BELIEFS

picAt First Free Will Baptist Church, we believe that the Bible is the only infallible, authoritative, and God-inspired basis for belief and practice in His Church, so you will find verses from the Word of God to support all of the beliefs below!
 

OUR BELIEFS:

Summary:

The Bible is what God tells us is right, so we obey it with His help. He is with us, and He will save us through the blood of Jesus, guide us with the sword of the Holy Spirit, and take care of us as our Heavenly Father, so we trust, love and obey Him, as we wait to be with Him forever and ever!

Details:

Regarding God:

We believe there is one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that all three possess the same divine nature; that God knows all things, can do all things, does all that He pleases, own all things, sustains all life, answers to no one, is perfectly pure, works all things for the good of those that love Him, and is working all things after the council of His will. (and much More!) (Matthew 28:19-202 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Timothy 3:16, John 1:18, John 15:26, Genesis 1:26, Job 37:16, Psalm 147:5, 1 John 3:19-20, Isaiah 46:9, Psalm 139:4, Proverbs 3:19 Matthew 19:26, Psalm 115:3, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Job 12:10, Daniel 4:35, 1 John 1:5, Romans 8:28, Ephesians 1:11)

We believe in the complete deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who always was, and always will be God; that He did not cease to be God during His time on Earth. (John 1:1-3John 1:14Colossians 2:9Colossians 1:15-17John 14:9-10)

We believe in the personhood and deity of the Holy Spirit; that He is the infallible Inspirer and Interpreter of the Bible; that He convicts, regenerates, indwells, empowers, instructs, prepares, and guides the believer in living, service, and worship through His gifts; that in this age He baptizes all believers into one body; that His fullness and power are appropriated in the believer's life by faith, hope and love in obedience to God. (Isaiah 63:10-11Matthew 12:32Mark 3:29Mark 13:11Luke 12:10John 14:26Matthew 4:1John 16:7-11Acts 2:4Acts 2:38,  Acts 4:25Acts 4:31Acts 5:32Acts 15:28Acts 16:6Acts 20:28Acts 21:11Romans 15:13-16Ephesians 1:13Ephesians 4:302 Timothy 1:14Titus 3:5Hebrews 2:4Hebrews 3:7-112 Peter 1:21Romans 8:141 Corinthians 13:12-13)

We believe that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, now sits at the right hand of God the Father; functioning as the High Priest for all believers, making intercession for them; and that Jesus is the only name by which anyone can be saved from the wrath of God that each of us deserves due to our own sin and rebellion against Him. (Acts 2:33Hebrews 12:2Hebrews 3:1Hebrews 4:14-15Hebrews 5:5-10Hebrews 6:20Hebrews 7:26Hebrews 8:1Romans 8:34Hebrews 9:24John 14:6Acts 4:12John 3:181 John 5:12Romans 5:9John 3:361 Thessalonians 1:10)  

Regarding the Bible:

We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God; the sixty-six books of the Bible are inerrant and infallible in the original texts; that those texts have been remarkably preserved through the ages; that the Bible is the foundational authority for the believer in all thinking and belief; that all extra biblical sources of information are subject to the Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:211 Peter 1:25Matthew 24:35Luke 21:33Mark 13:311 Corinthians 4:6)

We believe that true historical sciences confirm the Bible as the most remarkable and accurate Historical record of the earth and man ever to exist. For example, Archeology has confirmed: Ur, Haran (Genesis 11:31-32), Mt. Ebal Altar (Deuteronomy 27:1-8Joshua 8:30-32), City of David (1 Kings 2:10), Hezekiah's Tunnel, Pool of Siloam (2 Kings 20:202 Chronicles 32:30), Jeroboam's Temple in Dan (1 Kings 12:26-30),Hittites (Joshua 1:4), Jericho (Joshua 6:2-20), Gibeah (1 Samuel 10:26), Pool of Bethesda (John 5:2), the 4 Roman Anchors (Acts 27:29) and many more historical accounts in the Bible)

Regarding the Incarnation of Jesus:

We believe that the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit; that He was born of the virgin Mary; that He was without sin, never breaking one of God's commands; that He died as a perfect redemptive sacrifice for the sin of all men; that He was buried; that He arose from the dead on the third day, in the same, but glorified, body in which He lived and died; that He ascended to the right hand of God the Father, and by His death He provided atonement for all men, but it is conditionally applied only to those who repent and believe in Him. (Luke 1:30-35Matthew 1:20-25Luke 2:8-40Hebrews 4:151 Peter 2:221 Peter 2:242 Corinthians 5:211 Corinthians 15:3,  1 John 4:10Romans 3:25Ephesians 1:71 Corinthians 15:4Mark 15:46Luke 23:53Luke 24:12John 20:15-28Luke 24:36-53Mark 16:19-20Acts 1:6-121 Timothy 3:16Acts 7:55-561 John 2:2John 4:421 John 4:14John 12:32Romans 5:181 Timothy 2:3-41 Timothy 4:10Titus 2:11John 3:15-18John 3:36Romans 10:111 Peter 2:6Mark 1:15Luke 15:10Luke 24:46-47Acts 2:38Acts 3:19Acts 11:18Acts 17:30Acts 20:21,Acts 26:19-202 Corinthians 7:102 Peter 3:9)  

Regarding Creation:

We believe God created the Universe in six literal consecutive Days, around 6000 years ago, and later, due to Sin and corruption, wiped all air breathing life off of the earth, except for Noah's Family and the occupants of the Ark, by a literal, global, worldwide flood.  (Exodus 20:11Genesis 1:5813192331Genesis 2:3Genesis 6:17Genesis 7:19-231 Peter 3:202 Peter 2:53:6-7Matthew 24:38Luke 17:27Hebrews 11:7)  

Regarding Satan:

We  believe that Satan was created by God, as one of many sinless and perfect angels, but sin was found in him - revealed through pride, and he became Satan the adversary; that he is an actual being; that he is the originator of sin; that he operates today as the prince and "god" of this worldly system; that he is the enemy of God and the people of God and deceiver of humanity; that he led Adam and Eve into transgression that resulted in humanity's fall; that he was “triumphed over” at the cross, and he, along with death and hades, will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity at the end of the millennial (1000 yr.) reign of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 14:12-15Ezekiel 28:13-151 Chronicles 21:1Job 1:7-12Job 2:1-7Matthew 4:8-10,Luke 22:31Acts 26:181 Peter 5:8-92 Corinthians 2:10-112 Corinthians 11:141 Thessalonians 2:181 Timothy 5:15Revelation 2:13Matthew 13:19,Matthew 13:38John 17:15Ephesians 6:162 Thessalonians 3:2-41 John 3:121 John 5:19John 8:442 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Timothy 2:14Colossians 2:15Revelation 20:710 & 14)  

Regarding Angels:

We believe that a one third of the angels followed Satan in his fall. (Revelation 12:4Matthew 25:412 Peter 2:4James 2:19Jude 1:6, Revelation 12:9) We believe that two thirds of the angels stayed in their holy positions and serve as ministering spirits of God for the carrying out of His purpose, especially to those who will be saved. (Matthew 4:11Luke 2:13-14Daniel 6:22Hebrews 1:14Psalms 91:11, Matthew 13:41Matthew 24:31Revelation 22:8-9) We believe that the "Sons of God" in Genesis 6:2-4 (see also  Job 1:6, 2:1, and 37:8) are fallen Angels who sinned, and 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6 describes their punishment for this particular sin.

Regarding the Fall:

We  believe that man was created in the image of God, and that Adam and Eve originally enjoyed unfettered communion with God, but humankind fell through Adam's sin when he lost his spiritual life (which is communion with God); that because of the fall, spiritual death spread to all men (which is separation from God); at some point, early in each of our lives, we all Sin and break God’s law, doing the things that God has commanded us not to do, and IF we continue in that Sin, without turning from it and trusting Jesus obediently for the forgiveness of sins, we will spend eternity in the second death of Hell, which is permanent, hopeless separation from God; that in spite of our fallen condition and propensity to sin caused by separation from God, we are not condemned because of Adam's sin, but our own. (Genesis 1:27Romans 5:12-19Romans 8:221 Corinthians 15:21-22, Genesis 1:29-30Genesis 3:16-19Genesis 9:3-4Ephesians 2:1-3Romans 3:23Romans 3:10-182 Corinthians 5:21Ezekiel 18:20, 1-32)  

Regarding the Future:

We believe in the physical, bodily, post-tribulational return of Jesus Christ for the Church, when we believers who are alive and remain will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air; that He will return after the Tribulation to establish His kingdom; that the last seven years of human History, before the Return of King Jesus, will be interrupted by the Antichrist setting up the “abomination of desolation” that triggers a 3.5 year period known as the Great Tribulation; that this time is a terrible period of lawlessness by men and wrath allowed by, and sent by, God; that during the time of the Tribulation, God allows evil to take power, and part of the distress of that time is Satan persecuting the people of God, and the other is God releasing a portion of His wrath upon the unbelieving population of earth for the purpose of calling all humanity to repentance, by revealing to the world, the indignation of God toward sin; that the 3.5 year time of the Great Tribulation will begin with the Abomination of Desolation and end when Jesus returns to defeat the anti-Christ, imprison Satan, gather His church, resurrect the righteous, begin His eternal kingdom, and gather Israel to Himself; that when He returns, the remnant of the nation of Israel will be at the heart of His kingdom as the first among all nations; that His return is pre-millennial and post-tribulational; at His return the dead in Christ will rise, followed by the remaining Saints, to the first resurrection, which is the sanctifying hope of the Church. We believe the personal, visible, literal, Millennium reign of Jesus Christ as King on earth is coming soon; He will reign from the Temple described in Ezekiel, over the nations, during which time the resurrected believers will co-reign with Christ and the unconditional covenants with the nation of Israel will be fulfilled; We believe that the nation of Israel will be the firstborn among all the nations, from the millennial reign forward, as the fulfillment of the unconditional covenants God made with them as a nation. At the end of the Millennial reign, after one last release of Satan and revolt of man, Jesus will have Judged every individual and put all things in subjection to himself, and then the Father will descend, in the New Jerusalem, with all things being subjected to Him; That believers will spend eternity with God on a New Earth with no curse or sin; and that all unbelievers will remain, for eternity, in the Lake of Fire, separated from all the graces of God.  (Matthew 24:29-31Mark 13:26-27Luke 21:27-28Mark 14:61-621 Thessalonians 4:15-17Revelation 1:71 Corinthians 15:51-52Matthew 24:29-31Mark 13:24-27Luke 21:24-25Acts 2:19-202 Thessalonians 2:2-5Malachi 4:1-3Joel 2:10-11Revelation 20:2-6,Matthew 19:28Luke 22:301 Corinthians 6:2Isaiah 61:5-9Zechariah 8:23Obadiah 1:17Amos 9:13-15Malachi 3:1-4Zechariah 2:10-12Ezekiel 43:7Matthew 25:31-46Matthew 7:22-23John 5:28-29Acts 10:42-43Romans 2:16Romans 2:5-11Romans 14:10-122 Corinthians 5:102 Thessalonians 1:7-10Hebrews 9:27James 2:12-131 Peter 1:172 Peter 2:92 Peter 3:71 John 4:17Jude 1:5-6Revelation 20:11-151 Corinthians 15:24-28Hebrews 2:8-9,Jeremiah 3:17-18Revelation 21:2-4, & 22-23Revelation 22:1-3Revelation 20:15Luke 12:5Matthew 24:51Matthew 25:30Matthew 13:49-50Matthew 22:13-14)  

Regarding Israel:

We believe that God intends to fulfill all His promises to the nation of Israel, descended from the literal 12 tribes, in a literal way, just as His warnings and judgments were fulfilled in a literal way; that within the nation of Israel's history of unbelief there has always been a believing remnant who will inherit those promises, while the unbelieving portion will receive Hell along with unbelieving gentiles. (Ezekiel 47:13-15Isaiah 60:18-21Romans 11:5-15Romans 11:25-26)  

Regarding the Body of Christ:

We believe that the Church is the body of Christ; that it is composed of Jewish and Gentile believers in Christ, and built on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets; that by being grafted into the Messiah, Gentiles, as a wild olive branch, can share in the adoption, covenants and promises given to Israel, but they do not take possession of them from the nation of Israel or replace national Israel in any way; that believing Jew and believing Gentiles are one in Christ and together they make up the Body of Christ. (Romans 12:4-61 Corinthians 12:121 Corinthians 12:28Ephesians 5:271 Timothy 3:15Ephesians 2:111213-1416, &19, Romans 11:2, 5,11-12, 17-18, 19-24Romans 4:11-12, Romans 11:25-27) We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are limited to believers only, and we must examine ourselves for sin before we partake in the Lord's Supper. (Matthew 28:19-20Acts 2:38Acts 2:41Acts 8:12,Acts 8:16Acts 8:38Acts 9:18Acts 10:47Acts 10:48Acts 16:33Acts 18:8Acts 19:5Acts 22:16Romans 6:3Galatians 3:27Matthew 26:26-28Mark 14:22-24Luke 22:19-201 Corinthians 10:16-17,  1 Corinthians 11:23-32) We  believe that all believers are called to assemble together, to be taught the Scriptures by men gifted through the Holy Spirit, who meet the requirements taught in the New Testament; that the Church assembles to love, edify, support, and serve one another, in order to ultimately obey, serve, please and worship God; that this assembling is to be organized as a local church under God's triune leadership, shepherded by godly men who teach the whole council of God; that the believer is called to holy living, following the commandments of God in Love, by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; that we are to fight in spiritual warfare against the world, the flesh, and the devil; that each believer is to use his or her unique spiritual gifts for the purpose of building up the local body of Christ, and bear fruit to God's glory, in obedience to the Scriptures (Hebrews 10:25Acts 2:42Matthew 18:201 Corinthians 14:34-351 Timothy 2:12-141 Timothy 3:2-7 & 8-122 Timothy 2:22 Timothy 2:24-251 Timothy 6:1-2 & 3-52 Timothy 4:2-4Acts 20:27-28 & 29-311 Peter 5:1-31 Thessalonians 5:12-131 Thessalonians 5:11 & 14John 13:34,John 15:12Romans 12:10Galatians 5:13Ephesians 4:21 Thessalonians 4:92 Thessalonians 1:3Hebrews 10:241 Peter 1:221 Peter 4:8, 1 John 3:11231 John 4:7 & 11-122 John 1:5Galatians 1:10Colossians 1:101 Thessalonians 4:11 Corinthians 5:9-11Hebrews 11:61 Peter 2:151 Peter 4:6,Hebrews 10:361 Thessalonians 4:2-82 Corinthians 10:3-51 Peter 2:111 Timothy 6:11-12Ephesians 6:12-13Romans 12:3-81 Corinthians 12:22-27 &28-301 Peter 4:101 Corinthians 12:4-11)  

Regarding Evangelism:

We believe that it is the responsibility and privilege of both the Church and the individual believer to evangelize and disciple people from all nations by lovingly sharing the Gospel of Jesus as Messiah, Savior, Judge and Lord, teaching all those that we disciple to observe everything He has commanded us, after baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, as ambassadors of reconciliation and co-workers with Christ. (Romans 10:17 & 14-15Mark 16:15-16Matthew 28:19-20)  

Regarding Death:

We believe that at the time of physical death, those who follow Jesus Christ will immediately go into the presence of God in full conscious fellowship with the Lord in soul, mind and spirit, awaiting the resurrection of the body that will occur when Jesus returns; that the unbeliever enters immediately into conscious separation from God in Hades - in soul, mind, and spirit - awaiting the resurrection of the body to be judged and cast into eternal separation from God in Hell. (2 Corinthians 5:6-8Philippians 1:23Acts 7:591 Thessalonians 4:14Luke 14:13-14Luke 20:36John 11:24-25Philippians 3:9-11Revelation 20:6John 5:29Revelation 20:11-15)  

Regarding "The virgin" Mary:

We believe that after Jesus was born, Mary "knew" Joseph and they had other children. (Matthew 1:24-25Matthew 12:46Mark 3:31Luke 8:19Matthew 13:55-56John 7:1-10Acts 1:14Galatians 1:19Luke 11:27-28)  

Regarding Cultural Issues:

We believe that marriage, which was instituted by God, is between one Man and one Woman, and that abortion is murder. (Genesis 2:241 Corinthians 7:2Hebrews 13:4Matthew 19:4-6Ephesians 5:23Psalm 139:13-16Jeremiah 1:4-5Luke 1:15Job 31:14-15)  

Regarding Justification:

We believe that when we respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ in faith, that we are saved from our bondage to sin, and forgiven completely for our past; that at the moment we believe, we receive the Holy Spirit and we can now choose to follow the Lord; We believe that faith comes by hearing the Word of God, and that it must be responded to with repentance, at which time the Blood of Christ cleanses the individual from all sin; that those who are saved from their bondage to sin have been resistibly called to salvation by God and this was a work of Grace by the Holy Spirit to the Glory of God. (Romans 3:24,Titus 3:7-8Romans 4:4-5Romans 5:15Romans 11:6Ephesians 2:8-9Romans 10:17Acts 11:21Mark 1:15Luke 13:3 & 5Luke 24:27Acts 2:38Acts 3:19Acts 17:30Acts 20:212 Corinthians 7:10Ephesians 1:7Ephesians 2:13Colossians 1:14 & 20Hebrews 9:14Hebrews 13:20-211 Peter 1:191 John 1:7Revelation 1:5Revelation 5:9Romans 6:18 & 221 John 3:8-10Galatians 5:13Hebrews 3:11 Peter 2:211 Peter 3:91 Corinthians 1:9,Galatians 1:6Ephesians 4:12 Thessalonians 2:141 Peter 1:15)  

Regarding Sanctification:

We believe that at the point of repentance and belief, the sinner is cleansed and peace with God is restored, they are united with Christ and, united with the Holy Spirit, and that they are recipients of all the riches of divine grace and in possession of every spiritual blessing and then, their Christian walk begins; We believe that once we are united with the Holy Spirit, we must then daily choose to follow the Spirit and die to our old sinful passions of the flesh; We believe that God's will for every believer is Sanctification, and that God's firm foundation states that everyone who names the name of the Lord, must depart from all iniquity. We believe that the Grace of God instructs us to deny all godlessness and worldly lusts, and live in a righteous godly way; that we have been set free from slavery to sin by Christ, and are now called to be enslaved to God, that by serving God, we bear fruit unto sanctification and the end result of this process is eternal life. (Colossians 1:12-13Romans 5:1Colossians 1:20Romans 6:5Romans 6:11Romans 6:232 Corinthians 5:17-19Ephesians 1:3-4Acts 5:321 Corinthians 6:19-20,Ephesians 4:30Philippians 3:3Hebrews 10:29Hebrews 6:4-61 Peter 4:14Romans 6:19Romans 6:221 Thessalonians 4:3-5 & 7-82 Thessalonians 2:13Hebrews 12:142 Timothy 2:19Titus 2:11-14)  

Regarding God's Faithfulness:

We  believe that God is totally, utterly, and completely faithful, and just as a perfectly faithful spouse would never leave us, God will never leave us; We believe that God will never cast out those who are believing in Him; That believers are secure as long as they abide In Christ; that there is no condemnation to those who are abiding In Christ Jesus and that nothing can separate us from the Love of God that is In Christ Jesus our Lord; That the Lord's sheep hear His voice (Step 1), and He knows them (Step 2), and they follow Him (Step 3), and He gives them eternal life (Step 4), and they will never perish (Result of Step 4); and no one will snatch them out of His hand (Result of Step 4); We believe that anyone who "abides in Jesus Christ does not sin", but that if we do sin, "if we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  (Hebrews 13:5John 6:37Romans 8:1Romans 8:39John 10:27-29, 1 John 3:6, 1 John 1:9)  

Regarding False Teaching:

We believe that the Word of God plainly warns that there will be Many False Teachers and Great Apostasy; that We must be diligent to avoid deception by exhaustively testing all things against the Word of God, and only holding fast to that which is true and good. (1 Corinthians 11:19, 2 Timothy 3:13, 2 Peter 2:1-2, 1 Timothy 4:1-3, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Corinthians 15:33-34, Galatians 6:7-8, 1 John 4:1, 2 Timothy 3:1-7, Romans 16:17-18, 2 John 1:9-10, 1 Timothy 6:3-5, 2 Timothy 4:3-4, Acts 20:29-31, Matthew 7:15-20, 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)  

Regarding True Teaching:

We believe that the infallible Scripture instructs the believer to: Remain in Jesus (John 15:3-569-10), Remain in the Son (1 John 2:24-263:4-6 & 3:24), Keep yourself in the Love of God (Jude 1:21), Continue in the Faith (Acts 14:22), Hold firmly until the end (Hebrews 3:14), Remain Steadfast in the Faith (Colossians 1:22-23), Pursue Sanctification (Hebrews 12:14), Imitate God (Ephesians 5:1-5), Be diligent to be found by Him spotless and blameless (2 Peter 3:14), Fight the good fight (1 Timothy 6:11-12), Deny ungodliness and worldly desires (Titus 2:11-14), and Be Holy (1 Peter 1: 14-18)  

We believe that the infallible Scripture teaches that it is possible to: Fall from Grace (
Galatians 5:4), Shipwreck  Faith (1 Timothy 1:19), Drift Away (Hebrews 2:1-3), Fall Away (Hebrews 6:4-8,1 Timothy 4:1), Forsake the right way (2 Peter 2:15-22), Depart in a Time of Testing (Luke 8:13), Depart from the Living God (Hebrews 3:12-15), Wander away from the Faith (1 Timothy 6:10), Live according to the flesh and die (Romans 8:12-14), Deviate from the Faith (1 Timothy 6:20-22), Stray from the Truth (James 5:19-20), Fall from your own stability (2 Peter 3:14-16, 17-18), Turn the Grace of God into licentiousness (Jude 1:4), and Insult the Spirit of Grace (Hebrews 10:26-29 & 29-38)

 

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