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Beliefs

Beliefs

Our Vision

Sharing the love of Christ at the heartbeat of our time.

Our Mission

The mission of Fair Oaks Church is to honor God by leading people to faith in Jesus Christ and helping them grow into fully-devoted followers of Him.

Statement of Faith

In matters of faith that are essential, there must be unity; in non-essentials, we should allow liberty. In all things, we should show charity toward others. In this spirit, we are united in the following "essential" affirmation:

The Word of God

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as inspired of God and inerrant in the original writings. This means that all facts that Scripture intends to affirm (e.g. theological, doctrinal, historical, numerical, chronological, and scientific) are exempt from error in whole and in part. The scriptures are the supreme and final authority in faith and life. By this we mean that the spirit of God has exerted supernatural influence on all writers and that this guarantees the trustworthiness of all their canonical writings.

The Trinity

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

God the Father

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

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, the second person of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father. Jesus is God's only begotten Son and was conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary, atoning death; literal bodily resurrection; ascension into heaven; and perpetual intercession for His own people.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with God. The Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, baptize, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ; that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide; and that He gives gifts to every believer in order that they may serve God and redeem mankind.

Regeneration

We believe that all people are sinners by nature and personal choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are regenerated - born again - by the Holy Spirit. We believe that those thus saved are justified, sanctified, sealed, and eternally secure by the grace and power of God.

The Church

We believe in the universal church, a spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit of God. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the local church the primary task of cultivating caring communicators of Christ's love that they may be fully equipped to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. We define success in evangelism as taking the initiative, in response to and in the power of the Holy Spirit, to help a person move one step closer in the process of coming to Christ. As such, the Church takes on characteristics of a hospital, mercy for the wounded and hurting with the goal of healing them through the renewal of their mind and heart, and a combat unit, putting on the full armor, intent on saving souls. As such, we view hurting individuals and families as opportunities and not as problems.

Christian Conduct

We believe a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well being of fellow humans; be blameless before the world in conduct; be a faithful steward of all time, talents, and possessions; and seek to realize, personally and for others, the full stature of maturity in Christ.

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 biblical baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for the commemoration of His death. We believe these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of Jesus Christ for His church.

Religious Liberty

We believe every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith. We believe that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority.

The Last Things

We believe in "that blessed hope" - the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His church. We believe in the final judgment, the everlasting felicity of the righteous, and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost.