Statement of Faith

The Bible: We believe the Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mystery or error. The Bible is infallible, inerrant, and is absolute truth and complete. Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; Jeremiah 36:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 22:18-19.

God: We believe God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God. Genesis 1:1, 26-37, 3:22; Numbers 6:24-26; Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2.

Jesus Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus, Israel’s promised Messiah, was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate and will return again someday to claim His own and establish His kingdom. Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15; Micah 5:2 and John 1:41; 1 John 1:1-4, 2:1-2; Revelation 22:12-13.

The Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He exists to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its sin and regenerates sinners. In Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. This takes place at the moment of salvation. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service. Psalm 51:10-11; John 14:16-17, John 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12 – 14, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 4:6, 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18. Titus 3:5-6.

Salvation: We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace and is received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, totally apart from human merit or works. By grace we are saved through faith in Christ’s death on the cross and this salvation is the gift of God, which we must receive. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ and God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty (eternal separation from God). When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life with Christ begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This is evidenced by confession, repentance, baptism by immersion, and a life committed to His service. Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 5:24; 14:6 Romans 3:22-26, 5:1, 6:23; Galatians 3:6-9.

Spiritual Gifts: We believe that God has designed the local church like a physical body, with Jesus Christ as the head. God gifts each of His children in unique and special ways to serve and build up the body. Therefore, spiritual gifts are not for personal benefit or glory, but to bring glory to God, as well as encouraging and building up the church. 1 Corinthians 14:4. To preserve unity in the body of Falcon Ridge Fellowship, we ask that the use of spiritual gifts follow the biblical guidelines as instructed in 1 Corinthians 14. 1-33. 1 Corinthians 14:27- 28; 1 John 4:1; 1 Corinthians 14:4; 1 Corinthians 4:8; Ephesians 4:11-13; Hebrews 2:4, 13:21

People: We believe, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Jesus Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed. Genesis 1:27- 28, 12:2-3, 17:4-8; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23 – 26.

Eternity: We believe that people will either exist eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation or exist eternally separated from God by unbelief. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. To be eternally separated from God is eternal punishment in Hell. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3:16; Romans 6:23; 8:17; 1 Corinthians 2:7-10; Revelation 20:15.

Christ’s Return: We believe in the second coming of Christ at a time known only to God, which demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission. We believe the details are in God’s hands and the timing of His return is not a salvation issue. John 14:3, 16:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Hebrews 9:24-28.

The Leadership Model of the Church: Falcon Ridge Fellowship is a non-denominational Christian Church.

The Church’s leadership structure is derived directly from the New Testament model of shared pastoral leadership, based upon a plurality of Elders. The New Testament provides conclusive evidence that the pastoral oversight of the local church is a team effort, not the sole responsibility of one person. (Acts 14: 23; Acts 20:17, 28; James 5:15; Titus 1:5)

As in the New Testament, the Elders of Falcon Ridge Fellowship are called to be shepherds, a council of equals, intended to balance each other’s weaknesses, share in lightening the workload, and to provide accountability to God and one another. The role of the shepherd-elder is to care for the sheep of God’s pasture with self-sacrifice, tenderness, wisdom, hard work, loving care, and constant watchfulness to provide protection from all dangers that threaten the sheep or the life of the church. Acts 14:23; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Timothy 5:17; Titus 1:5-9, 1 Peter 5:1-5.

Communion: We believe communion is a memorial a new covenant, and a proclamation. It is a sacred event for those who have a vital, biblical relationship with Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:23-30; Mark 14:22-25.

Baptism: We believe in baptism by immersion as demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ. It is an outward expression of an inward commitment that is proclaimed publicly and signifies the uniting of the believer with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Matthew 3:13-17 and 28:19-20; Romans 6: 3-6; Acts 8:36-38.