The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (Mt. 5:18, 2 Tim. 3:15-17, 2 Pet. 1:20-21, Jn. 10:35)
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. These three persons are equal in every divine perfection, and they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Gen. 1:26, Is. 6:8, Mt. 28:19, Jn. 1:1, Jn. 14:15-26, Acts 5:3-4, Rom. 1:7, Phil. 2:5-6, Heb. 9:14)
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 each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Is. 6:3, Jer. 9:24, Mt. 6:9, Jn. 4:24, Jn. 5:23-24,37, Jn. 14:6, 1 Tim. 6:15-16)
We believe in Jesus Christ, in his Deity, as God’s only begotten 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, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (Lk. 1:26-38, Lk. 24:5-8,50-52, Jn.1:1-2,14, Jn. 3:16, Jn. 8:58, Acts1:10-11, Rom. 3:21-26, Rom.8:34, Phil. 2:6-11, Col. 2:9, Heb. 9:11-14,25-28, Heb. 10:10, 1 Jn. 4:10, 2 Cor. 5:21)
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. (Jn.14:16-17, Jn. 14:26, Rom. 8:26-27, Rom. 8:9, 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 1 Cor. 12:13, 2 Cor. 3:18, Eph. 1:13, Titus 3:5)
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38, Acts 16:30-31, Rom. 3:21-25, Eph. 2:1-10, Titus 3:5-7)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe Christian baptism is by water, in the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Mt. 28:18-20, Lk. 22:19-20, 1 Cor.11:23-26)
We believe in the universal Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession 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 a lost world. (Mt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, 1Cor. 1:2,12:27, Eph. 4:1-16, 5:22-23, Col. 1:18)
We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
(Matt. 5-7, Gal. 5:16-26, Eph. 4-5)
Marriage, Gender and Sexuality
Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, Christ’s Fellowship Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Christ’s Fellowship Church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Christ’s Fellowship Church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Christ’s Fellowship Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Christ’s Fellowship Church. (Gen. 1:26-27, Gen. 2:18-25, Ex. 20:14, Mt. 15:18-20, 1 Cor. 6:9-11,18, 20, Heb. 13:4)
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other. The Church shall be able to utilize the facilities paid for by the tithes and offerings of members in any way that honors God and upholds the beliefs of this Church. (Mk. 12:17, Mk. 13:24-29, Rom. 13)
We believe that the local church can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in an association of churches. Cooperation in this association is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary basis. Christ's Fellowship Church chooses to affiliate with Converge Southeast in support of the advance of the gospel. (Rom. 12:3-21, Eph. 4:1-6, Phil. 2:1-4)
The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal happiness of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked. (Matt 25:31-46, John 14:1-3, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Th. 4:13- 18, 1 Th. 5:2, Rev. 1:7, Rev. 20:11-15, Rev. 21)
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable 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. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Gen. 1:26-27, Ps.139, Rom. 5:8, 1 John 3:16)
Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible 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 Christ’s Fellowship Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Pastoral Staff and our Governing Elders are Christ’s Fellowship Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.