Our Faith

Faith Recovery Fellowship Statement of Faith

Bible -The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.  Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.  All Scripture is a testimony to Christ who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Isa. 55:11; Psm. 119:105; Psm. 19:7; Eph. 6:17; Jn. 17:17; Lk. 24:25)

God – There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness, all powerful, all knowing of all        things past, present and future. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being. (Isa 45:5; Duet 6:4; I Cor 8:4; Jer 9:23-24; Jn 4:24; Job 37:16;Gen 1:1; Isa 57:15)

Jesus is God the Son – Christ is the eternal Son of God.  In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature.  In His substitution death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead, appeared to His disciples, ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, one Mediator between God and man. (John 1:3,14,29, 10:11, 17:5; Lk. 2:11; Phil. 2:7;Isa 61:1,2;   Heb4:15-16; Matt 16:16,21; Heb. 9)

Holy Spirit -The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine.  He convicts men of sin, calls men to the Savior and baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He bestows Spiritual gifts to believers by which they serve God through His church.   (John 14:16-17; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; Rom. 5:5; ICor. 2:12, 3:16; 2Cor 3:17; Gal5:25; Eph. 1:13, 4:30, 5:18)

Man -Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image.  Endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice.  With that choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race and fell from his original innocence. (Gen 1:27; Psm. 8:36; Isa 53:6, 59:1-2; Rom 3:23)

Salvation – Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.  Salvation is the great theme of the Bible, revealing the truth that God saves sinners. (John 1:12, 3:16, 14:6; Rom     5:1, 6:23; Gal 3:26; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

Church – A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, exercising the gifts of the Spirit for edification, teaching and service within the body and endeavoring to make disciples for the purpose of fulfilling the great commission.  In a larger sense the church is the Body of Christ which includes all the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people and nation. (Col 1:18; I Cor. 3:11, 12:12-27; Rom 12:4-8; Eph. 1:20-23; Matt 28:19-20)

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper – Christian baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior.  The believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.  The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby believers through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Jesus. “This is my body, which is for you; do  this in remembrance of me.”   In the same way, after supper He took the cup saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” ( Rom 6:4; I Cor. 11:23-24: Lk 22:19-20)

Eternity – People will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or exist eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is eternal death in Hell.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven.  Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (John 3:16, 14:17; Rom       6:23; 8:17-18; I Cor. 2:7-9; Rev. 20:15)

The End Times – There will be a literal return of Christ and a judgment day.  There will also be a literal catching up of the saints commonly known as the Rapture.  Scripture teaches that we do not know the day or the hour that these events will take place; it does however teach that these are real events that will certainly be fulfilled. (Matt 12:36; John 5:22; 16:8; 2Cor 5:10; I Thess. 4:16-17; 2 Pet 3:7;  Jude 6)

Stewardship – Since God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual, all we have and are we owe to Him.  Christians have an obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions.  We practice tithing to support the church, the body of Christ, as God’s Word commands. We recognize that the tithe is the biblical standard of giving 10% to the local church and offerings over and above the tithe are an offering of gratitude to the Lord for all the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. (Lev 27:30; Malachi 3:7-12; Matt 23;23)

 


 

Faith Recovery Fellowship Membership

The below “affirmation statement” is something we ask all participants in our ministry to sign, staff or otherwise.    This document has absolutely no bearing on one’s salvation, but instead acts as a “statement of understanding” for how each person agrees to participate in this fellowship.   If you attend our meetings and feel led to become a regular participant, ask any of the Faith Recovery Fellowship staff and they can provide you with a blank copy.   Or you can simply print the below text if you have access to a printer.   Thank you and God Bless.

 My Faith Recovery Fellowship Affirmation Statement

I am part of Faith Recovery Fellowship, a community of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. I am affirming my commitment to actively participate in the fellowship of this body by exercising my Spiritual Gifts to build up the ‘body of Christ’ where the opportunity requires for the purpose of:

Loving on another (1 John 4:7)
Building up one another (Eph. 4:29)
Encouraging one another (Heb. 3:13)
Serving one another (I Peter 4:10)
Praying for one another (Eph. 6:18)
Exhorting one another (Heb. 10:24)
Rebuking and correcting one another (2 Tim. 4:2)
When necessary discipline one another (Matt 18:15-17)
Bearing one another’s burdens (Gal 6:2)
Forgiving one another (Col 3:13)
Maintaining unity with one another (Eph 4:3)
Obeying God’s Word (John 14:23)
Being committed to the fulfillment of the Great Commission
To go into all the world and make disciples (Matt 28:16-20)

By signing this document I affirm my agreement with the Statement of Faith and the Affirmation of membership defined herein.  I commit myself by the grace of God to share in the fellowship of the gospel here at Faith Recovery Fellowship.

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