What we believe
Statement of Faith
THE HOLY BIBLE
We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Holy Bible, both the Old and New Testaments. (II Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:19-21 and Rev. 22:18-19).
We believe in one God revealed in three Persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16,17; John 17)
We believe that man, in his natural state, is a sinner, lost, undone, without hope, and without God. (Romans 3:19-23; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1,2,12)
DIVINITY AND HUMANITY OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is God in the flesh and that He is both divine and human. (Luke 1:26-38; John 14:1-3; Acts 2:36; Acts 3:14,15; Philippians 2:5-12; Ephesians 1:3-15)
We believe in the saving power of the Blood of Jesus Christ and His imputed righteousness to all who believe on Him with faith. (Acts 4:12; Romans 4:1-9; 5:1-11; Ephesians 1:3-15)
We believe that Jesus Christ ascended to the Father and is presently seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. (John 14: 1-6; Romans 8:34)
We believe in the visible, bodily return of Jesus Christ to this earth to gather His Church (Bride) and judge the world. (Acts 1:10-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thess. 1:7-10; James 5:8; Rev. 1:7) Note: It is not necessary that we all believe alike concerning whether He is coming before, during or after the great tribulation.
We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance toward God for sin, and a personal, heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in regeneration of the person. This salvation is entirely by grace of our Lord and not of works. Works are excluded except as fruit of salvation. (Acts 3:19-20; Romans 4:1-5; 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-10).
We believe that the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local expression of the Body of Believers who have been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; who are under recognized, local, delegated authorities; and who assemble to worship, carry forth the great commission and minister as the Holy Spirit leads. (Matthew 16:18; 28:19-20; Acts 2:40-47; 20: 28; Ephesians 5:22-32; I Timothy 3:15).
We believe that the two ordinances of the church are water baptism and communion (The Lord's Supper). (Matthew 3:15, 16; 28: 19- 20; Acts 8:30; Romans 6:1-4; Luke 22:13-20).
We believe that believers should seek, as the early disciples did, to practice the separated life from the world unto Jesus Christ and to set standards of conduct which shall exalt our Lord and His church. (Romans 12:1-3; II Cor. 6:17; Gal 6:14; Eph. 5:11; Col. 3:17)
HEAVEN AND HELL
We believe the Holy Scriptures clearly set forth the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal bliss and salvation for the saved. Hell for the unsaved and heaven for the saved. (Matt. 25:34, 41, 46; Luke 16: 19-31; John 14: 1-3; Rev. 20: 11-15).
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity whose purpose in the redemption of man is to convict him of sin, regenerate the repentant believer, guide the believer into understanding the Holy Scripture, indwell and give gifts to believers as He wills, that they may minister as Christ would to men. We believe that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit recorded in I Cor 12:8-11 shall operate in the churches today which yield to the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe a believer can be baptized in the Holy Spirit during the time Jesus is regenerating him, or any time subsequent to his regeneration (new birth) experience. We believe the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a separate and distinct experience from regeneration.
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, is for all believers as promised by John the Baptist, was witnessed by the early disciples of Christ, and is evidenced in the lives of many present-day believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Luke 11:13; John 7: 37-39; 14:16, 17; Acts 2:39-47; Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:4,5,8; Acts 10: 44-47; 19:1-6).
We believe that God does use doctors, medicines and other material means for healing. However, we believe that divine healing has been provided for us in the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ. Divine healing may be received through the laying on of hands by elders, laying on of hands by believers, by the prayer of an anointed person gifted for healing the sick, by the anointing with oil and the prayer of faith, or by a direct act of faith where the believer receives healing from the Lord Jesus Christ without ministry from anyone else. (Isaiah 5: 14-16; Mark 16:18; I Cor. 12:9; Mark 11:23).
PRIESTHOOD OF BELIEVERS
We believe that each believer is a priest of the Lord Jesus Christ and has direct access to the Father through the Lord Jesus. Each person must believe for himself, be baptized for himself, obey for himself and answer to his Creator for himself. (Rev. 1:6; I Peter 2:9).
GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH
We believe in the local expression of the Body of Christ as the Church and that it is administrated under the oversight of Pastors and other leaders name to oversee the Church. No individual local church holds jurisdiction over the FELLOWSHIP OF CHURCHES AND MINISTERS INTERNATIONAL, INC. nor does the FCMI hold jurisdiction over the affairs of the local church.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
We believe that God's plan of finance for His work is by tithes and offerings and that it is a joy for His children to acknowledge His lordship in this manner. (Malachi 3:6-12; Genesis 14: 17-20; Heb. 7:1-10; Matthew 23:23; II Cor. 8 and 9; Acts 20:35)