What We Believe:

The Bible

We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, as written in the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic languages to be the complete, perfect and literal Word of God. The Bible gives us the fundamentals, principles and instructions needed to live the kind of life that God would have us to live including what’s right, what’s not right, how to get right and how to stay right. Because we believe that the Old and New Testaments are the complete Divine revelation from God to man, we therefore believe that the Canon of Scripture is closed (in other words, there are no missing books that have yet to be found that are to be included in God’s Holy Word). (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 1:1; Matthew 4:4; 5:18; John 10:34-38; 1 Peter 1:24-25; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19; James 1:25)

The Person and Work of God the Father

We believe that God is a spirit, who is One, eternally existing in three persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—each eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes, perfections and abilities. He is infinite, incomparable, incomprehensible and unchanging. He is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (knows everything that there is to be known), and omnipresent (existing everywhere at the same time). The Bible teaches us that in the beginning, God created the Heavens and the earth “ex-nihilo,” (out of nothing) even though our finite human minds cannot fully comprehend this. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 4:24; 14:10, 26; 1 Timothy 1:17; 2 Samuel 7:22; Malachi 3:6; Psalm 139:7-12; 147:5; Isaiah 40:28; Ephesians 1; Revelation 19:6; Genesis 1)

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, by having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, came to earth in order that He might reveal God to and redeem sinful men. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative and substitutionary (as our substitute) atonement (to make amends) for our sins. This leads to our justification (just as if I had never sinned), which is made sure by His literal and physical resurrection from the dead. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-8; Acts 1:9-10, 2:18-36; Romans 3:24-25, 8:34; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 2:24; 1 John 2:1-2)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person of the Trinity who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; and, that He is the One responsible for baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling, filling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who illuminates (reveals) the Word of God, assisting all believers everywhere to be able to understand and apply the Scriptures in their daily lives. We also believe that the Holy Spirit gives to every believer specific spiritual gifts in order to equip them for the work of the ministry. ( John 14:26; 15:26; 16:8-11, 13; Romans 8:9, 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 12-14, 28; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13-14, 17-18; 4:7-12;  5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27)

The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin, the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God therefore becoming totally depraved and being unable to do anything to merit his own salvation. (Genesis 1:26-27; 3; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the free gift of God, given to man by His grace which is received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on the Cross of Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that this salvation offered is truly a “free” gift and that there is nothing that we, as mere human beings, can do in order to earn or work our way to Heaven. This gift was a once in a lifetime event and is not something that is progressive in nature, but rather our justification is instantaneous as we place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. To obtain eternal life (salvation), one must recognize their own sinful imperfections, believing in their hearts and proclaiming with their mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord; that He is the perfect, sinless Son of God Who came as the ultimate sacrifice living amongst fallen men. He came, He lived a sinless life, He was crucified, died and was buried only to rise again from the grave on the third day conquering death once and for all! (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Matthew 12:31-32; 1 John 1:9; James 2:14-26; Romans 5:8; 6:3; 6:23; 10:9-10)

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

We believe that all the redeemed (believers in Christ), once saved, are kept by God’s power and are secure in Christ forever. A genuine born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ can do nothing to lose their union with the Father. Although continuing to live a sinful life with little or no regard to spiritual matters can certainly hinder one’s communion (fellowship) with Him, the union (relationship) can never be broken. There is nothing that can separate the believer from the love of God! (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1; 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:4-5)

The Church

We believe that the local church, which is the body of Christ, is made up of baptized believers and that the establishment and definition of said churches are clearly defined in the New Testament Scriptures as being autonomous (self-governing, independent) and free of any external authority or control. The mission of the church is threefold: Evangelize the world calling all to repentance in the name of Jesus; teaching those newfound Christians and all Christians alike to live out the message of the Gospel as taught in the Word of God; and to encourage all Christians everywhere to carry out the ministry of the Gospel of Christ. The church practices two ordinances: water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. Since there is no set pattern of observing the Lord’s Supper, this ordinance will be conducted on a regular basis as determined by the lead pastor. (1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 11:23-26; 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 5:20; 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; Acts 2:41-42; 13:1-4; 14:27; 15:19-31; 18:18 20:17, 28-32; Romans 16:1, 4; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11; 1 Peter 5:1-4)

The Second Return of Christ

We believe in the physical and imminent (soon-coming) return of Christ, Who will rapture His church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His Earthly Messianic Kingdom which is promised in Scripture. (Psalm 89:3-4; Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)

The Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. The souls of believers at death are absent from the body and present with the Lord, where they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. The souls of unbelievers after death remain in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when the soul and body will be reunited and shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (Matthew 25:41-46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7)

The Personality of Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10)

Creation

We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods while resting on the seventh. Therefore, we reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, Theistic Evolution and any other theory that is contradictory to the Word of God and consider them as being unscriptural theories of origin. (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11)

Human Sexuality

We believe that God has commanded that no legitimate, intimate sexual activity is be engaged in outside of a marriage union between one man and one woman. Hence, we oppose all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery; extramarital behavior, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication and pornography as being sinful perversions of God’s gift of se. That said, the act and the person are different. The act does not define the person. Therefore, we welcome all people just as they are, loving everyone just as Christ loves us, being unique individuals created in the image and likeness of God. (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 7:2; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)

Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage

We believe that marriage, as Biblically defined, is the physical, emotional and spiritual union between one man and one woman. We reject any and all teachings, statutes and laws that allow the union of man to man or woman to woman and recognize these teachings, statutes and laws to be a perversion of God’s holy Word. Accordingly, “Freedom Found Ministries,” its pastors, staff and members will not participate in same-sex unions or same-sex marriages, nor shall its property or resources be used for such purposes. Regarding divorce, we understand the joining of one man and one woman into a lifelong covenant until separated by death, to be of the utmost importance to God and that He does not ever desire a married couple to divorce. However, we also understand that sometimes, as a result of the choices made by people living in a sin-cursed world, there are times that this union is broken. That being said, the Bible tells us that divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of sexual sin or the unbelieving spouse departing. Divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and can be greatly used of God for Christian service; however, a person who has been divorced may not occupy some positions of leadership as outlined in the Scriptures. (Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:1-3; 1 Corinthians 7; 1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)

Abortion

We believe that every human life begins at conception and that any and all forms of abortion constitute murder. Pro-abortion teaching of any kind is unacceptable since the Bible clearly teaches that human life is cherished as the culmination of God’s creation. (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)

Missions

We believe that God has given the church a Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to every nation, every tribe and every tongue, both here and there, domestic and abroad, so that there might be a great multitude of souls who trust in Christ as Savior. As ambassadors of the Gospel of Christ, we are to take the Gospel to all that we come into contact with, not idly waiting on them to come to us. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20)

Giving

We believe that every Christian, as a steward (manager) of the resources that have been entrusted to him by God, is obligated to support the local church financially through the cheerful giving of tithes and offerings. As Christians, we recognize that we have a responsibility to manage God’s resources well and to invest in eternity. That being said, we believe that we are to give sacrificially in order to further the message of the Gospel through the ministry of the local church. (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Malachi 3:8-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)

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