PURPOSE

We believe our purpose can be accomplished when we
as a church are committed to these God-centered values:
 
I-Instructing In God’s Word (discipleship)
M-Mobilizing for Ministry (ministry
P-Praying with Faith
A-Adoring God (worship)
C-Caring for Others (fellowship)
T-Telling the Gospel (evangelism)
 
 

BELIEFS

In essential beliefs – we have UNITY
“There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…”  Eph. 4:4-6

In non-essential beliefs – we have LIBERTY
“As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions…Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand…So then each of us will give an account of himself to God…The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.”  Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22 (ESV)

In all our beliefs – we show CHARITY
“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”  1 Cor. 13:2  (ESV)

 

THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE

“The ultimate authority in all matters of faith and practice is the Bible alone, which truth is clearly set forth in item one of our Affirmation of Faith. The articles below are an excellent summary of “the things most surely believed among us” (Luke 1:1).”      
 
From Article III of the constitution and bylaws of Faith Bible Church of Livonia

 

1. The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

II Timothy 3:16 – II Peter 1:20-21 – Mark 13:31 – John 8:31-32 – John 20:31 – Acts 20:32

 

2. The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three person; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

Genesis 1:1,26 – John 1:1,3 – Matthew 28:19 – John 4:24 – Romans 1:19-20 – Ephesians 4:5-6

 

3 . God the Father

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

Luke 10:21-22 – Matthew 23:9 – John 3:16; 6:27 – Romans 1:7 – I Timothy 1:1-2; 2:5-6 – I Peter 1:3 – Revelation 1:6

 

4 . Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.

Matthew 1:18-25 – Luke 1:26-38 – John 1:1; 20:28 – Romans 9:5; 8:46 – II Corinthians 5:21 – I Peter 2:21-23 – John 20:30, 31 – Matthew 20:28 – Ephesians 1:4 – Acts 1:11 – Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10 – Hebrews 7:25 – Hebrews 9:28 – I Timothy 3:16

 

5 . The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27 – John 16:9-14 – Romans 8:9 – I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19 – Galatians 5:22-26

 

6 . Regeneration

We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.

Genesis. 1:26; 5:2 – Genesis 3:1-24 – Genesis 2:17; 3:19 – Eccl. 2:11 – John 3:14; 5:24 – John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26 – Romans 9:22 – II Thessalonians 1:9 – Rev. 19:3,20; 20:10;14,15; 21:18 – Psalm 51:7 – Jeremiah 17:9 – James 1:14 – Romans 3:19; 5:19 – Proverbs 28:13 – I John 1:9 – John 3:16 – John 1:13 – II Corinthians 5:17 – Romans 8:1

 

7 . The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.

Ephesians 2:19-22 – Acts 1:8 – Ephesians 5:19-21 – Acts 2:42 – Hebrews 10:23-25

8 . Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.

I Corinthians 10:31 – Romans 12:1-3 – Hebrews 12:1-2 – John 14:15,23-24 – I John 2:3-6 – II Corinthians 9:6-9 – I Corinthians 4:2 – Col. 1:9-10

 

9 . The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 28:18-20 – Romans 6:3-5 – I Corinthians 11:23-26

 

10 . Religious Liberty

We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.

I Timothy 2:5 – Romans 14:7-9,12

 

11 . Church Cooperation

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time.

Acts 15:36,41; 16:5 – I Corinthians 16:1 – Galatians 1:1-3 – Revelation 1:4,10-11

 

12 . The Last Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgement, the eternal felicity of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.

Matthew 16:27 – Mark 14:62 – John 14:3 – Acts 1:11 – Phil. 3:20 – I Thessalonians 4:15 – II Timothy 4:1 – Titus 2:13 – I Corinthians 4:5 – I Corinthians 15:1-58 – II Thessalonians 1:7-10 – Revelation 20:4-6,11-15
 

13 . The Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. God’s Word indicates how husbands and wives should relate to one another in the home.  Ephesians 5:21 states that Christians should “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Mutual submission means that Christian husbands and wives must respect and honor one another, acknowledge one another’s gifts, mobilize one another’s strengths and build one another up. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. and a wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to endeavor to bring up their children in the instruction and training of the Lord, and by teaching God’s Word and a consistent lifestyle example to seek their salvation and growth in grace and godly wisdom. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

Genesis 1:26-28 – Genesis 2:15-25 – Genesis 3:1-20 – Exodus 20:12 – Deuteronomy 6:4-9 – Joshua 24:15 – 1 Samuel 1:26-28 – Psalms Psalms 51:5 – Psalms 78:1-8 – Psalms 78:127-128 – Psalms 139:13-16 – Proverbs 1:8 – Proverbs 5:15-20 – Proverbs 6:20-22 – Proverbs 12:4 – Proverbs 13:24 – Proverbs 14:1 – Proverbs 17:6 – Proverbs 18:22 – Proverbs 22:6,15 – Proverbs 23:13-14 – Proverbs 24:3 – Proverbs 29:15,17 – Proverbs 31:10-31 – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – Ecclesiastes 9:9 – Malachi 2:14-16 – Matthew 5:31-32 – Matthew 18:2-5 – Matthew 19:3-9 – Mark 10:6-12 – Romans 1:18-32 – 1 Corinthians 7:1-16 – Ephesians 5:21-33 – Ephesians 6:1-4 – Colossians 3:18-21 – 1 Timothy 5:8,14 – 2 Timothy 1:3-5 – Titus 2:3-5 – Hebrews 13:4 – 1 Peter 3:1-7.