Friendship Baptist Church
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Drawing near to God with a heart of worship!

Our Beliefs

The Bible

    We believe the Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to man. While written by men divinely inspired, God is the Author of the Bible.  The Bible is truth without any mixture of error.  It reveals God’s principles for life and is the supreme standard upon which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be based.

 

God

    We believe there is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being.  He is the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe.  God is infinitely holy and perfect.  He manifests Himself to us as Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

 

Mankind

     We believe that mankind was created in the image of God and is the crowning work of God’s creation.  In the beginning, mankind was innocent of sin but was given by the Creator freedom of choice.  Unfortunately, by the free choice of the first two people ever created, mankind sinned against God and brought sin into the human race.  Because of that transgression, every member of the human race has inherited a nature inclined toward sin, and as soon as they are capable of moral action become transgressors and are separated from God.  Only the grace of God can bring a person back into a right relationship with God.  Because God created mankind in His image, and because Christ died for mankind, every human being possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

 

Salvation

    We believe that salvation from sin and eternal life in heaven is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, Who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.  Salvation is a work of God’s grace, whereby believers become new creatures in Jesus Christ.  We believe that repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of God’s grace.  Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God.  Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment to Him as Lord and Savior.  Therefore, we believe that salvation comes when a person genuinely repents of his sin and places his complete faith in Jesus Christ alone.

 

The Church

    We believe that the New Testament refers to the Church as the body of Christ and speaks of the church in two ways. First, it speaks of the church as a local body of Christ in which believers are associated by faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, committed to His teachings, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.  Second, the New Testament speaks of the church universally as the body of Christ in all times and places.

 

Church Ordinances

    We believe and practice two church ordinances: Christian baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Christian baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, Jesus Christ.  It also symbolizes the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ.  The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience, whereby believers, through partaking of bread and fruit juice, remember and memorialize the death of Christ and anticipate His second coming.

 

Evangelism and Missions

    We believe it is the privilege and duty of every believer and every church to strive to take the gospel to all people and to all nations.  Because it is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ, it is the duty of every believer to seek constantly to personally, and by all other means and methods, to share the gospel with all people.

 

Stewardship

    We believe that God is the source of all blessings and that all we have and are we owe to Him.  As a result believers are spiritual debtors and have a binding responsibility and stewardship in their time, talents, and material possessions to use them for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Bible, believers should give of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the cause of Christ on earth.

 

Family

    We believe that the family is God’s foundational institution for human society (Matthew 19:5-6; Ephesians 5:22-6:4). Therefore, we encourage lifelong commitments to marriage between one man and one woman; we support the ongoing spiritual nurture of the family; and, we are committed to honoring the priority of family time through our ministries and activities.