We believe in the importance of following our convictions, to each his/her own. Therefore, we think it’s vital to know and understand what our church believes in. We feel the following beliefs are Biblical and closely reflect the Spirit of God’s Holy Word: God – We believe that God is the Creator, Sustain-er, and Righteous Ruler of the universe. He has revealed Himself in nature and in the Scriptures of the Holy Bible as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as one God.
Jesus Christ – He is God’s unique Son; the only one of a kind. The Scripture teaches that He is God revealed in flesh. In His divine nature, He is truly God, and, in His human nature, truly man. He is the One crucified for our sins as humans. The now risen and glorified Savior and Lord who mediates between God and man and who gives us access to the Father through His intercession is Jesus Christ. None can come to the Father unless they come through Him.
The Holy Spirit – All of the attributes of God are ascribed to the Holy Spirit by scripture. It is He who convicts and convinces men of their sin. He also convinces man of that which is right, and that on the final day, judgment will come. It is He who comes to live in us at conversion, to open our understanding of scripture, and to lead us into the truth.
The Bible – God used holy men to write the Scriptures. They are, in both the Old and New Testaments, the very words God intended us to folloe. They are, as given by God, without error and are our only rule of faith and practice. We profit from them as we learn the truth about many things; They also speak to us about wrong doing and serve as the correction for our mistakes and guide us on the right course as we live.
Man – God created man in a state of innocence. Man, being tempted by Satan, yielded and willfully disobeyed God, becoming a sinner and incurring God’s judgment upon sin. Through the sins of Adam and Eve, All of the descendants of Adam inherit his fallen nature, and thus have a natural inclination to sin. When one comes to an age of accountability, he is guilty of sinning before God and is in need of salvation.
God’s Relationship to His Creatures and Creation – God exercises a wise and compassionate providence over all beings and things. He maintains the laws of nature and performs special acts as the highest welfare of mankind and conducts His order over things required.
Salvation – Man receives pardon and forgiveness for all his sins when he admits to God that he is a sinner. When in godly sorrow he turns from them and puts faith in the work of Christ as redemption for sin. The acceptance of salvation involves belief in Christ’s on the cross as man’s substitute, and the truth of God’s raising Him as predicted. Salvation is by grace alone and not of works.
Who can be Saved? – It is God’s will that all be saved, but since man has the power of choice, God saves only those who repent their sin and believe in the work of Christ on the cross. Those who refuse salvation, repentance, and faith in this life have no chance to be saved after death, and thus condemn themselves to eternal damnation due to their unbelief.
Perseverance – We believe that there is strong proof in hoping that the saved will persevere undue the end, and, therefore, will be saved due to the power of divine grace pledged for their support. We believe that any saved person who has sinned, but has a desire to repent, may do so and be restored to God’s favor and fellowship. Since man, however, continues to have free will, it is possible because of temptations and the weakness of human flesh for him to fall into the practice of sin and for him/her to lose faith.
Christ’s Second Coming – The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, who ascended and remains at the right hand of God, will come again to close the Gospel dispensation, glorify His saints, and conduct judgement of the world.
The Collective Beliefs of Free Will Baptist Churches Gospel Ordinances – Free Will Baptists believe the Bible teaches three ordinances for the church to practice: Baptism in water by immersion, the Lord’s Supper, to be perpetuated until His return, and the Washing of the Saints’ feet, an ordinance teaching humility.
Resurrection – The Scriptures teach the resurrection of the bodies of all men and women, each in its own order; they who have done good will come forth to the resurrection of life; and they who have done evil go forth to damnation.
Church Government – FWBCs enjoy local church autonomy (self-governing). The local church is the highest authority in the denomination. Local churches voluntarily organize themselves into quarterly meetings, district, state, and national associations for the purpose of promoting the cause of Christ on the local, state, district, national, and world-wide level.
Missions – We believe that Jesus commanded the church to reach the entire world and to preach the Gospel to every person. <> For an in-depth study of Free Will Baptist beliefs and practices, go to nafwb.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/FWB–Treatise.pdf and download a copy of the Free Will Baptist Treatise.
“We encourage you to study God’s Word for yourself and let the Holy Spirit guide you to the truth. It’s important to never get involved in preacher worship. You should be able to trust your preacher, but it’s essential that you study the Bible for yourself and come to your own understanding in the Lord.”
REMEMBER, AT THE END, It’s All About God And His Holy Word!