Fellowship is built on a core set of beliefs that we call our Essential Beliefs.

These are the beliefs in which we have unity and on which we base our fundamental decisions.

  • God
  • Jesus Christ
  • The Holy Spirit
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.

He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

These three are coequal and are one God.

Genesis

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.— Genesis 1:1

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.— Genesis 1:26

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.— Genesis 1:27

And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:— Genesis 3:2

Psalm

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.— Psalm 90:2

Matthew

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:— Matthew 28:19

1 Peter

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.— 1 Peter 1:2

2 Corinthians

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.— 2 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

He is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit.

Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.

He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.

He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King.

Matthew

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,— Matthew 1:22

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.— Matthew 1:23

Isaiah

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.— Isaiah 9:6

John

1-In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2-The same was in the beginning with God.
3-All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4-In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5-And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.— John 1:1-5

10-Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11-Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
12-Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13-And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14-If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15-If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16-And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17-Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18-I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19-Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20-At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21-He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22-Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
23-Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
24-He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
25-These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26-But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27-Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
28-Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
29-And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
30-Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.— John 14:10-30

Hebrews

14-Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15-For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.— Hebrews 4:14-15

1 Corinthians

3-For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4-And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:— 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Romans

3-Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
4-And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:— Romans 1:3-4

Acts

9-And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10-And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11-Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.— Acts 1:9-11

1 Timothy

14-That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15-Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;— 1 Timothy 6:14-15

Titus

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;— Titus 2:13

The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God.

He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.

He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.

He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.

He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

Acts

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.— Acts 1:8

1 Corinthians

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.— 1 Corinthians 2:12

16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.— 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Ephesians

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,..— Ephesians 1:13

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;..— Ephesians 5:18

John

16-And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17-Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.— John 14:16-17

7-Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8-And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9-Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10-Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11-Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12-I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13-Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.— John 16:7-13

Galatians

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.— Galatians 5:25

  • The Bible
  • People
  • Salvation
  • Eternity
The Bible is God’s Word to us.

It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.

It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living.

Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.

  • 2 Timothy 3:16, 1:13
  • 2 Peter 1:20-21
  • Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6
  • Proverbs 30:5
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.

People are the supreme object of God’s creation.

Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”.

Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our life.

  • Genesis 1:27
  • Psalm 8:3-6
  • Isaiah 53:6a
  • Romans 3:23
  • Isaiah 59:1-2
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it.

We can never make up for our sin by self:improvement or good works.

Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty.

When we turn from our self:ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved.

Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

  • Romans 6:23
  • Ephesians 2:8-9
  • John 14:6, 1:2
  • Titus 3:5
  • Galatians 3:26
  • Romans 5:1, 10:9-10
People were created to exist forever.

We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.

To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven.

Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.

  • John 3:16, 14:17
  • Romans 6:23, 8:17-18
  • Revelation 20:15
  • 1 Corinthians 2:7-9