Our Beliefs

GOD

We believe in the Lord God Almighty, the ever existent, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These Three are distinct yet one in essence and being. God The Father is supreme, exalted above all and ruling over all things forever.

Dt 6:4, Ps 2:5-11, 45:6, Isa 7:14, Mt 17:1-6, 28:19, Mk 1:9-11, Lk 1:26-38, Jn 1:1-4,16-18, 4:24, 10:37-38, 14:16-17, 26, 16:13-14, 17: 1-26, Ac 7:55-56, Rom 1:19-20, 5:6-8, 8:14-17, 26-27, 1 Cor 8:5-6, 15:22-28, Col 1:11-20, 1 Tim 3:16, Heb 7:25, 1 Pet 2:22-23, 1 Jn 4:11-15, Rev 22:12-17


JESUS

We believe that Jesus is the ever-existent Creator and Sustainer of all things. Though He is God, He humbled Himself and came to earth as a man to accomplish the Father’s will by redeeming men and women from the penalty of sin. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, proclaimed the only way of salvation, died for our sins on the cross, was bodily resurrected from the dead on the third day, and was taken up into heaven from whence He shall return in glory to claim His Church at the Father’s decree.

Isa 9:6-7; 53, Mt 1:18-25, Jn 1:10-14, Ac 1:11, 1 Cor 15:3-8, 2 Cor 5:19-21, 8:9, Gal 4:4-5, Eph 1:18-23, 4:7- 10, Phil 2:5-11, Col 1:13-22, 2:9, 1 Ths 4:14-18, 1 Tim 2:5-6, 3:16, Titus 2:11-14, Heb 1:1-3, 4:14-15, 7:14-28, 9:11 -15, 24-28, 12:1-3, 13:8, 1 Pet 2:21-25, 3:18-22, 1 Jn 1:7-9, 3:2, 4:9-10, 5:9, Rev 1:12-19, 5:8-14, 12:10-11, 19:11-16


THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is our ever-present Comforter, Teacher, Guide and Strength. He assures us of our salvation, reveals God’s truths and purpose for our lives, intercedes for us, and empowers us that we may fulfill the Father’s purpose for each of our lives.

Gen 1:2, Jdg 14:6, Ps 51:11, 139:7, Isa 61:1-3, Joel 2:28-32, Mt 1:18, 3:16, 4:1, 12:28-32, 28:19, Mk 1:10, 12, Lk 1:35, 2:25-32, 4:1, 18-19, 11:13, 12:12, Jn 4:24, 14:16-17, 26, 15:26, 16:7-14, Ac 1:8, 2:1-4, 38, 4:31, 5:3, 6:3, 7:55, 8:14-17, 39, 10:44, 13:1-2, 15:28, 16:6, 19:1-6, Rom 8:9-11, 14-17, 26-27, 1 Cor 2:10-14, 3:16, 12:3 -11, 13, Gal 4:6, Eph 1:13-14, 4:30, 5:18, 1 Ths 5:19, 1 Tim 3:16, 4:1, 2 Tim 1:14, Heb 9:8, 14,2 Pet 1:21, 1 Jn 4:13, 5:6, Rev 1:10, 22:17


THE WORD OF GOD

We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible are God’s complete, perfect, inerrant, and infallible revelation to all of humanity, divinely preserved and given to us by Him that we may both know Him and how to please Him. The Bible is absolute truth and is therefore our final authority in all matters of life and godliness. We acknowledge that God expects every Christian to diligently hear, read, study, memorize, and meditate on His Word that we may live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him.

Josh 1:8, Ps 1:1-3, 19:7-11, Isa 40:8, Jer 15:16, Mt 5:17-18, Mk 13:31, Jn 5:39, 8:31-32, 14:15, 21, 17:14, 17, 20:30-31, Ac 17:11, 20:32, Rom 15:4, 1 Cor 10:11, 2 Tim 3:15-17, 1 Pet 1:25, 2 Pet 1:19-21


MAN, SIN, AND SALVATION

 

God created man as the crown of creation, perfect and sinless, male and female. He placed them in the Garden of Eden to tend and rule over all creation. Man rebelled and sinned against God by believing the lie of Satan and disobeying God’s commandment. All men and women are thus born in sin and separated from God, totally and completely incapable of knowing and pleasing Him apart from the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is only by a conscious, deliberate decision to accept Jesus Christ as the substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and by seeking the forgiveness of God by turning away from our sins that we may know and please Him.

Gen 1:26, 3:1-24, Ex 6:2-8, Ps 51:7, 66:18, Pro 28:13, Eccl 2:11, Isa 64:8, Jer 17:9, Eze 18, Mt 1:21, 4:17, 16:21-26, 27:22-31, Lk 1:68-69, Jn 1:11-14, 29, 3:3-21, 36, 5:24, 10:9, 26-29, Ac 2:21, 4:12, 16:30-31, Rom 1:16-19, 2:4, 3:19-25, 5:8-10, 19, 6:1-23, 8:1-18,29-39, 9:22, 10:8-13, 1 Cor 1:18, 30, 2 Cor 5:17-20, Gal 2:20, 3:13-14, Eph 1:7, 2:8-18, Col 1:9-14, 18-22, 2 Tim 1:12, Tit 2:11-14, Heb 2:1-3, 5:8-9, 9:24-28, Jam 1:14-16, 1 Pet 1:2-5, 10-12, 17- 19, 1 Jn 1:6-10, Rev 3:20, 19:20, 20:10-15, 21:1-2, 25-27


BAPTISM

Baptism in water by immersion is a direct commandment of Jesus and is for believers only. Baptism is an ordinance symbolic of the Christian’s identification with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.


THE OBEDIENT CHRISTIAN LIFE

God is the source of our life and blessings and He demands we exercise faithful stewardship over all He has given us. We bring glory to Him and mature in our faith by practicing the disciplines revealed in His Word.

THE CHRISTIAN DISCIPLINES

Christian disciplines are the lifelong, continual habits that identify us as disciples. There is no other way to please God and to know His joy than through the disciplines of prayer, Bible study, witnessing, and fellowship with Christian brothers and sisters in worship and study.

LISTENING TO AND OBEYING THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit communicates to us as we pray, through meditating on the Word, through circumstances in our daily lives, and through other people.

SERVICE

God made each and every Christian to fulfill an individual, particular, unique ministry. We bring glory to Him by accomplishing that purpose.

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

We are responsible to God for everything we have. We should contribute cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally of all that He has given us for the advancement of the His kingdom on earth.

1 Sam 12:23, Josh 1:8, Ezra 7:10, Ps 1:1-3, 19:7-11, 14, 40:8, 119:9-11, 105, 122:1, Pro 3:5-6, 4;20-23, Isa 26:9, 40:28-31, Eze 3:17-21, Mal 3:8-10, Mt 6:6-7, 24, 14:23, 16:26, 22:21, Lk 6:38, 17:7-10, Ac 4:19-20, 17:11, Rom 6:1-2, 10:17, 12:1-3, 13:1-7, 14:7-9, 12, 1 Cor 4:2, 9:24-27, 10:11-13, 31, 2 Cor 4:3-5, 5:20-21, 9:6-9, Gal 5:1, 13, Phil 2:5-15, 4:4-7, Col 1:9-10, 1 Ths 5:17-18, 1 Tim 2:1-2, 15, 4:1-5, Heb 12:1-3, Jam 1:5, 4:7-8, 12, 5:16, 1 Pet 1:13-19, 2:9-17, 3:8-17, 4:12-19, 1 Jn 2:3-6


THE CHURCH

The New Testament Church is created by God to be the Body and Beloved Bride of Jesus Christ our Lord. Its purpose is to worship God and bring glory to Him.

MEMBERSHIP

The Church’s members are all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, have repented of their sins, and been baptized by immersion following the example or our Lord.

ORDINANCES

God gave the two ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to demonstrate the Lordship of Christ over the Church. Baptism identifies us with Him and His Body, the church, and the Lord’s Supper reminds us of His victory over sin through His death on the cross and resurrection on our behalf.

GOVERNANCE

Scripture states our teacher-leaders are our pastors and elders and our servant-leaders are our deacons.


Gen 12:3; 18:17-19, Dt 4:1, 5, 9, 14, 6:1-10, Neh 4; 8:1-8, Pro 27:17, Ecc 4:9-12, 5:1-5, 7:19, Isa 6:1-8, Jer 23:5-6, Eze 3:17-21, Mt 3:13-17, 4:23, 7:24ff, 9:37-38, 10:5-15, 12:25-28, 13:1-52, 16:15-19, 18:15-17, 24:14, 25:31-40, 26:26-30, 28:18-20, Mk 1:9-11, 14:22-26, Lk 3:21-22, 4:43, 8:1, 9:2-6, 10:1-18, 22:19-20, Jn 3:3, 23, 4:1-42, 13:34 -35, 14:11-15, 23-24, Ac 1:6-8, 13-14, 2:1-42, 47, 4:31-37, 5:11-14, 6:3-6, 10:42-48, 13:1-3, 14:23, 15, 16:5, 30- 34, 20:7, 28, Rom 6:3-7; 10:14-17; 13:11-14, 1 Cor 1:10-31, 3:10-23, 4:2, 5:1-5, 9:13-14, 10:16, 21, 11:23-26, 12, 16:1-2, 2 Cor 8-9, Eph 2:8-10, 19-22, 4:11-16, Phil 4:8, Col 1:9-10, 13,18, 2:3, 8-9, 12, 1 Ths 1:8, 1 Tim 1:3-7, 3:1- 15, 4:14, 2 Tim 4:1-5, Heb 2:1-3, 5:12-6:3, 10:23-25, 12:1-4, 28, 13:15, Jam 1:5, 22, 3:17, 1 Pet 2:4-17, 3:18-22, 4:13, 5:1-4, 1 Jn 2:3-6, 3:16-18, 4:7-8, 11, 20-21

MISSIONS AND COOPERATION

God directed that we take the Gospel to all the world. Missions—local, regional, national, and global—are thus a defining focus of FBCW. We have chosen to identify and work with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Northstar Church Network (local Baptist association), the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia to accomplish this objective.


MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITY

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is the marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive lifetime union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:23-24; Matthew 19:4-6). Marriage provides for intimate companionship, pure sexual expression (Genesis 2:25; Ephesians 5:31-33), procreation, and reflects the relationship of Christ and the church (Genesis 1:28; Proverbs 5:15-19; 1 Corinthians 7:1-5).

We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual intimacy be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.

We believe any attempt to change one’s sex by surgery or appearance, or disagreement with one’s biological sex is sinful and offensive to God (Genesis 2:24, Genesis 19:5, 13, Genesis 26:8-9, Leviticus 18:1-30, Romans 1:26-29, 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Hebrews 13:4).

Such sinful patterns, if not repented, will be a barrier to membership, employment, and leadership in this body of believers. As such, we believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of this church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by this church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, abide by and agree to this statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly


REDEMPTION

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are in accord with neither Scripture nor the doctrine of this Church.


LAST THINGS

God will bring the world to an end as revealed in His Word at His set time. Jesus Christ will fulfill His promise and return personally and visibly to the earth in glory. At that time, the dead will be raised, and He will judge all men in righteousness. Each person will receive their reward according to Scripture. The righteous will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord in resurrected and glorified bodies based solely on their faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment, for refusing the provision of God for their sins.

Isa 2:4, Mt 16:27, 19:28, 24:27, 30, 36, 44, 25:31-46, Mk 8:38, Lk 16:19-26, 17:22-37, 21:20-36, Jn 14:1-3, Ac 17:31, Rom 14:10, 1 Cor 4:5, 15:23-28, 2 Cor 5:10, 1 Ths 4:14-18, 5:10, 2 Ths 1:7-2:17, 2 Tim 4:8, Tit 2:13, Jam 5:8, 2 Pet 3:7-18, 1 Jn 2:28, 3:2, Rev 1:18, 3:11, 20:1-22:13