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Our Statement of Faith.

 

What We Believe


As an arm of Freedom Covenant Global Ministries, FCGM West, subscribes to the following Statement of Faith as published by FCGM.

Freedom Covenant Global Ministries embraces the following Statement of Faith concerning the Truth of God’s Word. The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. This Statement of Faith is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e., that we all speak the same thing, (1 Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42).

No claim is made that it contains all Biblical truth, only that it covers our needs as to these fundamental doctrines. We do not presume to say the terminology employed in this Statement of Faith is inspired or that it is the final work on Biblical truth. However, we are persuaded it is proper and consistent with the Holy Scriptures to “set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us.” (Luke 1:1)

1. INSPIRED WORD OF GOD

The Holy Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments were written by holy men of God, as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit and are God’s revealed word to man. They are the sufficient, infallible rule and guide to salvation and all Christian worship and service, and are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1Thessalonians 2:13)

2. THE TRIUNE GODHEAD

The one true God, the eternally self-existent, self-revealed “I AM,” is all loving, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He reveals Himself to man as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being, thereby embodying the principles of relationship and association. (Exodus 3:14; Deuteronomy 6:4; Luke 3:22; Mark 12:29; Isaiah 43:10, 11; Matthew 28:19; 1 John 5:7)

3. DIVINITY OF CHRIST

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal, Divine Son of God, and is the second person in the triune Godhead. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was approved of God by miracles, was crucified, buried, raised bodily from the dead, and exalted to the right hand of the Father. (John 1:1; Luke 1:30-35, 3:22; Hebrews 4:15; Acts 2:22, 32, 33; Matthew 27:35, 57-60; 28:19; Luke 24:39; Acts 2:32, 33)

4. CREATION, FALL AND REDEMPTION OF MAN

Man was created in a state of innocence, for God said, “Let Us make man in Our image according to Our likeness...” Man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Genesis 1:26-31; 3:17; Romans 3:20-26; 5:8-10, 12-21; Matthew 26:28)

5. SALVATION OF MAN

A. Conditions of Salvation

The Grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and being justified by grace, has become an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 2:11; 3:4-7; Romans 10:13-15; Luke 24:46, 47)

B. Evidences of Salvation¬

The inward evidence to the believer of his/her salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit. (Romans 8:16) The outward evidence to all men is a life of holiness. (1 Thessalonians 4:7; 2 Timothy1:9; Romans 6:19-22)

6. WATER BAPTISM BY IMMERSION

The ordinance of water baptism by immersion, signifying our burial with Christ should be observed [as commanded in the Scriptures] by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts have believed on Christ as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been resurrected to walk with Him in newness of life. (John 3:22; Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:3-6)

7. THE LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing in a memorial to His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined to all believers “until He comes.” (John 6:48, 51, 53-57; Luke 22:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

8. BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

A. Promise of the Father

All believers are entitled to, and should earnestly seek the Promise of the Father, which is the baptism with the Holy Spirit and with fire. While speaking in other tongues ‘as the Spirit gives utterance’ is an endorsement of having received this baptism, the principal focus should always remain on the Words of our Lord Jesus who said, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.'' (Acts 2:38, 39; Luke 3:16; 24:49; Acts 1:4-8)

B. Purpose and Distinction of the Promise

The primary purpose of the baptism with the Holy Spirit is the infilling of power for life and service, and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of His ministry that we might be bold witnesses for Him, beginning at home, and then reaching out as the Holy Spirit gives opportunity. This experience is distinct from and may be subsequent to the experience of the New Birth. (1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Acts 1:4-8; 8:12-17; 10:44-47; 11:13-17; 15:7-9)

9. SANCTIFICATION PROCESS

By the power of the Holy Spirit we strive to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” Sanctification is a definite, yet progressive work of grace leading to holiness, is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word. (Romans 6:20-22; 12:1, 2; Hebrews 12:12-16; 1 Peter 1:13-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24; 1 John 2:6)

10. DIVINE HEALING

Divine healing from sickness is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of all believers who will accept it. It is wrought by the power of God and may be experienced through such avenues as the prayer of faith, the laying on of hands, and fervent prayer. (Isaiah 53:4, 5; 1 Peter 2:21-25; Matthew 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16; Luke 4:40)

11. THE CHURCH

The church is the holy Body of Christ, of which He is the Head, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer is an integral part of the church, and their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. The church is to be an agency for evangelizing the world, to be a corporate body in which man may worship God, and to be a channel of God's purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son. (1 Thessalonians 2:4; Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Hebrews 10:19-25; Ephesians 4:11-13)

12. FIVE-FOLD MINISTRY

The divinely called and scripturally ordained five-fold ministry, embodying both male and female, as the Holy Spirit may desire, has been provided by our Lord, and equipped with power, talents, wisdom, and gifts pertaining to their particular office or offices for a two-fold purpose: (1) The evangelization of the world, and (2) The edification of the Body of Christ. (Mark 16:15, 20; Ephesians 4:11-16; I Corinthians 12:28

13. FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF GOD’S WORK

Both tithing and giving of offerings are taught in Scripture and should be the cheerful practice of all Christians. (Malachi 3:7-12; Matthew 23:23; Luke 6:38; 11:42; Romans 11:16; 2 Corinthians 9:7)

14. THE BLESSED HOPE

The resurrection of the dead in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the blessed hope of the church. (1Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:11-14; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)

15. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven, the pre-millennial “catching up” of the saints, the salvation of national Israel, and the millennial reign of Christ on the earth are Scriptural promises and our hope. (1Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-7; Romans 11:25-27)

16. THE LAKE OF FIRE

The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15).

17. THE NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH

We, as promised in the Scriptures, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells (2Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1

 
     
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