Our Beliefs

 

WHAT WE BELIEVE

A Statement of Faith

Friendship Church exists to glorify God by engaging people everywhere in the adventure of becoming fully devoted followers of Christ.

FIRST THINGS

We believe that the eternal God spoke all of creation into perfect existence in six literal days, and that this work of creation was accomplished through Jesus Christ, who holds all things together. We believe that Adam and Eve were created in the image of God on day six, and that all humanity are direct descendants of this first created man and woman. (Genesis 1:1-2:25, 11:10-30; Matthew 19:4-6; Colossians 1:15-17)

The Word Of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, which consists of sixty-six books. We believe the Word of God was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit without error in the original manuscripts and has supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21)

The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons - the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. We believe the Trinity is equal in every divine perfection and execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, redemption, truth, and judgment. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 25:31-32, 28:19; John 1:1-13, 14:16-17, 25-26, 16:13-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-30; Ephesians 4:5-6; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15-19; Hebrews 1:8, 9:27)

God The Father

We believe in God the Father, an infinite personal Spirit perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin, spiritual death, and eternal punishment all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Matthew 6:6,8, 23:9; John 3:16, 4:23-24, 6:27; Luke 10:21-22; Romans 10:9-13; I Timothy 2:5-6; I Peter 1:3)

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into Heaven, unending intercession for His people, and personal, visible return to earth. We believe that it is only through Jesus Christ that a person can experience forgiveness and eternal life. (Matthew 1:18-25; John 3:16, 14:6; Acts 1:1-11, 4:12; Romans 5:6-8, 6:9-10; I Corinthians 15:3-5; II Corinthians 5:18-21; Ephesians 1:18-23; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-4, 7:25; Revelation 19:11-16)

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment as well as to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 14:16-17, 26, 15:26-27, 16:8-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16, 6:11, 19; Galatians 5:22-26; Ephesians 5:18-21)

Regeneration

We believe that God created man in His own image. By sin man was separated from his Creator and condemned to death. We believe that those who repent and forsake their sin by believing solely on Jesus Christ as their Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation, and are recipients of eternal life. We believe that there is salvation in no other name but Jesus Christ, and that we are saved by grace through faith in Him. (Genesis 1:26, 2:17, 3:19; John 1:12-14, 3:16-18, 5:24, 30; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:19, 23-26, 5:19, 6:23, 8:1; II Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; I John 2:2)

The Church

We believe the Church is a living spiritual body of which Jesus Christ is the head and all believers are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a body of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost world. (Matthew 28:17-20; I Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:4-6, 5:19-21; Colossians 1:18, I Timothy 3:15)

Christian Conduct

We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well being of all people, and that their conduct should be blameless before the world. Believers should be faithful stewards of all they have been given, and that they should seek to realize, for themselves as well as others, the full stature of maturity and discipleship in Jesus Christ. (Matthew 5:2-16; Romans 12:1-2, 9-13; I Corinthians 2:14-3:3, 6:20; Ephesians 4:14-32; Colossians 1:13-14; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 6:1-2)

The Ordinances

We believe that Jesus Christ has established two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 11:23-29)

Religious Liberty

We believe that every human being has direct relations with God and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith. Each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority and, therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other. (Romans 14:7-9, 12; I Peter 2:5, 9)

Church Cooperation

We believe that the local church can promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with other like-minded churches or organizations. (Acts 15:3; I Corinthians 16:1; Ephesians 4:3-6)

Last Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the endless suffering of the wicked, and the eternal life of the righteous. (Matthew 16:27, 24:30; 25:31-46; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; II Timothy 4:1; Revelation 1:7, 19:11-16)

 

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