary call” is found throughout all of Scripture.

a. God blessed the nation of Israel to benefit their testimony to the world, so that all the nations would know God’s salvation.

Ps 67:1-7 God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us — That Thy way may be known on the earth, Thy salvation among all nations. …God blesses us that all the ends of the earth may fear Him.

b. Jesus gives a future command, to take place at the formation of the church (“when the Holy Spirit has come upon you”, cf. Acts 2). The church is to be His witnesses locally (Jerusalem), regionally (Judea and Samaria), and globally (the remotest part of the earth).

Acts 1:8 but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.

2. All who know God are to declare His greatness.

a. Israel’s purpose was to proclaim God’s greatness to other nations, demonstrating and declaring man’s total need for Him. Israel was designed with missions in mind (Ps 96:1-13).

b. Peter states to New Covenant believers, Jews & Gentiles, that God saved us with the intention that we would declare His greatness to others.

1 Pet 2:9-12 But you are a chosen race, a  royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light

3. The object of missions has always been to “all the nations.”

a. This focus on other nations is found in God’s covenant with Abraham (Gen 12:1-3). It was God’s desire from the beginning to bring Gentiles into His redemptive plan, cf. Gal 3:7-9.

b. As David brings the ark of God into Jerusalem, we see it declared that part of God’s purpose for the nation of Israel was for them to go “among the nations” and proclaim the good news of salvation (1 Chron 16:23-24).

c. Isaiah points out that the coming of the Messiah was not for the sole benefit of Israel but was expressly so that salvation would extend “to the end of the earth.”

Isa 49:6 He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations so that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”


1. Christ commanded the church to reach all people-groups.

Matt 28:18-20  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

a. Lexically, “all the nations” in Matt 28:19 does not refer to individuals, but to ethnic groups (a.k.a. “people groups”).

2. The local church is to ‘do missions’ locally, regionally & globally.

Acts 1:8 but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem (local), and in all Judea and Samaria (regional), and even to the remotest part of the earth (global).

3. Paul was ordained by God to teach & demonstrate how the church was to function

Eph 3:8-9 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things

a. The mystery which Paul is referring to in Eph 3:9 is the church (cf. 3:4-7). Paul was divinely ordained by God to bring to light the specific rules and guidelines for how the church was to operate.

b. Paul states in 1 Cor 3:10 that he laid the foundation of the church from which we’re to build on. Therefore we must continue the building in line with the pattern and model set out by the original builder.

1 Cor 3:10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation…

4. The goal of missions work is planting & strengthening churches

a. This is evident in the pattern that Luke records of Paul’s missionary labors in Acts.

1) New Fellowship established in Antioch — Acts 11
2) Leadership trained up at newly founded church — Acts 11
3) Team of qualified men sent from the established church — Acts 13-14

Evangelize strategic cities

– Teach in religious centers
– Preach in open air
– Reject rejecters/ Affirm believers

Return to the already evangelized cities

– Gather them into a local church
– Encourage and strengthen the disciples
– Appoint elders
– Commend them to the Lord

Return to “home base”(Antioch)

– Gather the believers together
– Report what God had done
– Spent a long time with the disciples here

4) Cycle Repeats — Acts 15:40-18:22

5. The priority of missions is unchurched regions where new people-groups will hear the truth

a. Romans was written from Corinth, towards the end of Paul’s third missionary journey. Over the course of each journey, Paul had “aspired” to build churches where others had not planted them. His method was to preach the Gospel.

Rom 15:20 And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, that I might not build upon another man’s foundation

b. Paul says that he had “fulfilled” the gospel in a huge area (southern Palestine to northern Italy).

Rom 15:19,23 from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached (lit., “fulfilled”) the gospel of Christ… but now, with no further place for me in these regions…

1) Though there were many unsaved people left in these regions, Paul believed there was no further place for him to work there.
2) His concept of the missionary task was not the reaching of individuals, but the evangelism of unreached peoples.


  • SENDING (Acts 13)
    Missions is not based on individual initiative, but rather on a corporate body of believers sending out from their midst.
    The selection of who is sent is a crucial issue. It must be based on the Holy Spirit’s guidance, united with proven faithfulness and giftedness.
  • EQUIPPING (Eph 4:11-12)
    The entire Mission’s enterprise is vitally linked with equipping, mentoring & training leaders within the local church.
  • LOCAL CHURCH (Acts 13)
    The sending base for missions must be a local church and not a missions agency or denominational board. The local church is the God-ordained instrument for missions.
  • FACILITATE (Acts 14:21-25)
    The first church planters were primarily evangelists & facilitators. From the very beginning the local churches were indigenized. Thus, there was no painful transition from missionary to local church leaders. Likewise, church planters will not likely stay at a church long-term. For a people-group to be broadly reached, indigenous preachers and churches are required.
  • ESTABLISHMENT OF CHURCHES (Acts 13 & 14Rom 15:19-23)
    The goal of the missionary effort must be establishing local churches, not merely winning individuals to Christ. Long-term missionary activity in one location which is having questionable fruit should be evaluated carefully.




1. God ordained marriage to be a unique covenantal bond, exclusively between a man and a woman.

Gen 1:27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (cf. 1 Cor. 11:3).

Gen 2:22-24 The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

a. The church therefore only recognizes marriages between a biological man and a biological woman.

b. The pastors and staff of Faith Bible Church therefore only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman, in marriages that accord with the biblical truths of ‘What We Teach’.

c. Likewise, the facilities and property of Faith Bible Church shall only host weddings between one man and one woman.

2. The act of marriage is marked by both vow and consummation.

Gen 2:24 a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. (cf. 1 Cor 6:16Matt 19:6)

1 Cor 7:3 The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband.

Mal 2:14 the wife of your youth … is your companion and your wife by covenant.

3. The purposes of marriage are many, including to display the unity that exists in the Godhead, to display a visual picture of the relationship that is to exist between Christ and the Church, to conceive and bear children, and also for the husband and wife’s mutual benefit and joy.

Gen. 1:28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Gen. 2:18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”

Eccl. 9:9 Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun. (cf. Gen. 2:18-25)

Eph. 5:22-33 … This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

4. God designed marriage to last a lifetime (cf. 1 Cor 7:10-11).

Gen 2:24 a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.


1. God hates divorce (cf. Mk 10:2-9).

Mal 2:15-16 Take heed then, to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth. For I hate divorce, says the Lord, the God of Israel

2. God also permits this evil to take place, under certain conditions.

Jer. 3:6-8 And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also.

Matt. 1:19-20 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her, desired to put her away secretly.

3. The Bible clearly allows divorce when…

(a) there is unrepentant sexual sin

Matt 19:9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery

(b) an unbelieving spouse seeks the divorce

1 Cor 7:12-16  if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, let him not send her away…Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace.

(i)  Paul’s earlier usage of “leave” in v.11 evidences that he uses this term synonymously for divorce.

(ii)  Lexically, the word “leave” refers to ‘a physical separation’ – not emotional, mental, or spiritual ‘abandonment’


Remarriage is biblically permissible for the believer when…

(a) it’s to the spouse from whom they had previously separated, assuming no other marriages have taken place

1 Cor 7:10-11 the wife should not leave her husband (but if she does leave, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not send his wife away

(b) the spouse has died

1 Cor 7:39 A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.

(c) the other spouse has remarried someone else

Matt 19:6  they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.

Matt 19:9  whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery

(d) the divorce took place before the individual became a Christian and their ex-spouse remains separated from the faith

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

2 Cor 6:14-18 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?

(e) for all biblically permitted divorces as defined in #2

1 Cor 7:15 Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace.

1 Cor 7:27-28 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you should marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin should marry, she has not sinned.


This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and inerrant Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Faith Bible Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our elder board is FBC’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.