STATEMENT OF FAITH
Faith Bible Church
Warren, Pennsylvania 16365
1. THE HOLY SCRIPTURE
We believe in the verbal-plenary inspiration, authority, infallibility, and accuracy of the Holy Scripture as set forth in the original writing of the old and new testaments.
(2Tim 3:16-17, 2Pet 1:20-21, Matt 5:18, Luke 24:44-45)
2. THE TRINITY
We believe that there is one God, who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all things; we further believe that the God-head eternally exists in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit and these three are one God.
(Deut 6:4, 2Cor 13:14, Matt 28:19, John 10:30, Gen 1:26)
We reject, however the teaching that God is the Father of all, and that all are brothers; we believe that He is the Spiritual Father of only those who are born again and brought into His household. Only those who have been redeemed through His blood, having forgiveness of sin are brothers.
(John 3:3, John 1:12-13, John 8:41-44)
3. THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became Man without ceasing to be God; was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.
(John 1:1-2; 14, Luke 1:35, John 1:18, Eph 1:7)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that the sufficiency of this atoning sacrifice to accomplish the redemption and justification of all who trust in Him is assured by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
(Rom 3:24-25; 4:25, Eph 1:7, 1Tim 4:10, Heb 2:9, 1Pet 1:3-5; 2:24, 2Pet 2:1)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended bodily into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.
(Acts 1:9, Heb 9:24; 7:25, 1John 2:1-2)
4. THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ, indwelling, and sealing them unto the day of redemption.
(John 16:8, 1Cor 12:13, Eph 1:13-14)
We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth and that all saved are exhorted to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
(John 16:13, John 14:26, 1John 2:20, Eph 5:18)
5. THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and after the likeness of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature which is enmity against God.
(Gen 1:26-27, Rom 3:23; 5:12; 6:23, Eph 2:1-3, James 4:4)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.
(Eph 2:8-10, John 1:12, Eph 1:7, 1Pet 1:18-19, John 14:6, Acts 4:12)
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ.
(1Pet 1:3-5, John 6:37-40; 10:27-30, Rom 8:1; 38-39, 1Cor 1:4-8)
We believe that is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.
(Rom 13:13-14, Gal 5:13, Titus 2:11-15)
7. THE CURRENT STATE OF THE BELIEVER
We believe that every saved person is a new creature in Christ (2Cor 5:17). At salvation our old self was crucified with Him (Rom 6:6) and the new spiritual man was, in the likeness of God, created in righteousness and holiness of the truth (Eph 4:24).
We further believe that every saved person will continue to struggle with sin throughout the course of this life because, during this life, the new spiritual man is still living in an old unredeemed human body of flesh; a body that is still waiting for redemption (Rom 8:23). Romans chapter 7 reveals this struggle with sin in a most vivid way in the life of the apostle Paul and also clearly identifies the problem as the sin which dwells in his flesh (Rom 7:17-18) and the members of his body (Rom 7:22-25). In spite of the inevitable struggle with the flesh during this life, it is possible for the Christian to live in victory over the flesh through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Gal 5:16).
We believe that all saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord Jesus Christ; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God.
(2Tim 3:1-5, Rom 12:1-2; 14:13-16, 1John 2:15-17, 2John 9-11, 3John 9-11, 2Cor 6:14-7:1)
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Scripture and seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind.
(Matt 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8, 2Cor 5:18-20)
10. THE MINISTRY OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of spiritual gifts, which are divine enablements for the edification of believers and God’s glory.
We further believe that God has given gifted men to the church (Eph 4:11-12) for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of ministry. Two of these official offices were foundational (apostles and prophets – Eph 2:19-20) and the others are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today (evangelists and pastor-teachers).
We do recognize the gift of prophecy today as an enabling spiritual gift, but not as an official office such as is referred to in Eph 4:11-12.
(1Cor 12:4-11, Rom 12:6-8, 1Pet 4:10-11, Eph 4:11-12)
We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted.
(John 15:7, 1John 5:14-15, James 5:14-16)
11. THE CHURCH
We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born again persons of this present age.
(Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-27, 1Cor 12:12-14, 2Cor 11:2)
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.
(Acts 14:27; 20:17; 20:28-32, 1Tim 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-11)
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life, which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these – the age of law, the age of the Church, and the age of the millennial kingdom – are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture.
(John 1:17, 1Cor 9:17, 2Cor 3:9-18, Gal 3:13-25, Eph 1:10; 3:2-10, Col 1:24-25, Heb 7:19, Rev 20:2-6)
13. THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.(Job 1:6-7, Isa 14:12-17, Matt 4:2-11; 25:41, Rev 20:10)
14. THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST
We believe in that “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation, and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His millennial Kingdom.
(1Thes 1:10; 5:9; 4:13-18, Rev 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)
15. THE ETERNAL STATE
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life with God, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment, and separation from God.
(Matt 25:46, John 5:28-29; 11:25-26, Rev 20:5-6; 20:12-13)
We believe the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord and our life’s works are rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
(Luke 23:43, 2Cor 5:8, Phil 1:23; 3:21, 1Thes 4:16-17, Rev 20:4-6, Rom 14:10-12, 2Cor 5:10, 1Cor 3:9-15)
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment.
(Luke 16:19-26, Matt 25:41-46, 2Thes 1:7-9, Rev 20:11-15, Jude 6-7, Mark 9:43-48
16. MARRIAGE AND HUMAN SEXUALITY
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning and it’s the one that is found in Holy Scripture, given by the very One who established it. Marriage sanctioned by God is that which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, for the purpose of procreation and the establishment of a family. (Genesis 2:22-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:22-33)
We further believe that declaring God’s word and warning people of the temporal and eternal consequences of their sins, including sexual perversions, is an act of loving concern. God’s word remains true and His prohibitions, including those on sexual perversions and immoralities, cannot be satisfied or amended by any human government authority.
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity of any kind be engaged in outside of the marriage relationship between a man and a woman. (1 Corinthians 7:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6; Hebrews 13:4)
We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagree with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God. (Genesis 1:27; Leviticus 18:23; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model and testimony to the community, it is imperative that all members of the church, and all persons employed by the church in any capacity or who serve as volunteers, would abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly. (Ephesians 5:27; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 1:14-16)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who repent, confess, and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 55:7; Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 10:13; Ephesians 1:7)
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual, for any reason, are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church. (1Corinthians 13; 1 John 4:7-8)