WHAT WE BELIEVE
Marriage and Human Sexuality
The Fort Bend Church wholly believes and affirms the biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that the Bible defines “marriage” as one man, one woman for life (Mark 10:6-9).
We further believe that intimate sexual activity is a sacred gift of God and intended to be celebrated only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4).
Statement of Faith
We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God and as the only basis for our beliefs. Although it is not binding, TFBC accepts ‘The Baptist Faith and Message,” a 1963 affirmation of fundamental Christian beliefs, as a general statement of faith. We band ourselves together as a body of Baptized Believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The Ordinances of TFBC are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Section 1. Essentials We Believe
A. About the Bible: The Bible is God’s Word to Man.
The Bible is God’s inerrant Word to us, infallible as originally given by God through human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, and is absolutely true and trustworthy. It is our only standard of faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; II Peter I:20-21; Matthew 5:18; Psalm 119).
B. About God: There is one true and living God.
God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He is infinite, eternal, unchangeable, and, is revealed to us as the Godhead existent in three co-equal, co-eternal, and cosubstantial persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians I :3-6,13–14; Matthew 28:19; Genesis I :1,26,27; Genesis 3:22; Philippians 2:5-6; John I:1,3,14,18;
1. The Father- The first person of the Trinity who orders and disposes of all things according to His own purpose and grace, and who continually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and events for His own glory. Fatherhood denotes spiritual relationship; first, within the Trinity; second, within mankind, creatively in relation to all men, but spiritually only in relation to those who have been saved by His Grace from their sin and come to Him through Jesus Christ. (James I: 17).
2. The Son-Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross, rose from the dead to provide justification for every believer, ascended to the right hand of God where He presently intercedes for all believers, and will again, in the fullness of the Father’s time, return invisible, triumphant, personal form to overthrow sin, judge the world, andestablish His Kingdom on earth (John I:4).
3. The Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is sent from God to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, cleanse, and secure from sin. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance indoing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. (John 14:12-26;17;16:8, I3).
C. About Man, Sin, and Satan – Man’s condition is one of sin and separation from God.
Man was created in innocence directly and immediately by God, in His spiritual image, for the purpose of fellowship with God and glory for God. Man was tempted by Satan and sinned, and because of this, all men have been born in sin since that time. Every person has a tremendous potential for good, but all are marred by nature of rebellion and disobedience toward God which the Bible calls sin. Sin separates us from God, others, and all good things, ultimately and eternally in hell. All persons need to be saved from sin.
D. About Salvation – God has acted in Jesus Christ to deliver us from sin.
Jesus Christ is the only Savior from sin. He provided forgiveness and atonement for our sins by shedding His blood on the cross and rose again to provide life and justification.Apart from Christ, there is no salvation. All men are under condemnation through personal sin, and deliverance from condemnation comes only by the righteousness of Christ and not human merit. This righteousness is credited to the believer by grace through faith. The Holy Spirit regenerates or gives new life to one who commits his life to Jesus, and is kept by God’s power forever, never to be lost.
E. About TFBC – Jesus established the Church to continue His mission and ministry on earth.
A New Testament Church is a voluntary association of baptized believers in Christ who have covenanted together to follow the teachings of the New Testament in doctrine, worship, and practice. We believe that TFBC is a self-governed organization served by the Pastor and members thereof.
F. About Last Things – Jesus Christ will return and God’s plan for eternity will be carried out.
We believe in the imminent and bodily return of Jesus Christ on earth. The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all men according to their works. Unbelievers will be cast into eternal punishment and outer darkness prepared for the devil and his angels who preceded them, and the saved will enter into the eternal state of glory with God and will, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, spend eternity.
G. Death and Resurrection – Everyone will face judgment before God: some to eternal
life, others to eternal condemnation.
Death involves no loss consciousness, but the soul of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ, and there is separation of soul and body until the first resurrection when the spirit, soul and resurrected body will be united in glorified form in heaven forever. All men will be bodily resurrected, the saved to everlasting life, but the lost to eternal condemnation.