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Our Heartbeat - Faith Evangelical Church

What We Believe

We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the verbally inspired Word of God, authoritative, infallible and inerrant in the original writings. (2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Matt. 5:18, John 16:12-13)

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, identical in nature, equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4, 2 Cor.13:14, Matt. 28:19-20)

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but tha6t in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God and is totally unable to remedy it lost condition. (Gen 1:26-27, Rom. 3:22-23, 5:12, Eph. 2:12)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption is made sure to us by His literal physical resurrection from the dead. (John 1:1-2, Rom. 3:24-25, 4:25, 1 Peter 1:3-5)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven exalted at the right hand of God, where as the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate. (Heb.9:24, 7:25, Romans 8:34, 1 John 2:1-2)

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; indwells all believers in the present age, baptizes them into the body of Christ, seals them unto the day of redemption and that it is the duty of every believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 8:4, 1 Cor. 12:12-14, Eph, 1:13-14, 5:18, John 16:8-11)

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins. (John 3:16, Eph. 2:8-10, John 1:12, Eph. 1:7) We believe that all true believers, once saved are kept secure forever and can never be lost. (Romans 8:1, 38-39, John 10:27-30, 1 Cor. 1:4-8, Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30)

We believe that the church of Jesus Christ began at Pentecost; is a spiritual organism composed of all born again believers; is a body and bride of our Lord; is distinct from Israel; and that its work is to complete itself through witnessing to lost souls. (Acts 2:34-47, Eph. 1:22-23, 5:25-27, 1 Cor. 12:12- 14) We believe the two ordinances of the Lord’s Table and the water baptism of believers are designated in the Scripture as a means of testimony for the Church in this age. (Matt. 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-42, 8:36-39,18:8, 1 Cor. 11:23-26)

We believe in the personality of Satan, who is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Job 1:6-7, Matt 4:2-11, Is. 14:12-17, Ezek. 28:11-19) and whose destiny is everlasting punishment.

We believe that all believers should seek to walk in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Lord and Savior and that separation from worldly pleasures and practices and associations is commanded of God. (Lev. 19:2, Rom. 12:1-2,14:13, 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1, 1 John 2:15-17)

We believe that the gifts of the Spirit have been sovereignty given to the church by its Head, Christ, through the agency of the Holy Spirit, to be lovingly exercised by each member of His body for the common good of the body to the end that it may grow into His likeness. We believe, that the gifts of men as evangelists and as Pastors-teachers are given to the church today to equip the members of the body to utilize their individual gifts to effect the ministry of the church as a whole, and so build itself up in love toward maturity in Christ. (Rom. 12:1-9a, 1 Cor. 12:1-31, 2 Cor. 12:12, Eph. 4:7-16, Heb. 2:1-4, 1 Pet. 4:7-11).

We believe in that “Blessed Hope” the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of each believer. (1 Thess. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 1 Thess. 1:10; Rev. 3:10)

We believe that the should of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into the His presence, and there remain in conscious joy until the resurrection of the glorified body at His coming, when spirit and soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in the glory; but the soul of the unbelievers remain after death in conscious torment until the final judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium, when the spirit and soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting punishment from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. (Luke 16:19-26, 23:43, 2 Cor. 5:8, Phil. 1:23, 2 Thess. 1:7-9, Jude 6-7, Rev. 20:11-15)

Our Core Values

The following are terms that describe who we are and why we do what we do. They are the core values because they are at the center as primary motivations for all that we do.

The Bible is the highest source of written authority for God’s plan for His people; it reveals how to live out that plan, individually and corporately. Beliefs, practices and priorities are to be anchored in clear biblical teachings.  We are committed to preaching and teaching and using God’s word as our source in everything we do.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

We seek to exalt God through our times of corporate worship.God alone is worthy of our worship. Our goal is to love and worship Him above all else.  God is infinitely concerned with the heart of the worshiper. (John 4:23-24)

Making disciples is a clear mandate from Christ. This requires a strong focus on evangelism and training in spiritual growth and holy living. Done effectively, this will produce and promote growth and health in and among the church.  (Matthew 28:19-20)

The world needs to hear the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins and no one comes to the father but by Him.  We will continue to be a church that boldly proclaims this message of Christ.  To fail to do so is to disobey the great commission of Jesus.  (Romans 10:14)

The truth of the Gospel reveals that Jesus Christ came to this world to redeem people.  We strive to be a church that cares for people, a church that welcomes people in, and church that encourages fellowship.  (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Scripture has much to say about the family.  One of our goals is to strengthen families.  To do this we seek to encourage and strengthen men to be godly husbands and fathers; women to be godly wives and mothers; and children to develop humble and obedient hearts.  We know from experience & from scripture that the key to a strong church is strong families. (Eph. 6:1-3)

Missions is God’s plan for getting His Word throughout the world.  We, as a church, encourage people to consider becoming missionaries & we encourage people to support missionaries through their prayers and their finances.  (Philippians 4:14-20)

We recognize that God takes action when His people pray.  Prayer is our channel to God.  We recognize that we can do nothing in and of ourselves and that we can only function by the strength He provides.  Private and corporate prayer is essential for the life of the church.  (John 14:13-16)

In Christ is found the highest and most practical meaning and clearest example for holy living or godliness. Christ is both example and strength as we pursue integrity, excellence, faith, hope and love.  (Romans 8:29)

We understand that our youth are the future of the church.  Our youth ministry teaches our youth what it means to have a relationship with God and what it means to serve God.  (John 17:3)

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