Section 1: The Bible
We believe that the words of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and without error in the original manuscripts. The exact meaning of the Bible is essentially unchanged in any important respect in the widely-accepted English translations. The Bible is authoritative and without error in any category of knowledge, including science and history, and is of supreme and final authority in all matters of which it speaks. We believe the Bible is to be interpreted in a normal and literal way and that it is understood as the believer is guided by the Spirit of God.
- John 10:35; Matthew 5:18; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21; I Corinthians 2:13; I Timothy 5:18; I Corinthians 2:14-16; John 16:12-15).
Section 2: The Godhead
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three parts—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—who have the same nature and attributes but have distinct personalities, offices, and activities.
- Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14.
Section 3: The Person and Work of God the Father
We believe God the Father is the Father of all creation, the nation of Israel, the Lord Jesus Christ, and all believers in Christ. In His nature He is, among other things, completely holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent, eternal, just, and loving. He is the author of the decree which is His eternal purpose according to the counsel of His own will, whereby, for His own glory, He has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass. As such, He is the author of election, which involves God’s choosing a people for Himself. He was the begetter and sender of His only Son, Jesus Christ. As the Father of the elect, He is also their provider and disciplinarian.
- Acts 17:29; Exodus 4:22; Matthew 3:17; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:3; Matthew 6:25-34; Ephesians 2:4-7; Hebrews 12:3-15; John 3:16.
Section 4: The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God to man and redeem sinful man. We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the Cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption and salvation are guaranteed by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
- John 1:1, 14, 18; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-26, 4:25.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in Heaven, exalted to the right hand of God, where, as High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy for His people.
- Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; 7:23-25; I John 2:1-2.
Section 5: The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is that person of the Trinity who restrains evil in the world and convicts men of sin. He also regenerates those who receive Christ as Savior, baptizes them at the moment of salvation into the Church (the Body of Christ), indwells them permanently, seals them until the day of redemption, bestows on them spiritual gifts, and empowers those yielded to Him. It is the Spirit’s ministry to lead, instruct, and fill (or control) believers as they are yielded to Him and are steadfast in the study of scripture and in prayer. We believe that some special gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as the ability to speak in tongues and healing, were temporary. We believe that neither the gift of speaking in tongues nor the gift of healing was ever the common or necessary signs of the baptism of the Spirit or of the filling of the Spirit.
- John 16:7-11, 3:8, 14:16-17; I Corinthians 12:4-11, 13; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18.
Section 6: Angels, Fallen and Unfallen
We believe that angels are spiritual beings who were created in a sinless state and that they occupied different orders and ranks. They presently exist in both fallen and unfallen states; the former includes Satan and his angels.
- Hebrews 1:13-14; II Peter 2:4; Revelation 7:12.
We believe that Satan, by his own choice, became the enemy of God and of the people of God, and is the originator of sin. We believe he led our first parents into sin and now rules as the god of this world. Satan was judged at the cross and ultimately he will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity (Isaiah 14:12-14; Genesis 3:1-19; Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 20:10).
Section 7: Creation and the Fall
We believe that all things in Heaven and on earth were created by God and exist by His power and for His glory.
- Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16-17.
We believe that man was created innocent and in the image and likeness of God, but that he sinned, bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and to his posterity. We believe that man has inherited a sinful nature, is alienated from God, is incapable of redeeming himself, and is in need of salvation.
- Genesis 1:27, 2:17, 3:19; Romans 3:10-12, 5:12, 17-19.
Section 8: Salvation
We believe that salvation is a gift of God and is received by man only through personal faith in Christ Jesus. We believe that man is justified by grace through faith, apart from works.
- Acts 13:38-39; Romans 6:23; John 10:27-30.
We believe that all true believers, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever.
- Romans 8:1, 38, 39; John 10:27-30.
Section 9: Sanctification
We believe that sanctification, which is a setting apart unto God, is positional, progressive, and ultimate:
1. Positionally, it is already complete, since the believer is in Christ and is set apart unto God as Christ is set apart unto God.
2. Since the believer retains his sinful nature, however, there is need for progressive sanctification whereby the Christian grows in grace by the power of the Spirit.
3. The child of God will be sanctified, ultimately, when he is taken to be with Christ and becomes like Him.
- John 17:17; II Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:25-27; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 10:10; I John 3:2-3.
Section 10: The Church
We believe that the universal church, the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism, made up of all born-again persons of this present age. We believe the church began at Pentecost and that a believer is placed into the church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit. We believe the church is distinct from Israel.
- Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-13, 10:32.
We believe that the local church is an assembly of professed believers in Jesus Christ who are voluntarily joined together in one locality for the purposes of worshiping, studying the Word of God, observing ordinances, praying and singing, fellowshipping with Christians, and being equipped for Christian service.
- Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:11-13, 5:19.
Section 11: The Ordinance of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christ instituted the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which are to be observed by believers until He comes.
- Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26.
We believe that by water baptism a believer is publicly identified with his Savior; also, we believe that immersion is the preferred mode of baptism and should be followed when practicable.
- Acts 8:36-38.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ’s death, the elements being symbols of His body and blood. We feel every Christian has a right to partake of the elements of the Lord’s Supper, but the participation should always be preceded by solemn self-examination. Each parent has the responsibility to determine the qualifications of his/her own children to participate. The Lord’s Supper shall be observed as often as the fellowship is led.
- I Corinthians 11:23-24.
Section 12: The events of the End Times
A. The Blessed Hope: We believe in the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air to receive to Himself all those, dead or alive, who belong to Him. This event, commonly called “The Rapture of the Church,” is the blessed hope implied in the Scriptures for which we should be constantly looking.
- John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:51-52; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14.
B. The Tribulation: For the seven years following the translation of the church, the earth will undergo a time of judgment known as “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble” or “The Tribulation."
- Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:14-22.
C. The Second Advent: The culmination of the Tribulation period will be the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth, bodily, to establish the Millennial Age, during which Christ will reign, Satan will be bound, Israel will be restored, and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord.
- Isaiah 11:9; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Matthew 24:15-25, 46; II Timothy 3:1-5; Revelation 20:1-3.
D. The Eternal State: We believe that the spirits of believers in Jesus Christ in this age do, at death, immediately pass into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming for the Church. At that time the spirit and body shall be reunited and shall be associated with Him forever in glory. We believe that the spirits of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious torment in Hades until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the Millennium. At that time the spirit and body shall be reunited and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be destroyed, but to be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord.
- Luke 16:19-26, 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15.
Section 13: Immorality
As members of The Family Place Church and of the Body of Christ, we believe that marriage between a natural-born man and a natural-born woman is the only proper channel for sexual behavior.
- Genesis 2:22-25; I Corinthians 7:1-8; Ephesians 5:22-23.
In the light of these scriptures and others, we then resolve to recognize marriage as only between a man and a woman. We believe that homosexuality is a sinful lifestyle and is an act of rebellion against God.
- Genesis 19:1-11; Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:22-27; I Corinthians 6:9; I Timothy 1:9-10; Jude 7.
Therefore, God does not recognize these marriages. As citizens of His kingdom, we do not as well. We believe that because this is a sinful lifestyle, a homosexual will not be allowed to become a member or teach in any capacity within our church. If a member becomes involved in this lifestyle, they will be disciplined according to God’s Word and be relieved of all duties.
We also believe that sexual immorality in the realm of adultery or other perversions are wrong as well.
- Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 5:18; I Corinthians 6:9-10.
Those who refuse to repent of these types of lifestyles will also not be allowed to become a member or teach in any capacity within our church. If a member becomes involved in these types of lifestyles, they will be disciplined according to God’s Word and be relieved of all duties.
We recognize there is room for forgiveness in any of the above sins and we are willing to receive into membership any who have repented of these sins and show forth fruits worthy of repentance.
- Luke 3:8.
This will only take place at the Elder’s discretion and after approval by the congregation.
Because we believe that marriage as defined by God’s word in Genesis 2:24 is between one natural born man and one natural born woman married to each other, the Elders and the people of The Family Place Church require that the only marriages allowed to take place on church property will be between a natural born man and a natural born woman to be married to each other.