Here, in simple terms, is what we believe. We believe these statements are in accord with the truths of the Bible. As a fellowship we are part of a network of churches who hold to these statements. For more information about the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) and the values we hold, see the FIEC web site.
There is but one true God, living eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The Old and New Testament Scriptures together represent the complete written Word of God. Though penned by men, they are uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit and so are free from error. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.
The human race
Human beings were created by God in His image to love and serve Him, and to care for His creation. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted; all are guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore rightly deserving of His wrath and judgement.
Jesus Christ is fully divine. Though existing eternally, the Son of the Father, He willingly became incarnate, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and was born of the virgin Mary, both fully God and fully human.
Christ was without sin. He alone made an atoning sacrifice for sinners when He was put to death on the cross. He died in the place of sinners, receiving the punishment that sinners deserve. Through His death and resurrection He has irrevocably secured eternal life for any and all who place their faith in Him, repenting of their sin, and submitting to His Lordship, so reconciling them fully to God. Christ rose again to life, literally and bodily. He ascended to the Father, where today He reigns and mediates on our behalf.
At a time known only to the Father, Christ will return again visibly and in person. All humankind, both living and dead, will face His judgement. He will establish a new heaven and a new earth, bringing eternal life to the redeemed, but eternal condemnation to the lost.
Salvation is made available solely by the grace of God; it cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished solely by Jesus Christ. All who believe in Christ are saved by grace alone through faith alone, in Christ alone.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit convicts sinners and calls them to repentance. He gives faith and new life. He gives gifts and ministries to His people that they might proclaim the gospel of Christ to others; love, support and build one another up under the authority of Scripture; and bring glory to the Father and the Son through lives given in worship and service to God.
The universal church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, congregations of believers, who are committed to each other for the worship of God and the preaching of the Word.