Fellowship’s Core Theology

Fellowship’s doctrinal foundation is one of historic Protestant Christianity.

•We believe in the Trinity of God.  One God. Three Persons:  The Father, Son and Spirit.

 •We believe in His divinely inspired word.

•We believe a person is made righteous and totally forgiven through God’s grace, solely by faith in the Son’s death and resurrection.

•We believe a person personally grows and matures as one discovers in the Body of Christ the Spirit’s life-changing truth and power.

**There are many more beliefs ,values, and teachings that Fellowships holds dear.  If we were to list them all, this section would grow immensely.

 The final responsibility for the Body’s core beliefs, values and interpretation of the Scripture lies with the Body’s Elders.  It is our hope that within the safe environment of this Eldership, the individual believer would come to develop  a love, study, understanding, application of the Scriptures that transcends rote doctrinal beliefs or teachings.   Our desire is that as a part of your growth in Christ, that by your own self-study and wrestling with the text, you come to know why you believe what you believe.  The above list only serves as a beginning foundation.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact one the Body’s Elders, or the Body’s Senior Teaching Elder.

“Charismata”

*Because of the emphasis of the more spectacular sign gifts within the Church today, the Elders of Fellowship Bible feel the need to explain our position on these gifts.

First of all, we believe no less and no more than the Scripture teaches.  We allow the Scripture (primarily 1 Cor. 12-14) to regulate the gifts.

Second, we believe that all the Spirit’s gifts or “graces” (charismata) are still available today, including the spiritual gift of tongues or “glossa”.

Third, the reason we hold this view is because “the Perfect”,  Christ Jesus, has not yet returned (1 Cor. 13:10).  We also lean towards a known language interpretation of the word “glossa”,  as it infers, and not just an “ecstatic utterance”, as some practice.

Fourth, irrespective if this is the case or not, it’s use as Scripture (1 Cor. 14)* indicates is to be highly regulated:  1)There must be an interpreter present (14:27-28).  2) Only two or three should speak,  and only one at a time (14:27); not everyone at the same time, as is the custom of many churches.

*For a clear understanding of this controversial gift’s regulation, we suggest a slow and patient reading of this very clear passage.

3)  If there is no interpreter present, the person should keep silent and speak to God and himself (14:28).

In summary we believe that the gift is 1)  publicly possible, 2)  highly regulated, and 3)  privately accommodated.

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