DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

We believe:

1. Bible
The Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union. (Mt. 5:17-18; Jn. 16:12-15; 2Tim.3:16-17; 2Pt.1:20-21)

2. God
We believe in one God, creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1-2; Deut.6:4-5; Mt. 28:19-20; 2Cor. 13:14)

3. Christ
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return (Mt. 1:18-23; Jn. 1:1-18; Rom. 5:12-19; 1Cor 15:1-8)

4. Holy Spirit
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit Who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; Who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ. (Jn. 7:37-39; 14:16-17; Rom.8:9; 1Cor. 12:13)

5. Satan

We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, the archenemy of god and man. (Gen. 3:1-15; Job 1:6-12; 2Cor. 11:13-15; 1Pt. 5:8-9)

6. Man

We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death. (Gen.1:26-27; 3:1-24; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3)

7. Salvation
We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God; that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord. (Jn. 6:35-40; Rom.3:19-26; 8:28-30; 1Pt. 1:18-23)

8. Future Things
We believe:

- in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ;

- in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust;

- in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed in a literal heaven; and,

- in the judgment and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked in a literal hell. (Mt. 25:31-46; Jn.5:28-29; 1Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 20-22) Just as Jesus Christ promised and His apostles affirmed.

9. Local Church
We believe that this church is a company of believers, who have been baptized by immersion, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the church. We believe that its officers are elders and deacons. (Rom. 12:3-8; Eph. 4:1-16;1Tim. 3:1-15; 1Pt. 2:9-10)

10. Ordinances (visible symbols of the gospel)
Among the things commanded by Christ, there are two visible symbols of the gospel, which he instituted for observance by his followers until he returns, one as a sign of Christian initiation and the other as a means of ongoing nurture.

A. Baptism which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby after he publicly professes his faith, he obeys Christ's command and sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. (Mt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6:3-4)

B. The Lord's Supper which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and drink, which symbolize the Lord's body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes (Lk 22:19-20; 1Cor. 11:23-24)

11. Church and State
Both church and state have divinely ordained functions to perform in obedience to God, but the two are not to be confused. The state is responsible to seek public justice for the good of all, not to give a special status to any particular religious community. (Mt. 22:21)

12. Religious Liberty

We believe in religious liberty; that every man has the right to practice and propagate his beliefs. (Rom.14:11-12)

13. The Lord’s Day

We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise. (Acts 20:7; 1Cor. 16:1-2)

14. Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the kings of the earth. (Acts 5:29; Rom. 13:1-7; 1Pt 2:13-17)

For a fuller statement of the things, which are most surely believed among us, the reader is directed to the FEBCC Affirmation of Faith (adopted April 2002).

The provision of section III of this constitution shall not be added to nor deleted in whole or in part, nor otherwise amended, except by a one hundred (100) percent vote of the active members in good standing present and voting at an annual meeting, and provided further that at least three months written notice thereof has been placed in the hands of the church clerk.