True Fellowship Baptist Church

What We Believe

The Godhead

We believe that God is the Sovereign creator of the universe.  He is an intelligent, spiritual and personal Being.  We also believe that the Godhead exists eternally in three persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  In essence these three are one God, co-existent, co-eternal and co-equal.

We believe that every believer has the responsibility to worship God and God alone.  He has created mankind to have fellowship with Him and one another.  He is the only true and living God, holy and immutable in His character.  God although incomprehensible, is knowable and personable.
(Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19-20)

The Holy Bible
We believe that Holy Bible is the inspired, living word of God.  We further believe that the Scripture consisting of both Old and New Testaments is the absolute authority for faith and practice and it is without error in its instruction. 
(II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; II Peter 1: 20 – 21)
The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus the Christ is the eternal Son of God who came into the world that He might make known the love of God to all mankind.  We believe that Jesus Christ is the risen Savior and redeemer of the world.  In that He is the only means to the Father for salvation.  Jesus Christ is the head of the church.  He was born of the Virgin Mary, tabernacled on earth in a human body with a sinless nature without ever ceasing to be God.  (John 1: 14-18; 3:16-17; Philippians 2: 5-11; Acts 4:12)   

We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross as the ultimate sacrificial lamb that submitted to the Father’s will to satisfy the righteous demands of a Holy God.  He thus became the propitiation for mankind taking away the sins of the world.  
(II Corinthians 5: 14-15; Colossians 1: 13-14; I Timothy 2: 5; Hebrews 10: 14; I John 2:2)

We believe that this same Jesus was resurrected from the grave on the third day morning with a now glorified body.  This resurrected body now serves as the paradigm, which all believers will receive for eternity. 
(John 20:20; I Corinthians 15: 42-49; II Corinthians 5: 1-5; Philippians 3: 20-21)  

We believe that Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and was accepted by the Father.  As a result, He now reigns as Head over all things.  He is preeminent and Head of the church which is His body and in this ministry Christ does not cease to intercede and serve as advocate for those who are now members of His forever family. 
(Ephesians 1: 22-23; Colossians 1: 16-19; Hebrews 1:3)

We believe that Jesus Christ will some day return to receive those who have trusted in Him to live eternally in His presence.
(Hebrews 9:27-28; I Thessalonians 4: 13-18)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity who dwells in every believer at very point of faith in Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit is also co-existent, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son.  He is the agent by which all believers are empowered and sanctified to live the Christian life both personally and corporately.

We believe that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to every believer that enables the body to be built up in the unity of the faith.    
(Romans 8: 12-17; I Corinthians 12: 11-13; Galatians 6: 16-25)

Salvation

We believe salvation is by grace through faith plus nothing.  This faith is placed in the finished work of the cross through the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  No individual can merit salvation or inherit the kingdom from anything of themselves.  Salvation is ultimately the unmerited gift of God and not the result of human works.  
(John 3:16; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9-10; I Corinthians 15: 3-4)

We believe that upon faith in Jesus Christ, one is rescued from the kingdom of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of light.  In essence believers are saved from spiritual death into fellowship with Almighty God.
(John 1:12; 5:24; Colossians 1:13-14)

We believe that once salvation has been granted by grace through faith, every believer is kept saved kept forever. 
(John 10: 27-29; Romans 8: 1, 31-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; Hebrews 10:14; I John 5: 11-12; I Peter 1: 3-5)

The Church

We believe that all who have placed faith in Jesus Christ have been baptized into one body called the church.  The church thus serves as the primary agent by which God intends to reach the world.  The church is responsible for making disciples of all nations by spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We believe that the local Church gathers together to receive doctrinal and practical instruction concerning the Scriptures.  The church exists solely to exalt the Savior, evangelize the lost and edify the saints.  Those who believe are the family of God and are to grow in Him to serve as an example of His love to all mankind.   
(Matthew 28: 18-20; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 4: 13-16)

The Lord’s Day

We believe in the reality of the resurrected Christ on the first day of the week.  Out of response to the testimony and example of the early church, this day serves as the Christian’s day of Worship. 

Thus the local church meets to also testify to Christ’s victory over the grave.
(Matt. 28:1-9; Mark 16:9; John 20:19; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor 16:2; Revelation 1:10)

The Rapture and Second Coming of Christ

We believe that at a time in the future, the Lord Jesus Christ shall return in the air to receive to Himself into heaven those who have placed faith in Him.  This will include the dead in Christ and those who are alive. 

We believe this snatching of the saints will then be followed by a 7-year period known as the great tribulation.  This 7-year period will itself be followed by the Lord’s second coming to the earth to establish His millennial kingdom. 
(Zechariah 14:4-11; I Thessalonians 4: 13-17; Revelation 3:10)

Family

We believe that the family is the covenantal unit between a man and a woman established by God.  The family is designed to populate the earth but ultimately to serve as an illustration of Christ and His bride, the church. 

We believe that since God establishes marriage, it can only be dissolved by those grounds as outlined in Scripture.
(Genesis 2: 18-25; Hebrews 13: 4)

The Responsibility of the Leadership
We believe that God appoints leaders, Elders & Deacons, to guide His church in the understanding and application of the Holy Writ.  It is the leadership of the responsibility to be examples of godliness as they see to the spiritual well-being and protection of the flock over which God has given them charge. 
(Acts 6:1-8; 20:28; Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 5: 1-3)
The Authority of Leadership
We believe that God has appointed the leadership role of the church to be that of male leadership.  Thus it is the conviction of True Fellowship Baptist Church as outlined in the Holy Scripture that the Pastoral role and all subsequent responsibilities are that of an ordained male.  The female gender will have opportunities to share their speaking, administrative or shepherding gifts within the context of women, children and youth; however, the doctrinal and authoritative exposition of scripture shall be the sole and primary responsibility of the Pastor or his appointee during the general congregational services. 
(I Timothy 3: 1-7; Eph 4: 9-13)