Doctrinal Statement

What We Believe

FCCCP is affiliated with the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ that arose from the Restoration Movement. This Movement arose in the early 19th century on the American frontier under the leadership of such men as Thomas Campbell, Alexander Campbell, Barton Stone, and Walter Scott. Churches within this heritage seek to unite Christians on the basis of the restoration of Biblical authority and the essential beliefs of New Testament Christianity.

The essence of our beliefs is in the saying, “no creed but Christ.” Therefore, the statements that follow do not formulate a creed, and are not exhaustive, but rather are the non-negotiable core beliefs of our church.

Bible. We affirm that the Bible itself, as the inspired and inerrant word of God, speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, and is the sole and final source of all we believe. (2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21)

God. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the source of all creation (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-2) and He sustains the universe (Colossians 1:17). God the Father loves the world (John 3:16), desires that all mankind be saved (2 Peter 3:9), and desires that all Christians have fellowship with Him as His children (1 John 1:3).

Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God in human form, born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a perfect and sinless life, and voluntarily died by crucifixion to take away the sins of the world. He rose bodily on the third day and ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of God.

Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is given as a gift to Christians to empower them to grow in holiness and to equip them to serve.

Humans. Human beings, both male and female, were created by God in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Therefore, all humans have dignity and worth, and deserve to be treated with respect and care from conception to death.

Human Sexuality. God created humans as male and female, each in His image, to complement and fulfill each other. Marriage was designed by God to be the joining of one man and one woman (Genesis 1 and 2; Mark 10:6-9). Marriage is the exclusive relationship designed by God for the expression of sexual intimacy.

Sin. Sin is the failure to follow God’s commands and desires for human beings. All have sinned (Romans 6:23) and are therefore deserving of God’s punishment and in need of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Salvation. Sinful human beings can be saved through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. His act is the atoning sacrifice necessary to enable humans to avoid punishment for sin. Salvation is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:10) and may be received by those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God, repent of their sins, are willing to confess Christ as Lord, and are baptized by immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ. It is in the act of immersion that one’s sins are forgiven and the Holy Spirit is given as a gift (Acts 2:38).

Church. The Church is the body of Christ on earth (1 Corinthians 12:27) whose primary task is to fulfill Christ’s Great Commandment (Mark 12:30-31) and Christ’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

Return of Christ. At some time in the future Christ will physically return to earth to receive His kingdom to himself. He will act as the Judge of all mankind (Acts 17:31), and assign the saved to eternity in Heaven and the lost to eternity in Hell.