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We Believe…

The Scriptures:
We believe the Bible consists of the 39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament books; that every word has been inspired by God and thus, in the original manuscripts, the Bible is without error.  Because the Bible is inspired by God it is the supreme and final authority for our faith and conduct.  There are no other writings similarly inspired by God.  (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)


The Trinity:
We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—who have the same nature and attributes but who are distinct in office and activity, and who are worthy of the same homage, confidence and obedience.  (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14)

 

The Person and Work of God:
We believe that in the beginning God created out of nothing the universe and all that is in it, thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom and goodness.  By this sovereign power He continues to sustain His creation and by His providence He orders the affairs of men and nations according to His own wise, eternal plan.  (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:15-17)

 

The Person and the Work of Christ:
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God.  He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order to reveal God to man 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 and salvation is guaranteed by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.  (John.1:1; Romans 3:24-26; 4:25)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God, where as High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy for His people.  (Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; I John 2:12)

 

The Person and the Work of the Holy Spirit:
We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is that person of the Trinity who restrains evil in the world and convicts men of sin.  He also regenerates, baptizes believers into the church  (the Body of Christ), indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows one or more spiritual gifts on each believer, and empowers those yielded to Him. (John. 16:8; 14:1617; I Corinthians 12:7,13; Ephesians.1:13)

We believe some gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and prophecy, were temporary and foundational in nature.  Though we deny that the gift of healing exists today as it did in the early church, we nonetheless believe God still works in miraculous ways, including sovereignly healing the sick through our prayers.

 

The Nature of Man:
We believe that man was created innocent and in the image of God, but that he sinned, bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and his posterity.  We believe that man has inherited a sinful nature, is alienated from God, and thus unable by his own efforts to please God and is in need of salvation. (Genesis 1:27, Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3)

 

Salvation:
We believe that salvation is a gift of God and is received by man by personally trusting in the death of Jesus Christ as an adequate substitute for the penalty of sin.  We believe that man is justified by grace through faith apart from works.  We believe that to accomplish salvation God elected some prior to creation, sent Jesus Christ to purchase their redemption through a substitutionary death, and draws the elect unto belief through the working of the Holy Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:89; John. 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 5:8; John 3:16).  Those who have been justified will spend eternity in heaven, while the unregenerate will suffer doom in the lake of fire.

 

Eternal Security:
We believe that all who have received Christ as Savior are kept secure forever.  (Romans 8:3839; John 10:27-30)

 

Sanctification:
We believe that sanctification is progressive which is a setting apart unto God’s glorification.

Since the believer retains his sinful nature, however, there is need for progressive sanctification whereby the Christian grows in grace by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 12:1, 2; Philippians  2:2)

 

The Church:
We believe that the universal church, the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism, made up of all born-again persons of this present age.  We believe the church began at Pentecost and that a believer is placed into the church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit.  (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:13)

We believe that the local church is an assembly of professed believers in Jesus Christ who are voluntarily joined together in one locality for the purpose of worship, study of the Word of God, observance of the ordinances, Christian fellowship, and to be equipped for Christian service. (Acts 2:42; Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe there are two offices within the church—elders and deacons.  Elders are charged to attend to the spiritual needs of the body, while the deacons are charged to attend to the physical needs of the body.  The church is not congregationally ruled but is led by the elder body. (I Tim. 3, Acts 6:1-4)

 

The Ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper:
We believe that Christ instituted the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper which are to be observed by believers until He returns. (Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26)

We believe that water baptism publicly identifies a believer with his Savior.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ’s death, the elements being symbols of His body and blood.  We feel every Christian has a right to partake of the elements of the Lord’s Supper but that participation should always be preceded by solemn self-examination. Each parent has the responsibility to determine the qualifications of his own children to participate. (I Corinthians 11:23 24)

 

Last Things:
We believe in Jesus’ personal return prior to a literal 1,000 year kingdom on earth and in the resurrection of the dead—some to eternal life and others to eternal punishment.  We believe that those who are redeemed are completely forgiven of all sin, past, present and future, and that they shall never be held accountable for it.  Yet we believe that God shall some day call believers to account for the way that they have lived their lives and invested their talents, and that He shall reward them for their faithful service.  (II Corinthians 3:11-15; II Corinthians 5:910; II Timothy. 4:78)

Marriage:
We, as Fellowship of Huntsville Church, believe that marriages are what is defined as a biblical and Christian marriage which is a union between one man and one woman.