WHAT WE BELIEVE

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

Essential Beliefs

Christians, throughout the ages, have held a wide variety of beliefs, and have often differed in their personal theology. FCOG strives to center our beliefs on Jesus Christ and His teachings.
We will focus our teaching on the non-debatable principles of Scripture while leaving freedom for personal convictions related to non-essential doctrinal issues. Our highest desire is to live in light of biblical principle while remaining united in our commonality in Christ. With that said, here are our beliefs regarding
 essential issues of faith and practice...


ABOUT THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the final authority on all matters of faith.
(2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12-13; Romans 15:4)


ABOUT GOD

We believe in one God who created all things and who exists in three persons (Trinity): Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28: Matthew 3:16-17; John 14:9-10)


ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son and was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, was resurrected from death, and ascended to heaven where he sits at the Father’s right hand. We believe that Jesus will come again to claim his bride, the Church. (John 3:16; Matthew 1:18; Romans 5:6-11; John 20:24-31)


ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit dwells within all believers, empowering our lives with his presence and power to live a godly life and accomplish God’s will.
(John 16:5-15; Romans 8:10-11; 1 Cor. 3:16)


ABOUT SIN

We believe that mankind has willfully sinned against God and is therefore lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ.
(Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:7; Acts 4:12)


ABOUT DEATH

We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person. The saved will inherit eternal life whereas the unsaved will be eternally separated from God.
(Romans 8:9-14; Daniel 12:2; John 6:47)


ABOUT SALVATION

We believe that salvation is God’s gift of grace to all who believe. This grace comes by faith in Jesus Christ, His death on the cross and His subsequent Resurrection from the dead.
(Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:8-11; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9)


ABOUT RECEIVING CHRIST

We believe the Biblical pattern for receiving Christ includes acknowledging that Jesus Christ is God’s Son,
repenting from personal sin, and inviting Christ to be Lord of your life.
(1 John 1:8-9; Romans 6:1-7)

ABOUT THE CHURCH

We believe that the church is the body and bride of Christ and consists of Christians everywhere.
(Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47)

ABOUT BAPTISM, COMMUNION & BABY DEDICATIONS

We believe in water baptism by immersion for persons who have accepted Christ as their Savior.
We practice regular observance of communion as a means of remembering Christ’s sacrifice and death on the cross.
We perform child dedications to acknowledge the parents’ desire to raise their child in the ways and instruction of the Lord.
(Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Proverbs 22:6)

ABOUT OUR AFFILIATION

FCOG is affiliated with the Church of God Reformation Movement, Anderson Indiana.
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Our Mission & Values

The mission Jesus taught and modeled, while not always easy, was simple.
We are on the same mission...

LOVE GOD.

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your should and with all you r mind.
This is the first and greatest commandment."
-Jesus
THE BIBLE IS OUR AUTHORITY FOR LIFE
So we center our teaching around the Word and submit to its truth.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD, WORSHIP & PRAYER
So we foster  environments to hear from Him in these ways.

LOVE OTHERS.

"And the second is like it:  Love your neighbor as yourself."
-Jesus
SPIRITUAL GROWTH HAPPENS BEST IN RELATIONSHIP
So we encourage connection with fellow followers of Jesus.

THE FAMILY IS OUR FIRST CHURCH
So we invest to help families win at home.

LIVE OUT.

"Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life,
marking them by baptism in the threefold name:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."
-Jesus
EVERY BELIEVER IS GIFTED TO CONTRIBUTE, NOT JUST CONSUME
So we equip people to serve.

GOD IS ACTIVELY PARTNERING WITH BELIEVERS TO REDEEM THE WORLD.
So we pursue our neighbors in our city and around the world.