Traditional, Bold Expository Christ-centered Preaching

 

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FMBC Bylaws: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1K5ryWh0BfqKDtpg7-ceidc-OfPwgF1DR

 

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General Beliefs 

 

The Bible

We believe that the entire Bible is verbally inspired by God and, therefore, absolutely inerrant. We believe that it is the infallible Word of God which is our supreme and sole authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:20-21; Matt 5:18; John 17:17)  We believe that the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is the providentially appointed translation for English speaking believers.  We believe that the Textus Receptus is the providentially appointed Greek New Testament and is the crown jewel of the Protestant Reformation.  The Protestant Reformation was the watershed moment in history when God's Special Providence guided this "perfect storm" to set God and His preserved, infallible, and received Word as the highest authority, unseating presumtuous men.  

 

God 

We believe in one living and true God, one in essence, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe each person of the Godhead is equally perfect in every attribute. (Deut 6:4; Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14) We believe that He is the creator and sovereign ruler of all things who deserves our worship and obedience. (Gen 1:1-31; Ps 103:19; Rom 11:36; Eph 3:9; Col 3:16-18; Rev 4:11)

 

Jesus Christ

We believe that over 2000 years ago, the Triune God intervened into history, by the sending the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son, taking the form of man, born of a virgin. He is true God and true man. This God-Man is Jesus Christ. Being true man, he is able to represent fallen man to God. He obeyed God’s law perfectly, leading a sinless life.  Being true God, his work is of infinite worth, able to pay fo the sins of all mankind, past, present, and future.  (Ps 2:7-9; Isa 7:14, 9:6; Matt 1:23; John 1:29; Phil 2:9-11; Heb 4:15, 7:25-27

 

We believe that Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and substitutionary death on the cross. Our justification was made sure by His literal and physical resurrection from the dead. (Rom 3:24-25; Rom 5:6-8; Eph 1:7; 1 Pet 1:18-19, 2:24; 1 John 2:1-2)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father, where He mediates as our Advocate and High Priest. (Acts 1:9-10; Heb 7:25, 9:24; Rom 8:34; 1 Tim 2:5; 1 John 2:1-2)

 

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is the supernatural and sovereign agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sanctifying all who believe and sealing them to the day of redemption. He is the abiding helper, teacher and guide of every believer. (John 14:26, 16:7-15; Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 3:6, 12:12-14; Eph 1:13-14, 5:28). We believe that every believer receives the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. (Rom 6:3-5, 8:9; 1 Cor 12:13)

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the sovereign giver of spiritual gifts to each believer for the purpose of edifying the church. We also believe that some gifts were given temporarily for the establishment of the early church (e.g. the gift of tongues) while other gifts were given permanently for the building up of the body of Christ. (Rom 12:6-8; 1 Cor 12:1-31, 13:8-10, 14:12; 2 Cor 12:12; Eph 4:1-7; Heb 2:3-4; 1 Pet 4:10-11) 

 

Man

We believe that man was directly and immediately created in the image of God but through Adam’s sin of disobedience fell and incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death. Sin is a transgression of God's Holy Law, whether it is an act of omission or commission, disposition, or state. (Gen 1:26-27, 2:7, 16-17, 3:1-24; Rom 3:22-23, 5:1-21) 

 

As a consequence all men are born with a sinful nature, alienated from God. We believe that unregenerate man is under the dominion of sin and incapable of remedying his lost condition apart from God’s grace through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. (John 3:36; Rom 1:18-32, 5:1-21, 6:17, 23; Eph 2:1-9; Col 1:21; Titus 3:5; 1 John 1:8) 

 

Salvation

We believe that salvation is solely the work of God provided through Christ’s death on the cross. It is through His shed blood that we have forgiveness of sins. Salvation is God’s gift to man through faith alone in Christ alone. It is of grace entirely apart from man’s works. We believe that all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  (Rom 10:9-10,13, Eph 1:7, 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:18-19) 

 

We believe that all those who are regenerated (born again) are saved and kept eternally secure in Christ by God’s power forever. (John 5:24, 6:37-40, 10:28-29; Rom 8:38-39; Eph 4:30; 1 Pet 1:3-5) 

 

The Church

We believe that the church of Jesus Christ is a spiritual body which consists of all those who have placed their faith in Him as their Savior.  All those who believe are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into the church of which Christ is the head. (Rom 12:4-5; 1 Cor 12:13; Col 1:18; Eph 1:22-23; 4:1-6)

 

We believe that the establishment of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. All believers are to associate themselves together in local churches. The purpose of these churches is to glorify God through worship, instruction of the Word, fellowship, prayer, practice of the ordinances (water baptism and the Lord’s Supper, note that marriage is not a biblical ordinance, the state administers marriage), and proclamation of the gospel to the world. (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 2:42; 1 Cor 11:23-34; Eph 4:1; Titus 1:5; Heb 10:24-25)

 

We believe that according to God’s plan the church is His primary agent for accomplishing His Great Commission. (Matt 16:18, 28:18-20)

 

We believe in the autonomy of the local church, under the leadership and guidance of Christ. It has the authority to organize and handle its own affairs. (Matt 18:15-20; Acts 6:1-6, 20:28; 1 Cor 5:4-7, 13; Titus 1:5; Heb 13:7, 17; 1 Pet 5:1-4)

 

Future Events

We believe that at the time of physical death there is a separation of soul and body. The souls of those who are saved will pass immediately into the presence of Christ in heaven and those who are not saved to conscious punishment. (Luke 16:19-26; 2 Cor 5:8; Phil 1:21-24; Rev 20:11-15)

 

We believe in the personal, bodily return of Christ to judge the quick and the dead.  Those who have not placed their trust in Jesus Christ will be condemned to an eternal conscious punishment in the lake of fire along with Satan and his demons. (Matt 25:41; John 5:22; Rev 20:11-15) The saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God. He will create a new heaven and new earth where they will enjoy fellowship with Him forever. (John 17:3; 1 Cor 15:24-28; Rev 21-22)