- The Bible is authority for life
- God guides through His Word, the Holy Spirit, prayer and worship
- Spiritual growth is a lifelong journey
- Home is the best place for discipleship
- Life happens best in community
- Every believer is gifted to serve Christ with excellence
- All believers use their influence in the world for Christ
Statement of Belief
At FCOC, we believe that the Bible is the only adequate guide for the faith and practice of Christians. We call people to learn and affirm the Scriptures in their entirety. We have no other creed. The following Statement of Belief is not a condition of membership. Rather, it represents a consensus of what our Elders and staff members believe the Scriptures teach on key doctrinal issues. It is designed to help you become better acquainted with the preaching and teaching emphases you are likely to encounter at FCOC.
The Scriptures (The Bible)
The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God, without error in the original writings, and the complete Divine standard for all Christian faith and life.
Psalm 119:9-16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17
God is the creator and sustainer of everything that exists. He is one God manifesting Himself in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These have the same nature, are co-equal and co-existent.
Genesis 1 & 2; John 14:15-21; Colossians 1:15-20
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He is truly God and truly Man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He was sinless, yet He gave His life for the sins of the world by dying on the cross in accordance with the Scriptures. He arose physically from the dead, ascended into Heaven, sits at the right hand of God, and is our great High Priest and Advocate. He alone can restore the relationship of mankind to God.
Isaiah 53; Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Hebrews 1:1-4
The Holy Spirit is fully God, the Third Person of the Trinity. He is the Spirit of God and Christ, filling, comforting, and guiding those who love and are obedient to Jesus Christ.
John 14:15-21; 1 John 2:1-6
Man is created in the image and likeness of God. The first man, Adam, rebelled against God, fell from a right relationship with Him, and in so doing, introduced sin and death into the world. All human beings share Adam's sinful, fallen nature.
Genesis 3:13-17; Romans 5:12-13; 1 Corinthians 15:22
God sent Jesus Christ to save mankind from his sins and restore his relationship with God. Jesus was sacrificed on the cross, died, and was resurrected, atoning* for the sins of all who believe in Him. Man can do nothing to earn his salvation. It is grace**--a free gift of God through faith.
*atoning (v) - making amends; reconciling
**grace (n) - Divine love and protection bestowed freely upon mankind
Romans 3:10-24; Ephesians 2:1-10
Water baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is a command of the Lord Jesus Christ given to His Church so that all who have turned from sin to Jesus Christ for salvation by grace through faith might identify with the Lord in His death, burial, and resurrection being united to Him. Water baptism is symbolic of our death to sin and resurrection to renewal of life, and union with the body of Christ.
Matthew 28:19; John 3:23; Acts 2:38, 8:38, 22:16; Romans 6:1-14; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12
The Church consists of all people who believe and obey Jesus Christ. It is the Body of Christ, the Temple of the Holy Spirit, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy people who have been regenerated in heart and mind. The purpose of the church is to glorify Jesus Christ through worship, Bible teaching, service, discipleship, and sharing Christ with others.
1 Corinthians 6:15-20; Ephesians 5:18-21; 1 Peter 2:1-6
Second Coming of Jesus Christ
The return of Jesus Christ is a "Blessed Hope" to be eagerly anticipated. It gives Christians the courage to pray without ceasing, to work with energy, to expose falsehood, and to strive for justice and peace. (Godly men and women hold a number of views concerning the return of Jesus Christ. These are matters of scriptural interpretation and should not be used as a test of faith or fellowship.)
1 Thessalonians 3:11-13, 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is practiced weekly, according to the example of the New Testament church. Physically, it consists of unleavened bread and grape juice. Corporately, it is open to all believers. The purpose of The Lord's Supper is three-fold: to remind the Church of the New Covenant,* to proclaim Christ's death until He comes, and to promote honest self-examination within the Church.
*New Covenant (n) - The contract between God and man that states that, because of God's forgiveness through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, man is able to retain a relationship with God in spite of man's sinful nature.
Acts 2:46; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Hebrews 8; Jeremiah 31
The Eternal State
God will judge all people, living and dead. Those who have died physically before the Day of Judgement will be raised to receive that judgment. Those who have trusted Christ spend eternity in Heaven. Those who have rejected Him spend eternity in Hell.
1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Hebrews 9:27-28; Revelation 21:6-8