As a church, we strive to base our faith, conduct and ministry values on the Bible which is God’s revelation to mankind.
We desire to have a church that is not trendy, but timeless. We want to be a church that is a warm, friendly, soul-saving station. As a hospital is a place for sick people to find healing and recuperation, a church should be a place where sinners find forgiveness, restoration, and the joyful Christ-centered life that brings meaning and lasting satisfaction. In the New Testament, the local church became the hub of a believer’s life. It was a place for prayer, instruction, inspiration and fellowship. Know that at FBT, you are more than welcome, you are wanted!
Verbal Inspiration of the Bible
We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God, and inerrant in the original writing, and that because of their origin and purpose they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life and all areas to which they speak.
(2 Peter 1:21, 2 Timothy 3:16, James 1:22-25, 2 Peter 1:3-8).
Trinity of the Godhead: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit
In one living and true God, who is an infinite and omniscient Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth (Exodus 20:2,3, Psalm 147:5) and is worthy of all possible honor, trust and love. God eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father is God (Romans 1:7), the Son is God (Hebrews 1:8) and the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3).
Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels. He is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy, the lord of the anti-Christ, and the author of all the powers of darkness; destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God’s Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17; Rev. 12:9; Jude 6; II Pet. 2:4; Eph. 2:2; John 14:30; I Thes. 3:5; Matt. 4:1-3; I Pet. 5:8; Zech. 1:3; I John 3:8; Matt. 13:25, 37-39; Luke 22:3-4; Rev. 12:10; II Cor. 11:13-15; Mark 13:21-22; I John 4:3; II John 7; I John 2:22; Rev. 13:13-14; II Thes. 2:8-11; Rev. 19:11, 16-20; Rev. 12:7-9; Rev. 20:1-3; Rev. 20:10; Matt. 25:41
Genesis Account of Creation
That the Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally, not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God’s own image and was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species; that all animal and vegetable life was an intentional and voluntary act on the part of God (Genesis 1-2).
That man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God: and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and, in the case of those who reach the age of moral responsibility, are sinners in thought, word and deed (Genesis 3, Romans 3:10, 23, 5:12-17).
The Virgin Birth
That Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of Mary, a virgin, and is true God and true man. Jesus Christ is not a created being but has existed from eternity and was active in the Creation of the world (John 1:1, 8:56-58). Jesus Christ was supernaturally born into this world by a virgin (Matthew 1:23), became flesh and dwelt among men (John 1:14)was tempted yet remained without sin and is completely deity yet also fully human (John 12:45, Philippians 2:5-8) and is the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world
The Blood Atonement
That the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood (Isaiah 53, Ephesians 2:8,9, Hebrews 2:14-18). His death on the cross satisfies the righteousness and justice of God, making it possible for man and God to be reconciled and man’s sins to be forgiven him (Romans 3:22-26, 2 Corinthians 5:17-19).
The New Birth
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the dead in trespasses and in sins are made partakers of the divine nature, and receive eternal life, the free gift of God. This new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel. Evidence of regeneration appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; II Cor. 5:17; Luke 5:27; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 2:41; Acts 16:30-33; II Pet. 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; II Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13; John 3:8; John 1:12-13; Gal. 5:22; Eph. 5:9.
Justification by Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger, helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ, and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.
Acts 20:21; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:37-38; Luke 18:13; Rom. 10:13; Psa. 51:1-4; Psa. 51:7; Isa. 55:6-7; Luke 12:8; Rom.11 10:9-.
Local Church Government
That the Church of our Lord is a visible, local, self-governing body of believers who have been baptized (Acts 2:41-47) of whom Jesus Christ is the head (Ephesians 5:23) and that there are only two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper, both of which are administered only to believers. The true mission of the church is to preach the Gospel, baptize believers and assist them in spiritual growth that results in a life of Christian maturity (Matthew 28:19-20).
Baptism by Immersion
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with the authority of the local church to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. Baptism by immersion is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.
Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:6; John 3:23; Rom. 6:4-5; Matt. 3:16; Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12; Acts 2:41-42; Matt. 28:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-28.
Memorial Lord's Supper
The members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and the cup, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination. There is no grace extended to the believer upon this act. Taking the Lord’s Supper is a matter of obedience and is a time of reflection upon the shed blood and bruised body of Christ.
Acts 2:41-42; Matt. 28:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-28.
Security of the Believer
In the ‘Eternal Security’ of the believer: that it is impossible for one born into the family of God ever to be lost (John 1:12). Believers are kept by the power of God (John 6:39-40, 10:28-29) and the sufficiency of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and therefore can have assurance of their salvation and future home in heaven (1 John 5:13, John 6:37, Romans 8:31-39).
Resurrection of the Body
In the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there as High Priest and Advocate (Matthew 28:6, 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).
Pre-Millenial Return of Christ
We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the Resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily “the third day according to the Scriptures.” that He ascended “to the right hand of the throne of God;” that He alone is our “merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God;” “that this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven” – bodily, personally and visibly; that the “dead in Christ shall rise first;” that the living saints “shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump,” “That the Lord shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David;” and that “Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet.”
Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27, 1 Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2, 4-6; Acts 1:9; Acts 1:11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:1; Heb. 12:2; Heb. 8:6; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; Heb. 5:9-10; John 14:3; 1 Thes. 4:16; Matt. 24:27; Matt. 25:13; Jas. 5:8; Matt. 24:42; Heb. 9:28; 1 Cor. 15: 42-44; 1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thes. 4:17; Phil. 3:20-21; Luke 1:32; Isa. 9:6-7; 1 Cor. 15:25; Isa. 32:1; Isa. 11:4-5; Psa. 72:8; Rev. 20:1-4; Rev. 20:6.
Heaven – Eternal Glory / Hell – Eternal Torment
We believe there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked, that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity (bliss, happiness) of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6:17-18; Prov. 11:31; I Pet. 4:18; Rom. 1:17; I Cor. 15:22; Acts 10:34-35; I John 2:29; I John 3:7; Rom. 6:16; I John 5:19; Gal. 3: 10; Rom. 7:6; Rom. 6:23; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matt. 25:34-41; John 8:21; Luke 9:26; John 12:25; Matt. 7:13-14.