We believe that every person who comes into the circle of this fellowship was sent by God himself. It is not by accident that we have the joy of meeting you. So, above all else, we want to express Christ’s love to you with genuine, heartfelt warmth. We are eager to know you and are excited to share with you the marvelous ways God is working in our church. We hope and pray that the ministries available here at EBC will meet your needs.
We believe in God as omniscient (Heb. 4:13, Acts 15:18), omnipresent (Ps. 139:7, Jer. 23:24, Amos 9:2-3), omnipotent (Jer. 10:12-13, Gen. 1:1, 26, 35:11), Creator (Gen. 1:1, 26, John 1:1-3), Sustainer (Col. 1:15-17, Ps. 75:6-7, 104:27-30, Heb.1:3 Matt. 10:29-30, Gen. 39:21, 50:20, Dan. 1:9), immutable in His being, holiness, justice, love, and truth (Mal.3:6, Is. 6:3, I John 4:8, James 1:17). God is eternal (Ps. 90:2, 102:24-27, Heb. 1:12). Though God is a Spirit (John 4:24), yet Scripture very definitely teaches God as a personality (Ex. 3:14, Gen. 22:13-14, Ps. 23:1, John 17, Acts 14:15, Job 1:12, Gen. 3:8-9, 11, 13, 14, 1 Thess. 1:9, Ps. 94:9-10, Gen. 6:6, John 3:16, Rev. 3:19f, Gen. 1:1, 26).
He rose triumphantly from the grave the third day and ascended into heaven and is now at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf. From heaven He shall come again in visible form to judge the living and the dead and to establish His rule as Lord of lords and King of kings (John 20 and 21, Acts 1:9-11, 2 Tim. 4:1, 1 Tim. 6:15, John 5:22-29, Matt. 25:31).
These three, though one in essence, equal in their divine perfection, yet individual in personality, perform different but harmonious offices in the great plan of redemption (Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14, Eph. 2:18, John 10:30, 15:26, 16:14).
God, who is one with respect to His essence, is three with respect to the modes or distinctions of His being.
The Father is all the fullness of the Godhead, but invisible (John 1:18). The Son is all the fullness of the Godhead, but manifested (John 1:14-18). The Spirit is all the fullness of the Godhead acting immediately upon creation (1 Cor. 2:9-10).
We believe that Satan is a real supernatural personality, a fallen angel of great power, cunning, and wickedness, the enemy of God and of all good, seeking the destruction of Christ and the eternal ruin of every soul (Mark 1:13, John 13:2, Matt. 13:19, 39), but is limited in the scope of his power by God (Job 1:12, 2:1-6, Luke 22:31, 1 Cor. 10:13).
Satan introduced sin into this world, when he by his subtlety brought about the transgression and fall of our first parents (Gen. 3:1-15). Since then, he and the host of fallen angels and evil spirits under his control, dominate the present world system deceiving mankind, obstructing the course of the Gospel, and blinding the minds of the unbelieving (Eph. 6:11-12, 2:2, 2 Cor. 4:4, 1 John 5:19 R.V.).
Scripture describes his work and character by names such as: a murderer from the beginning, a liar and the father of lies, the accuser of our brethren, the devil, the adversary, the evil one, the prince of the power of the air, the god of this world. (John 8:44, 17:15, Matthew 4:1, 2 Corinthians 4:4).
His present abode is “in the air,” in the heavenly places (Eph. 6:12 R.V.), yet the earth is the special field of his deceitful activity, where he works disguised as an angel of light or roams about as a roaring lion (2 Cor. 11:14, 1 Peter 5:8).
Christ by His death on the cross defeated and judged Satan and stripped him of his power over death (1 Cor. 15:57, James 4:7). He is doomed first to be cast from his present abode, then at Christ’s second coming, to be bound a thousand years, and finally to be cast into the lake of fire where he and his angels shall be tormented forever and ever (Matt. 25:41, Rev. 20:10).
Though spirits, they have appeared in visible form as ministers through whom God’s power was manifested (Judg. 6:11-22, Luke 1:26, John 20:12, Is. 37:36, Rev. 20:2-10, Gen. 19:1-26, Heb. 1:14).
Angels announced the birth of Jesus (Luke 1:28-35). An angel appeared to the shepherds (Luke 2:9-13). Legions of angels were ready to help Jesus (Matt. 26:53). Angels ministered to Jesus after His temptation (Matt. 4:11). An angel strengthened Him after the agony in Gethsemane (Luke 22:43). Angels were associated with His resurrection (Matt. 28:2-7), attended His ascension (Acts 1:10-11), and will also be associated with His return (1 Thess. 4:16, 2 Thess. 1:7).
Angels assist God in executing judgments upon the earth ( Is. 37:36, 2 Sam. 24:16- 17, Gen. 19:13-15, Rev. 9:1-5, 19:17).
They are ministering spirits sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation (Heb. 1:14). They guard, defend, and deliver God’s people (2 Kings 6:17, Ps. 34:7, Acts 5:19, 12:7-11). Angels cheer and strengthen God’s people (Acts 5:19-20), guide the worker to the sinner (Acts 10:3), guard the children, beholding the face of the Father for them (Matt. 18:10). They are eyewitnesses of the church and the believer (1 Tim. 5:21, 1 Cor. 4:9), and receive the departing saints (Luke 16:22).
His Fall. We believe that man was subjected to trial in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:15-17), and voluntarily and consciously transgressed God’s command (Gen. 3:1-3, 6), and so fell from his holy estate (Gen. 3:16-19, 2:16, 17). Thus man became alienated from God (Gen. 3:7-13, Eph. 4:18, Col. 1:21), and became physically, morally, and spiritually depraved (Rom. 1:19-32). As a result of the fall, sin was imputed upon the entire human race (Rom. 5:21, 1 Cor. 2:14). Man’s heart, being desperately wicked (Jer. 17:9-10), leads to acts of sin in his life and finally to just condemnation (Rom. 5:18).
His Redemption. We believe that God as the Sovereign Ruler must punish sin (Rom. 6:23). Christ, the Son of God, voluntarily (John 10:17-18) offered Himself on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for sin, the just suffering for the unjust, bearing sin’s curse, and tasting death for every man (John 1:29, Heb. 9:11-12, 1 Tim. 2:5-6, 2 Cor. 5:21, Gal. 3:13). Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own stubborn will, his voluntary rejection of Jesus Christ as substitute for penalty (John 3:14-16, 3:36, Acts 16:31).
His Resurrection. Every person will be raised up. The saved unto life everlasting; the unsaved to eternal condemnation (John 5:28, 29).
Faith. Faith is fundamental to salvation and Christian conduct (Gen. 15:6). “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1).
Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2). Only faith in Jesus Christ and his work of atonement on the cross saves from eternal condemnation (John 1:12, 3:16). Faith, being both the gift of God and act of man (Eph. 2:8), is based on the Word of God (John 20:30-31), giving assent to the truth, embracing and appropriating Christ as his Lord and Savior (John 20:25-29), and then worshipping Him (John 4:20-24).
Regeneration. Regeneration is the impartation of a new and divine life, a new creation – not the old nature altered or re-invigorated, but a new birth from above (John 3:3-8, Eph. 2:10, 2 Cor. 5:17). We are made partakers of the divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4). A new governing power comes into the regenerated man’s life, by which he is enabled to become holy in character and conduct: “Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”(2 Cor. 5:17, 1 John 5:11-12, 20).
Justification. As regeneration has to do with the change of the believer’s nature, so justification has to do with the change from guilt and condemnation to acquittal and acceptance. We have become justified through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Rom. 3:24), and by the faith of Jesus Christ (gal. 2:16, Rom. 5:1). Therefore, being justified by faith, forgiveness of sin (Eph. 1:7) is imparted to the believer, and he is fully restored to God’s favor and receives access to all of God’s graces (Rom. 5:1-2).
Adoption. Regeneration begins a new life in the soul. Justification deals with the new relationship of that soul to God and adoption admits that soul into the family of God with filial joy. Adoption deals with the position the soul holds as a child of God. It is the present position of the believer (1 John 3:2, Gal. 3:26). The complete revelation of our position as a child of God is future (John 3:1-3, Col. 3:3-4).
Sanctification. Sanctification has to do with our character and conduct in our Christian life. Justification is what God does for us, while sanctification is what God does in us. Sanctification exhibits the fruit of our relationship to God and manifests itself in a cordial love to the brethren and fellow men (gal. 5:22-23). Sanctification may be viewed as instantaneous, progressive, and complete. The believer is sanctified at the time of regeneration; that is, he is set aside for the service of God (1 Cor. 6:11, Heb. 10:10, 14).
The believer will mortify the deeds of the body (Rom. 8:13, Col. 3:1-9) and “put on the new man which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him that created him” (Col. 3:10, Eph. 4:22-24), and God will sanctify him wholly unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thess. 5:23, 24).
Prayer. Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath. It is the pouring out of the heart to God (Ps. 42:4, 62:8). It is God’s appointed method for man to obtain what He has to bestow (Matt. 7:7-11). It is the natural way of a child to commune with his father. The possibility to communicate with God, our heavenly Father, was with the help of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:26) prayer is the means of appropriating the promises of the Bible.
The local visible church is an institution of divine appointment and is composed of professed, baptized believers in Christ, voluntarily joined together and meeting at stated times of worship, to fellowship, to observe ordinances, and when necessary, to administer and accept discipline.
This hope of the Second Coming of Christ to receive His own (1 Thess. 4:13-17) is a purifying element in the life of the believer (1 John 3:3), and a warning to the unbeliever (Matt. 24:42, 2 Pet. 3:10).
Resurrection. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust (John 5:28-29, 1 Cor. 15:22) to receive the things done in the body (2 Cor. 5:10, Rev. 20:12). The believer’s body will be fashioned like His glorious body (Phil. 3:21), but there is no description of the body of the unbeliever.
Recompense of the Just (the believer) and the Unjust (the unbeliever). The believer’s works will be judged according to his deeds here on earth (1 Cor. 3:11-15, 2 Cor. 5:10, Rev. 22:12). He will receive rewards or crowns for his service (1 Cor. 9:25, 1 Thess. 2:19, 2 Tim. 4:8, James 1:12, 1 Peter 5:4, Rev. 3:11, 4:4).
The unbeliever’s wage for sin is death (Romans 6:23), and in the end will be judged according to his works (Rev. 20:11-15).
The Final State. The wicked after death will be in torment (Luke 16:23) until the final judgment at the Great White Throne when he will be eternally separated from God and cast into the lake of fire or more commonly known as everlasting hell (Matt. 25:41, John 3:36, Rev. 20:14-15).
The final state of the believer is far better than this present life in the body (Phil. 1:23, 1 John 3:2, Rev. 14:13). His final and eternal home is in heaven, the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21-22:5).
Water baptism has no saving or cleansing merits, but it is rather an act of obedience demonstrating the new relationship with Christ. Infant baptism cannot be recognized as valid according to Scripture (Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12; 18:8).
While the Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches practice the immersion mode of baptism, other modes are recognized as valid providing salvation preceded baptism.
The consecrated emblems consist of bread symbolizing Christ’s broken body, and the fruit of the vine as a symbol of His shed blood (1 Cor. 11:23-29). The observance of this ordinance is to be preceded by honest self-examination.
There is no salvation element in this ordinance; it rather serves as a reminder of Christ’s vicarious atonement (1 Peter 3:18), and our continued dependence upon Him.
The communion table is open to all believers who practice consistent Christian living.
This church, its pastors and staff, will not recognize any other union as a legitimate marriage. Our pastoral staff shall not perform or participate in any same sex marriage or unions or ceremonies of any kind (including transgenderism) and our church facilities will not be used for such purposes.
We believe that it is unscriptural for a believer to unite with an unbeliever in the bond of matrimony (Deut. 7:3-4; Neh. 13:25‑27; 1 Cor. 7:39; 2 Cor. 6:14). Therefore, no member of the pastoral staff shall officiate at such a ceremony.
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between one man and one woman who are married to each other. Hence, we oppose all forms of sexual immorality, including fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography, and all sexual deviant behavior. (Heb. 13:4; 1Thess. 4:3-7; Rom 1:26-27).
However, Evangelical Christianity, including some of our Fellowship churches and pastors, is not united on the question of divorce and remarriage. There are those who would grant a divorce on the ground of fornication (Matt. 5:31-32; 19:9), or desertion by an unbelieving spouse (1 Cor. 7:15), and not stand in the way of remarriage while both divorcees live. Because of these differences of interpretation, the pastor will be asked to follow the constitution of the local church of which he serves in regards to divorce and remarriage.
Separation without divorce, although not encouraged, is recognized in Scripture (1 Cor. 7:10-16). Reconciliation should always be the goal of God’s people. In such cases, local churches should do everything they can to facilitate reconciliation.
Remarriage after the death of either husband or wife has biblical sanction (1 Cor. 7:39; Rom. 7:2-3).
Furthermore, even though we do not believe that the specific regulations of the Law of Moses governing the day of rest apply to us, we do believe that the one-day-in-seven rest cycle is of divine origin (Gen. 2:2,3) It preceded the Law of Moses and is for all people. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all believers to observe this principle in obedience to God and for their own spiritual, physical and emotional benefit.
(Mal. 3:10; Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 9:6, 10). The Christian is also steward over that which he retains as well as his time and talents (Matt. 35:14-30; Eph. 5:16; Col. 4:5).
Our churches respect the right of individual conviction and recognize that various positions will be taken on war and military service. We support our youth who, because of faith and conscience, accept exemptions or alternatives to combat service. We also support youth who choose military service by encouraging them to exert a positive testimony for Christ.
We believe that the proper expression of Christian love and discipleship is by a daily manifestation of a meek spirit. We believe that it is necessary in daily living to return evil with good and not evil for evil. The principle of non-resistance is as important in daily contacts with people as it is in any national or international crisis.
We also believe that the taking of a non-resistant position, and the registering of the same with our government, shall be a matter of personal conscience and conviction.