Faith Outreach Center considers certain truths as being fundamental to an understanding of and a relationship to the one, true and living God.
1. The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent I Am, the Creator of the universe and the Redeemer of mankind (Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 43:10-11). God has further revealed Himself as a triune being manifested as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
2. The scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired Of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (II Timothy 3:15-17; I Thessalonians 2:13, II Peter 1:21).
3. The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and, as such, shares in the Divinity and Deity of God (Matthew 1:23; II John 3).
4. Original sin and the fall of man. Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26-27). The first man, Adam, through disobedience, fell from the grace of God and thus sin entered into the world and death by sin. Adam’s transgression incurred not only physical death for man, but also spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God (Genesis 2:17, 3:6-24). Man’s propensity to sin, because of his sinful nature, necessitates salvation from the power of sin and a savior to provide that salvation (Romans 7:13-25).
5. The salvation of man. Man’s only hope of redemption and salvation from the power of sin is through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Romans 5:13, 10:9; James 1:21; Ephesians 2:8).
6. Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11) and the Great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20). There is only one spiritual shepherd referred to in the New Testament and Jesus Christ is that One (John 10:16).
7. The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and the church of the firstborn, which was written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshiped by man and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the responsibility of the Church is:
A. To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15-16).
B. To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (I Corinthians 12:13).
C. To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-16; I Corinthians 12:28; 14:12).
8. The Ordinances of the Church:
Baptism in Water. The ordinance of baptism by immersion in water is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent of their sins and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. This is a declaration to the world that they identify with Christ in His death and have been raised with Him in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4).
The Lord’s Supper/Communion consisting of the elements; bread and the cup of the fruit of the vine, as the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (I Corinthians 11:26) and a prophecy of His second coming (I Corinthians 11:26) and is enjoined on all believers until He comes!
9. The baptism of the believers in the Holy Spirit is the enduing of power for life and service, the bestowing of the gifts or enablement’s of the Holy Spirit and their uses in the ministry of the body of Christ (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4,8; I Corinthians 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14, 15:7-9).
10 Divine healing was provided for in the Old Testament (Exodus 15:23-26; Psalms 103:1-3; Isaiah 53:4-5) and the Gospel (Matthew 8:16-17; Acts 5:16; James 5:14-16).
11. The second coming of Christ includes the catching away of the church (I Thessalonians 4:16-17), followed by the actual visible return of Christ with His saints (the Church) to reign with Him on earth for one thousand years (Matthew 24:27, 30; Revelations 1:7). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezekiel 39:28-29) and the establishment of universal peace (Isaiah 11:6-9; Psalms 72:3-8; Micah 4:3-4).
12. There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and will be judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelations 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8).
13. Fundamental Truths: Hebrews 6:1-6
1. Repentance from dead works.
2. Faith towards God.
3. Laying on of Hands.
4. Doctrine of Baptisms.
5. Resurrection from the Dead.
6. External judgment.
Finally, “We, according to His promise, look for a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
(II Peter 3:13; Revelations 21:1)
14. Human Sexuality.
1. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgenderism, bestiality, incest, fornication, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Genesis 2:24, 19:5, 13, 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4).
2. We believe that the term “marriage” has one legitimate meaning, and that is marriage sanctioned by God, which joins one man and one woman in a single, covenant union as in Scripture. Marriage ceremonies performed in any facility owned, leased or rented by this church will only be those ceremonies sanctioned by God, joining one man with one woman, as that gender was determined at birth. (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; I Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23).
15. Family Relationship.
We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ love the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Spiritual leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are a heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction.
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the physical or mental well-being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Psalms 51:5, 139:14-16: Isaiah 44-24, 49:1, 5: Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
We believe that the direct taking of an innocent human life is a moral evil, regardless of the intention. Life is a gift of God and must be respected from conception until natural death. Thus, we believe that an act or omission which, of it or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder contrary to the will of God. Discontinuing medical procedures that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate refusal of overzealous treatments (Exodus 20:13, 23:7; Matthew 5:21; Acts 17:28).
We believe that every Christian should tithe of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and to spread the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of his tithe or offering once the gift has been made (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; I Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; I Timothy 5:17-18; I John 3:17).