WHO WE ARE

CORE VALUES

 
  • Gospel-centered
    • God has provided for us everything we need for life and godliness through Jesus Christ. Romans 11:36; Philippians 1:8; Colossians 2:2-10; 2 Peter 1:3
  • Scripture-dependent
    • The revelation of God through Scripture is sufficient to be an authoritative guide for every area of thinking and living. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • Disciple-making
    • Christ has called His disciples to make disciples in the power that Christ provides. This is a call which is comprehensive scope – from the conversion of the lost soul to Christlikeness in walk. Matthew 28:19
  • Christlike-priority
    • The purpose of the church assembled is sanctification and the purpose of the church dispersed is evangelism so that all will love God above all else. Matthew 22:37
  • Heart-focused
    • Everything begins with and flows from the heart. Proverbs 4:23
  • Principle-guided
    • God gives to us in His Word both precepts that must be obeyed and principles that must be applied through soul-liberty by wisdom and love. It is important that we keep precepts and principles distinct from each other as demonstrated in Romans 14
  • Community-living
    • God intends for all Christians to live and grow in community. 1 Corinthians 12:14-25; Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 3:15-17; Hebrews 10:19-25
  • Love-motivated
    • The most loving thing we can do for those around us is to courageously live out Truth with a spirit of godly love. It is to this end we share the Gospel of Christ. Matthew 28:19-22; Ephesians 4:15; Romans 14:13-19
  • Biblically-Conservative
    • Committed to understanding the values of past generations through the test of Scripture in order to make wise liberty choices in the present. 1 Corinthians 11:1; Romans 14:5-6, 12, 19, 23
  • Member-ministers
    • It is God’s design that the individual members of the local church be equipped by the labors of the pastors/elders so that the membership is prepared to do the work of building up their own local body through faithful ministry.

HISTORY

 

The first meeting of what was to become the Faith Baptist Church was held on February 18, 1962. On February 21, the church officially organized and Rev. Roland Andrews was called as pastor. The Scripture, “For we walk by faith, not by sight,” 2 Corinthians 5:7 was adopted as a church theme. Following the resignation of Pastor Andrews in late 1965, Dennis Walton became pastor.

Steady growth soon overtaxed the Coffman Street facilities and on November 8, 1970, the congregation moved to a newly-constructed auditorium and educational wing at 833 Fifteenth Avenue. Additional building programs followed in 1972, 1974, 1988, and 1993.

In the fall of 1971, the educational ministry of Faith Baptist School was officially begun. Faith Baptist School, kindergarten through high school, was a beneficial part of the ministry of Faith Baptist Church and had a godly impact on our community. Due to decreasing enrollment, the school ceased operations in May of 2016.

In September 1977, Pastor Walton resigned to accept a call to another pastorate. In March of 1978, Dr. Marion E. Fast left a pastorate in Michigan and was pastor at Faith Baptist Church until March 9, 1997. At that time, Rick Cross, who had been the youth pastor since June 1987, became the pastor. For the next sixteen years, Pastor Cross faithfully shepherded the congregation. Pastor Cross resigned in December 2013 as God lead him into global missions work with Frontline Missions. In September 2014, Torrey Jaspers, who had been pastoring in California, accepted the call to be the fifth pastor of Faith. Faith Baptist Church continues to “walk by faith, not by sight,” and the blessings of God continues to be evidenced.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Section 1 – The Scriptures
  • We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible, being inerrant in the original autographs. Since the Scriptures are God-breathed in the original autographs, inspiration extends to the very words and wording of the Bible so all the entire sixty-six books of the Bible, and only the sixty-six books of the Bible, comprise the Word of God in its entirety. We can trust the Scriptures because God, in His sovereignty, has overseen the process of transmission over the centuries. As such the Bible is infallible, and our only authority on all matters of faith and practice. (Mat. 5:18; Matt 24:35; John 10:35; II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:21; Rev. 22:18-19)
  • We are committed to using Bible translations that best communicate a literal translation of the original languages so that the church may best understand the Scriptures without obscurity.
Section 2 – The Godhead
  • We believe that God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, righteousness, justice, goodness, and truth. The one true and living God exists eternally in three self-existent, uncreated persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, of one and the same essence, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, and co-equal in power and glory, yet distinct in personality and function. (Gen. 1:2; Gen. 1:5, 8; Ex. 20:11; Deut. 6:4; Psalm 90:2; John 14:26, 28; Rom. 11:36; II Cor. 13:14; Col. 1:16-17; Rev. 4:11;)
Section 3 – God the Father
  • We believe God is eternal, immutable, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. He is the sovereign God of the universe and is perfect in holiness, righteousness, justice and love. He is the source of all things external to Himself. He supports and upholds by His decree everything external to Himself, and all things exist to show His greatness and to bring Him pleasure. He hears and answers the prayers of men and He saves from sin, death and judgment all who come to Him in the blessed name and perfect merits of His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Mat. 28:19; John 3:16; John 5:23; John 14:26; John 17; 1 Cor. 8:6)
Section 4 – The Lord Jesus Christ
  • We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who existed from everlasting with the Father and was begotten in human form by the Holy Spirit. Born of a virgin, He is fully God and fully Man, one Person with two natures, divine and human. (Matt. 1:18-20; Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1,2,14; Phil 2:5-8)
  • We believe the Lord Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and gave Himself willingly on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for sin according to the Scriptures, and all who receive Him are justified by faith on the grounds of His shed blood. (II Cor. 5:21; Rom. 3:21-26; Heb. 2:9; 1 John 2:2)
  • We believe in the death, burial and resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ on the third day; in His bodily ascension into Heaven; and that He is presently seated at the right hand of the throne of God, interceding as High Priest for all believers. (Matt. 28:1-10; Acts 1:9; Heb. 7:25-28; Heb 8:1)
  • We believe in the imminent return of Christ as Judge and King, at which time all believers in Christ      will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and be kept from the promised period of divine wrath upon the Earth. (I Thess. 4:14-17; I Cor. 15:51-53; I Thess. 5:6, 9; Rom 5:9)
Section 5 – The Holy Spirit
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit who is one of the three Persons of the Trinity and is a divine Person, not an impersonal force. He is fully God, proceeding from the Father and His Son. We believe among His current ministries are the following: the restraining of evil in the world until God’s purpose is fulfilled; the convicting of the world regarding sin, righteousness, and judgment; calling people to salvation through Christ; the regeneration of all believers; the indwelling of those who are saved, and the continued filling for sanctified living and producing the fruit of the Spirit in life. (John 3:5-6; 15:26; 16:7-11; Rom. 6:13; Rom. 8:9; Gal. 4:6; 5:16; 22-23; Eph. 4:30, 5:18; II Thess. 2:7;  Titus 3:5)
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit endows every believer at the moment of salvation with at least one spiritual gift to be used for the edification of the church.  (Rom 12:4-8; I Cor. 12:4-31)
  • We believe the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit were temporary. These would include the gifts of             speaking in tongues, prophecy and healings by human agents.  We believe speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the filling or baptism of the Spirit. We believe God, in accord with His own will, does hear and answer prayer for the sick and afflicted. (I Cor. 12:11, 30; 13:8; James 5:14-16)
Section 6 – Creation
  • We believe in the Genesis account of seven 24 hour days of the creation of the world as a literal, historical record of the direct acts of God, without the involvement of any evolutionary process. This was accomplished through the Second Person of the Godhead who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. (Gen. 1-2; John 1:3-10; Col. 1:16; Heb. 11:3)
Section 7 – Mankind
  • We believe that man was created in innocence and in the image of God as either male or female according to His sovereign design and purpose. However, in Adam’s disobedience, sin entered the world and passed to all mankind, destroying man’s relationship with God and resulting in death. Thus, all are sinners by nature and by choice, and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse and deserve eternal punishment in hell. (Gen. 1-3; Rom. 3:10-12, 23; 5:12; 8:7-8; Eph. 2:1-3; I John 5:19; Is. 64:6; Jer. 17:9)
Section 8 – Salvation 
  • We believe that salvation of sinners is wholly by grace through faith alone in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and that all who receive Him as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become children of God. (Isaiah 53:4-12; John 1:12, 1:29, 3:5-7, 6:44, 20:31; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 2:2; Acts 3:19, 20:21; Hebrews 6:1)
    • We believe in regeneration through salvation. When an individual responds in faith to the Gospel, repents of his sin and turns to Christ for salvation, the Holy Spirit causes a spiritual change in which he is freed from the guilt of his inherently sinful nature, receives the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, and thus is born again into God’s family. Regeneration involves an illumination of the mind, a change in the will, and a new nature. (John 1:12; 3:3-7, 16; Acts 2:38; 17:30; Rom. 3:22-28; II Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; I Pet. 1:23;)
    • We believe in justification. This is the act of God whereby He declares the sinner to be righteous in His sight. On the basis of the sacrificial work of Christ, God does not impute sin to the individual, but  instead  imputes the righteousness of Christ to those who believe. (Rom. 3:22-28; 4;1-8; 5:1-2; Gal. 2:16)
    • We believe in sanctification. Whereas regeneration is a one-time event in the life of the believer, sanctification is a continuing process by which God gradually transforms him into the image of Christ.  Sanctification is presented in three senses in Scriptures: While the believer’s bondage to sin is gone (freedom from the penalty of sin), the presence of sin and its tendencies are not. The believer should be growing in conformity to Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit through the means of the Word of God (freedom from the power of sin). The believer will only be fully conformed to the image of Christ, sinless, which is at glorification (freedom from the presence of sin). (John 17:17; Acts 20:32 Rom. 7:18-25; II Cor. 3:18; Gal. 5:17; Eph. 5:25-27; I Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14 Heb. 10:10; I John 3:2;)
    • We believe in the preservation of the believer. Therefore all the saints of God, once saved are kept by God’s power and are secure in Christ forever, because salvation is based solely upon the grace of God and not on the merit of the individual. Scripture, however, gives a solemn warning to those who profess salvation but whose lives give no evidence of change because of the willful, continual practice of sin. (John 6:37, 39; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:30-39; James 2:14-26; I Pet. 1:5; II Pet. 1:10; I John 3:7-10;)
Section 9 – Separation 
  • We believe that Scripture commands God’s people to be holy and separate unto Christ. Such discipleship moves us from all polluting influences, including sin, disobedient brethren, and false teachers. Biblical separation includes the following:
  • Personal – Individual believers are the temple of the Holy Spirit and are called to pursue holiness. Therefore, they are not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers and should abstain from all worldly affections and practices dishonoring to the Savior. (Romans 12:1-2, 14:13, 16:17-18; II Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; Titus 2:11-14; James 4:4-10; 1 John 2:15-17;)
  • Ecclesiastical – The church as a whole must separate from those who teach false doctrine and attempt to subvert the saints, and further must separate from the unrepentant and disobedient believer. (Matt. 7:13-20, 18:15-17; Rom. 16:17; II Cor. 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:6-17; II Thessalonians 3:6-15; 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Titus 3:9-11; II John 9-11)
Section 10 – The Church
  • We believe in the Universal Church – a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the Head; and of which all regenerated people, since Pentecost, in this age are a part. We believe the Church is the body of Christ and is peculiar to the age of grace and entirely distinct from the nation Israel. Jesus Christ is the Head of the church and its Chief Shepherd. (Matthew 16:16-18; Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 1:18; I Peter 5:4)
  • We believe a local church is an organized assembly of baptized believers, voluntarily associated   together upon a credible confession of faith, functioning as a spiritual body, for the purpose of glorifying Jesus Christ, edifying the saints into Christ-likeness, and evangelizing the lost. We believe the local church is autonomous and has the right of self-government and should be free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, religious or governmental. We believe the church, both local and universal, is the center of God’s program for this age, and that every Christian is bound by Scripture to give his unhindered cooperation to the ministry of his local church. (Matthew. 16:16-18; I Corinthians 12:12-27; Acts 2:42-47; I Timothy 3:15-16; Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 1:15-20; 1 Peter 5:4
Section 11 – The Ordinances
  • We believe that Christ instructed the church to observe two ordinances, both of which are symbolic rather than a means to convey saving grace.
  1. Baptism – All who profess faith in Jesus Christ should be baptized by immersion in water as an    identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19-20;  Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5)
  2. The Lord’s Supper – The Lord’s Supper is a memorial service in which the bread and juice represent the body and blood of Christ. It is a reminder of our continual fellowship with Christ and should be preceded by careful self-examination. (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-34)
Section 12 – The Great Commission
  • We believe the Lord Jesus Christ has commissioned us to take the Gospel to the world as an act of worship for the glory of God and the joy of all nations. Evangelism and church-planting, both locally and globally, should be primary in the program of the local church, and includes the baptism and discipleship of believers. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8)
Section 13 – Last Things
  • We believe in the imminent rapture of the church to Heaven followed by a seven year period of tribulation upon all the earth. At the end of this period of tribulation, Jesus Christ shall come back to Earth in power and glory with His Church to establish the promised Davidic Kingdom. He shall reign for one thousand years, during which time peace and righteousness will cover the earth, Satan will be bound, and Israel shall be established in her own land. At the end of this glorious reign, Satan shall lead a rebellion against Christ, shall be defeated, and shall be forever banished to the Lake of Fire.
  • The wicked dead shall be judged at the Great White Throne and shall be condemned to everlasting conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire. The righteous shall be in eternal conscious blessedness in the presence of the Lord. (Ezekiel 39:25-29; Matthew 24:21; John 14:3; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 19:11-16; 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:1-15)
Section 14 – Practical Matters
  • Marriage and Human Sexuality
    • We believe that the term “marriage” has only one legitimate meaning, and that is marriage sanctioned by God, which joins one man and one woman in a single, covenantal union, as delineated by Scripture. Marriage ceremonies performed in any facility owned, leased, or rented by Faith Baptist Church will be only those ceremonies sanctioned by God, joining one man with one woman as their gender was determined at birth. Whenever there is a conflict between the church’s position and any new legal standard for marriage, the church’s statement of faith, doctrines, and biblical positions will govern. (Genesis 2:24; Ephesians 5:22-23; Mark 10:6-9; 1 Corinthians 7:1-9)
    • We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage (as defined in Section 14, A. 1 above). We believe that any other type of sexual activity, identity, or expression that lies outside of this definition of marriage, including those that are becoming more acceptable in the culture and the courts, are sinful perversions of and contradictory to God’s natural design and purpose for sexual activity. (Genesis 2:24, 19:5; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1-7, 6:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)
  • Gender and Sexuality
    • We believe that God wonderfully and immutably created each person as male or female.  We further believe that the Bible recognizes only two genders and gender expressions which are valid for all of humanity. These two, distinct, complementary genders reflect the image and nature of God.  We believe rejection of one’s biological gender or expression and presentation as the opposite gender is a rejection of the image of God within that person.  Faith Baptist Church desires to adhere to these clear truths of Scripture while simultaneously expressing the love of God as commanded in Scripture. Faith Baptist Church will not conform its facilities to accommodate those whose gender expression is not aligned with Scripture, but does commit to expressing the love of God to all who enter its doors. (Genesis 1:26-27)
    • We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Faith Baptist Church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to its members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Faith Baptist Church and its ministries, in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, in any capacity, agree to and abide by the statements on marriage, gender and sexuality as presented in this Statement of Faith. (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; I Thessalonians 5:22)
    • We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, and seek His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10; I Corinthians 6:9-11)
    • We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated  and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Faith Baptist Church. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31)
  • Family Relationships
    • We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God and that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders (pastors/elders and deacons) of the church. (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:18;  I Timothy 2:8-15, 3:4-5, 12; Titus 1:5-9)
    • We believe that God has ordained the family (as defined in Section 14, A. 1 above) as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are a wonderful gift and heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate training and discipline. (Genesis 1:26-28; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 127:3-5; Proverbs 19:18, 22:15, 23:13-14; Mark 10:6-12; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Peter 3:1-7)
  • Divorce and Remarriage
    • We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce except on the grounds of adultery. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor/elder or deacon. (Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 19:3-12; Mark 10:11-12; Romans 7:1-3; 1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6; 1 Corinthians 7:10-16)
  • Abortion
    • We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion is murder and constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:13-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:36, 44)
  • Euthanasia
    • We believe that an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, facilitates premature death is assuming a decision that is to be reserved for God. We do not believe that discontinuing medical procedures that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome is euthanasia. (Exodus 20:13, 23:7; Matthew 5:21; Acts 17:28)
Faith Baptist Church
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