What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Core Beliefs

At The Fervent Church we are rooted in Scripture. We believe God's Word is the highest authority of our lives and from God's Word stems our beliefs and values.

The Bible

WE BELIEVE that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (The Bible) are the Word of God, fully inspired without error and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which the church operates and is the basis for which the church is governed. We believe that the Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:3-4,21).

One Triune God (The Trinity)

WE BELIEVE that there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons; The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory. We believe that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8, 48:16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3).

God The Father

WE BELIEVE in the person of God the Father, an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, sovereign wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; 102:27; John 3:16, 4:24; I Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3).

God The Son

WE BELIEVE in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit is both fully God and fully man. We believe in His virgin birth; incarnation; sinless life; miracles and teachings; His substitutionary, atoning death upon the cross; His physical, bodily resurrection; His ascension into Heaven, His perpetual intercession for His people and His personal, visible return to Earth (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 8:58, 11:25; I Corinthians 15:3-4; I Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; I John 1:2; Revelation 1:8).

God The Holy Spirit

WE BELIEVE in the person of the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Jesus Christ (John 16:8-11; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:26, 15:13, 15:16; II Corinthians 3:18; Hebrews 9:14).
WE BELIEVE the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide (John 16:13, 14:16-17, 16:8-11; Romans 8:26).
WE BELIEVE in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit in regard to the exercise of all biblical gifts according to the instructions and guidelines given to us in God's Word. The Bible’s list of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations at various times as seen fit by the grace of God. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. We believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters (I Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4; I Peter 4:10).

Sin

WE BELIEVE that mankind is created in the image and likeness of God; that mankind fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice, falling short of God’s standard and breaking His commandments - and therefore are under God’s righteous judgment. Yet, God saves and gives new life to all who come to Him in repentance and faith, trusting in the person and atoning work of Jesus Christ. At the cross, Jesus Christ died in our place as our substitute, absorbing God’s wrath that should have come upon us. Because Jesus died for the sins of the world, the invitation to believe is open to all, and whoever desires may come unto Jesus for new life and the forgiveness of sins (Genesis 1:27; Matthew 11:28; John 3:16; Acts 3:19, 20:21; I Corinthians 15:20-23; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 8-9; I John 2:2; Revelation 22:17).

Salvation

WE BELIEVE we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts and that there is no salvation apart from personal repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. We believe that repentance of sins, as
well as faith in Jesus Christ, are both necessary requirements for salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:3; Hebrews 9:22).

Sanctification

WE BELIEVE sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; II Thessalonians 2:1-3; Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; Hebrews 2:11).

The Church

WE BELIEVE the church is the Body of Christ with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ great commission to evangelize the lost world. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture (Matthew 16:15-19, 18:15-20; John 17:11, 20-23; Acts 2:41-42, 47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23, 27: 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; I Corinthians 1:2, 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11, 21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; I Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 12:23; I Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3).

Ordinances

WE BELIEVE in two Church ordinances:
1) Baptism, by immersion, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4)
2) Communion, done in remembrance of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ, both ordinances reserved for Believers (John 6:48, 51. 53-57; Luke 22:19, 20; II Peter 1:4; I Corinthians 11:25).

Marriage

WE BELIEVE that God created mankind and He created them male and female. As such, He created them different so as to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. Therefore, we perform marriages in accordance with the Bible, consistent with the Old and New Testament (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; John 4:16-18; Romans 1:18-32; I Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-11, 6:18-20, 7:1-3, 7:8-9; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-7; I Timothy 1:9-11).

Ministry

WE BELIEVE divinely called and spiritually ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two-fold purpose: (1) The evangelization of the world, and (2) The edification of the Body of Christ (Mark 16:15, 20: Ephesians 4:11-13).

Heaven and Hell

WE BELIEVE in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell, and that all those who repent and believe in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord. Those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord in Hell (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9, 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; I Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11, 20:11-15).

Christ's Second Coming

WE BELIEVE in the literal, visible return of Jesus Christ to establish His Kingdom on earth, in the resurrection of the Believers to eternal life, and unbelievers to eternal punishment (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15).

New Heaven and New Earth

WE BELIEVE that heaven and earth will pass away and they will be replaced by the new heavens and the new earth. This new creation will be the eternal dwelling place of all believers in Jesus Christ and will be completely free from sin, evil, sickness, shame, suffering, and death. Everything will be restored as God originally intended it to be in the Garden. A major feature of the new earth will be the “New Jerusalem”. This glorious city represents the final state of redeemed mankind forever in fellowship with God (Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; II Peter 3:13; Mark 13:31; Revelation 21-22).

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