THE STATEMENT OF FAITH OF FAITH BIBLE CHURCH OF MISSOULA VALLEY
I. We believe that the Holy Scriptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament, are the inspired word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all matters of doctrine and practice ( Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
II. We believe that there is but one living true God perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, existing in all eternity in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, but who are distinct in office and activity ( Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
III. We believe in God the Father as the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and as the Father of all who by faith receive the salvation provided through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ ( John 1:12; 10:29-30, Romans 8:14).
IV. We believe in the Son of God, who became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, who was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of Mary in her virginity, and is fully man as well as fully God. As such, he willingly died for our sins as a substitution sacrifice, was buried and rose the third day bodily from the dead, being seen of many witnesses; He has ascended to the Father to continue His intercessory work for believers and shall return bodily and visibly to receive to Himself all believers, both living and dead. He shall also bring tribulation judgments upon the earth, and thereafter shall return to earth to establish His millennial kingdom ( Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:30-35; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Philippians 2:5-6; Colossians 2:9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 4:2).
V. We believe in the divine person of the Holy Spirit: in his work of convicting the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment; In His indwelling every believer, enabling him to gain victory over sin, to receive power for service and to make known to him the things of God ( John 14:17, 16:8-11; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 2:12).
VI. We believe God created man in the “image of God”; that man sinned and thereby became spiritually dead and subject to physical death; that all descendants of the original parents thus inherit a sinful nature and became sinners in thought, word and deed ( Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23, 5:12).
VII. We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by grace through faith as Savior and Lord are justified in the sight of the Holy God on the grounds of Christ’s shed blood and receive eternal salvation. Those who reject Him are judged to eternal condemnation. Both shall be raised bodily from the dead, the just to everlasting blessedness with the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb”, and the unjust to everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire with the devil and his angels ( John 3:16-18; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:10-15).
VIII. We believe that it is the privilege of the Christian to live a life filled by God’s Spirit, manifesting the fruit of the Spirit. This is a life of faith yielding to God and His will. This life includes confession, repentance, and obedience to the will of God through fellowship with Him in prayer and careful study of His Word ( Acts 26:30; Romans 1:5; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:18-21; 1 John 1:9).
IX. We believe that all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ comprise the true and universal Christian church, and that Jesus Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. Members of the universal church should associate with a local Christian church and submit to the leadership of that church. The local church is to glorify God by building itself up by faith, by instruction in the Word, by fellowship, by keeping ordinances, and by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ ( Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:13-16; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 John 1:9).
X. We believe that there are two ordinances for the church; the Lord’s Supper and water baptism. Without merit in themselves. They provide an expression of faith regarding the beliver’s identification and fellowship with Christ ( Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).