Faith, Hope, & Love Fellowship Church Whereas we, being an incorporate body of people of like precious faith:
Therefore, we have accepted and adopted the following Statement of Fundamental Truths and Constitution. We shall seek, by the grace of God, to be governed by the Constitution as set forth, and will also seek to teach and propagate the doctrines contained in the Statement of Fundamental Truths.
Statement of Beliefs
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three manifestations: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; Peter 1:2; Corinthians 13:14
Mankind is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme objects of God's creation. Although mankind has tremendous potential for good, people are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God, called sin; this attitude separates mankind from God. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
Mankind was created to exist forever. They will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. John 3:16; I John 2:25; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15
Jesus Christ is God, manifested in the flesh. In Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
Salvation is a gift from God to all people. Mankind can never make up for sin by self-improvement or by good works. Only by accepting Jesus Christ, as the perfect and ultimate sacrifice for our forgiveness, can a person be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1:12 Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
Water Baptism is an act of obedience for the believer. It should be preceded by repentance, which simply means "change." It is turning from our sin and selfishness to serve the Lord. Water Baptism identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. As such, we believe in baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. It is a public testimony - the outward confession of an inward experience. In baptism, we stand before witnesses confessing our identification with the Lord. Acts 2:38, 41, Romans 6:4-5, Romans 6:10-13, I Peter 3:21, I Corinthians 6:11
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God, manifested as the Spirit of Christ. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian should seek to live under His authority daily. II Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16-17 & 26; John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13 Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a part of the conversion experience, which was promised by Jesus to His disciples. It is sometimes referred to as a baptism of fire, because on the day of Pentecost, when the first believers received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, they saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. With each biblical account of Christian believers receiving the Holy Spirit, they began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Therefore, baptism of the Holy Spirit, as evidenced by speaking in tongues, is an experience that all believers should desire and seek. Mark 16:17; John 14:16-17; Acts 2:4; Acts 10:46; Acts 19:6; Corinthians 14:5 &18; Romans 8:9,11,15-16; Joel 2:28-29
The Bible is God's Word to all people, written by the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and for Christian living. All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. It is the infallible word of truth. II Timothy 3:16-17; II Samuel 22:31; Hebrews 4:12; II Peter 1:21
"To give hope to the hopeless, to be friend to the friendless, to be Christ-like in word and deed, and to be a family to all."
Matthew 25:34-46 ESV Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger and welcome You, or naked and clothe You? And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me.’