What we believe Our beliefs at Friendship Baptist Church

Can you say without any doubt that you will spend eternity in heaven when you die? It may seem impossible for anyone to answer that question, but consider this verse from the Bible: “These things have I written unto you . . . that ye may know that ye have eternal life. . . .” (I John 5:13).

The Good News of the Gospel

As Creator and Ruler of the whole universe, God deserves all of our love and obedience:

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created (Revelation 4:11).

Sadly, instead of loving and obeying God, each of us has turned to the wrong, sinful way.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6).

Instead of leading us to a better life, our sinful choices lead to physical and spiritual death.

For the wages of sin is death… (Romans 6:23).

But there is still hope! God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and endure the judgment that we deserve for our sins.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

Jesus Christ rose again after three days. God now commands all men everywhere to repent and turn from their sins to God. Those who continue to reject Him still face certain judgment and death.

…but now [God] commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead (Acts 17:30b-31).

God promises that if you will turn from the wrong, sinful way and believe that Jesus Christ died to forgive you, you will be saved.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13).

If you would like to know Christ as your Savior, we invite you to read more from our Pastor on how to have your sins forgiven, and to watch or download the following resources, which will guide your understanding of God and will show you how you can personally receive the free gift of salvation. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.

Doctrinal Beliefs

We carefully emphasize faithfulness to Scripture in our thinking about God, Jesus, the Bible, and humanity; and we strive to be unified in adhering to these crucial doctrines across the ministry.

ABOUT THE BIBLE: Inspired, inerrant, and authoritative

God “breathed out” the very words of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, so that in the original writings they are inerrant and of supreme and final authority.

ABOUT GOD: Three persons in one

God is one, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST: Both true God and true Man

The second Person of the Trinity is the eternal Son of God. He had no beginning but became man by being conceived of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, died an atoning death, rose from the dead, and physically ascended into Heaven, where He maintains a bodily presence for us as High Priest and Advocate.

ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT: The One Who convicts, regenerates, and indwells

The third Person of the Trinity convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the Supernatural Agent in the new birth, baptizes all believers into the body of Christ, indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption. He gives spiritual gifts to all believers whereby they edify the body of Christ. The “sign gifts,” or miracles wrought to authenticate Christ’s apostles, have run their course, and therefore ceased with the completion of the New Testament canon.

ABOUT MAN: Created in God’s image, but fallen and condemned

God made man in His own image on the sixth day of creation. Then man sinned and incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death – separation from God. All humans are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by both birth and choice. They are therefore without excuse and under the just condemnation of God to eternal ruin.

ABOUT SALVATION: Purchased by Jesus’ blood, received by faith

The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. All who believe in Him are declared righteous on the ground of His shed blood. They are born again by the agency of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, and are thereby children of God and eternally saved.

ABOUT THE FUTURE: The literal return and eternal reign of Jesus

Believers share in the “blessed hope” – the personal, physical, pre-tribulational, and premillennial return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There will be a bodily resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. The just will enter into eternal joy. The unjust will experience everlasting conscious punishment in the lake of fire.

As a fundamental, independent, Baptist church, the following practices also influence how Friendship operates.

Fundamental: We believe in the great historic doctrines of the Christian faith, as found in God’s perfect Book, the Bible. We also believe that we should separate ourselves from worldliness and apostasy.

Independent: We do not take orders from any denominational hierarchy or convention. We have loose fellowship with other like-minded believers.

Baptist: The following acrostic concisely summarizes the important Baptist distinctives:

  • Biblical Authority: We believe the Bible is the only authority for faith and practice – 2 Timothy 3:16; Mark 7:9; Isaiah 8:20
  • Autonomy of the local church: We believe the local church, with God’s help, is capable of and responsible for handling its own affairs – Acts 13:1-4; Philippians 4:15; 1 Thessalonians 1:8
  • Priesthood of all believers: We believe every believer is an individual priest before God – 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:5,6
  • Two ordinances: We believe that the local church observes the two ordinances of Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper – Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 2:41; 1 Corinthians 11:24,25
  • Individual soul liberty: We believe that all individuals have the liberty to choose what they believe is right in the religious realm – John 18:36; Acts 5:29
  • Saved church membership: We believe church membership is for believers only – Acts 2:47; 5:13; 8:36,37
  • Two offices: We believe that church leadership is designated by two offices: pastor and deacon – 1 Timothy 3:1,8; Titus 1:5
  • Separation of church and state: We believe the church and the government, though both are ordained by God, are separate institutions – Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 28:19-20; Matthew 22:15-22; Acts 15:17-29

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About Friendship Baptist Church

Our purpose is to make much of our Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel through the preaching of His Word and the making of disciples. At Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) we teach the Bible in order to facilitate spiritual growth in all of God’s people and to provide opportunities for Christian fellowship. God has graciously used Friendship to further His work both locally and across the globe since 1965.