Our Doctrine Statement

 

  • Who are Free Will Baptists?

Free Will Baptist roots can be traced to England as early as 1611. The first FWB church in America was begun by Paul Palmer in 1727 in Perquimans County, North Carolina. Some years later, in 1780, under the leadership of Benjamin Randall, Free Will Baptists were established in the northeast at New Durham, New Hampshire. From these early beginnings, Free Will Baptists in America have had a continuing ministry. Today, the National Association of Free Will Baptists is active in 40 states and 20 foreign countries. The work of the National Association is promoted from the National Office Building and Randall House Publications, both located in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • What do Free Will Baptists believe?

The following doctrinal statement is intended as a summary statement, not a comprehensive review. It is subscribed to by all the leadership of the churches and is taught to all people within the church families. While there may be differences of opinion about some doctrines, these basic tenets of the faith are held dear by the church body.

Should you wish a full doctrinal statement, see bottom of page. The Christian life is a growth and maturity process. Wherever you are on your journey with Christ, or if you haven’t yet begun that journey, we invite you to join us in worship and fellowship.

 

WHAT WE BELIEVE …

  • CONCERNING THE BIBLE

The original writings of both the Old and New Testaments were breathed by God into the prophets, apostles, and apostolic associates by means of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit gave the message which was recorded by human authors according to their personalities and backgrounds. We believe these writings are without  error and are of supreme and final authority in the lives of believers in every age and every generation.

 

  • ABOUT GOD

There is but one true and living God, who eternally exists as three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who exclusively share in the work of creation, maintenance of the universe, redemption, and judgment.

 

  • REGARDING PEOPLE AND OUR NEED

Human beings were created in the image of God, but because of Adam’s sin that image has been marred, and all are now born with a sinful nature. People are unable to function in moral responsibility before God. All individuals need spiritual regeneration before they can become what God intended for them to be.

 

  • ABOUT GOD, THE SON

The Eternal Son, Jesus Christ, entered into the human race as the virgin-born son of Mary. He was named Jesus, fulfilled Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah, was rejected by Jewish leaders, condemned by Pontius Pilate, crucified by Roman soldiers, buried in a borrowed tomb, but on the third day arose bodily from the dead in accordance with the predictions of the Old Testament Scriptures.

 

  • CONCERNING REDEMPTION

Jesus Christ died on the cross as a sinless substitute for sinners of all ages and times. The Father was in this manner, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, reconciling the world to Himself. All who receive the risen Jesus as Lord, by repentance and faith, are spiritually born into a permanent membership in the family of God.

 

  • REGARDING GRACE AND ATONEMENT

Atonement for the sins of all people has been freely provided through Jesus Christ. The grace of God that brings us to salvation has been freely extended to all people. The grace of God is sufficient to save each and every human being who turn to Christ in repentance and faith.

 

  • ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the resurrected Jesus ascended to heaven and on the day of Pentecost sent the Holy Spirit to baptize the Church as the Body of Christ in the world. The Holy Spirit came to en-dwell, guide, teach, and empower all who believe. He imparts to them the life of Jesus so they may live godly lives and engage in loving service to any who are in need.

 

  • CONCERNING THE CHURCH

The Church consists of all who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. It finds expression as local churches, operating under the direction of Jesus as Lord and Head of His body. The Holy Spirit works through deacons, pastor/teachers, and evangelists who have been called to equip the saints to fulfill the work of the ministry as described in the Scriptures.

 

  • REGARDING THE ORDINANCES

Salvation is a free gift of God to all who place their faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior. Jesus directed new believers to follow that step of faith with water baptism as an outward symbol of their spiritual identification with His death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus directed His followers to participate together in the memorial supper to remember His death until He comes again in glory. He also taught His followers to perform acts of humility and service; following His example of humility in washing His disciples’ feet.

 

  • ABOUT CHRISTIAN RESPONSIBILITY

All believers have been made new persons in Christ through spiritual rebirth. We are still capable of acting on urges of the sinful nature (or the flesh) with which we were once identified. When we do act on the urges of our sinful nature, we only produce works which do not please God. We can, however, choose to rely upon the Holy Spirit living within us. It is our responsibility to individually make that choice which leads to a fruitful life that glorifies and pleases the Father.

 

  • CONCERNING THE FUTURE

We believe that Jesus Christ will return to this earth in visible human form, judging the evil of the world and calling the Church into eternal companionship with Himself. The prophetic predictions of the kingdom describe both the present spiritual blessings upon the Church and the future literal establishment of His kingdom. It will conclude with a final resurgence of evil which will be totally and finally overcome by God. The new heaven and new earth will be created in which righteousness alone shall eternally dwell. All human beings will be raised from the dead, at their proper time, to participate either in the eternal life prepared for those who have been redeemed, or to participate in the eternal punishment reserved for the devil and his angels.

 

 

What we believe:

 
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