Beliefs 2017-06-08T12:51:00+00:00

BELIEFS

At Franklin Christian, our belief that Jesus is Lord is the cornerstone of our church family. It shapes the kind of community we strive to be and the way we interact with our neighbors both locally and around the world.

We believe God can be known because He wants to be known. It is within His nature to know us and He has designed us to want to know Him. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that God has set eternity in our hearts. Many people know a great deal about God without really knowing Him intimately and deeply. The brilliant scholar J.I. Packer, once asked a series of great questions, “What were we made for? What aim should we set ourselves in life? What is the ‘eternal life’ that Jesus gives? What is the best thing in life, bringing more joy, delight, and contentment, than anything else?” He answered with three significant words, “Knowledge of God.” (Packer, Knowing God, pg. 29) There are three fundamental ways we believe we can come to know God.

FIRST, God reveals Himself to people everywhere through observing His general revelation through creation. General revelation is simply the idea that God reveals Himself in a very generic way through what He has created. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” The Apostle Paul echoes that view in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that men are without excuse.” So, we can know God generally through looking long and hard at what God has created.

SECOND, we can know God more concretely through exploring His written Word, the Bible, and receiving it as the Holy Spirit teaches and enables us to understand it and live it out. The Bible is God speaking His truth to us in human words. We will talk more about the nature of Scripture in a moment (See What the Bible is…). Through the Bible, we hear God’s articulate voice as we take the intentional time to listen to Scripture read, preached, and taught; as we read it for ourselves, study it, memorize it, meditate upon it, and obey it.

THIRDLY, we come to know God through embracing His special revelation, the Living Word, Jesus Christ. General revelation is helpful and it is true, but it is insufficient to bring us to the place where we can know that God put on flesh, lived among us, loved us, died for us on a cross for our sins, and triumphantly rose again. This third way of knowing God comes through looking carefully, respectfully, and obediently at the life of Jesus (John 1:1 & 12-14).

We believe, as hard as it is to grasp for many people, God is one being in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19; Acts 2:38-39; and 2 Cor. 13:14), co-existing in perfect community and harmony. All of creation finds its source in Him (Gen. 1:1; Job 41:11; Ps. 50:10-12; Jn. 1:1-2; and Rev. 4:11). He holds everything together and is in the process of redeeming everything (Col. 1:17 and Rom. 8:19-22). God loves us and longs for us to be in relationship with Him (1 Jn. 1:3). He is all knowing, all powerful, everywhere, and exists eternally (Exo. 3:14-15; Ps. 90:1-6; Isa. 40:13-14; 66:1; Rom. 11:33-36; and 1 Tim. 6:15-16).
We believe Jesus is “God in the flesh.” He existed in the beginning with God (Jn. 1:1 & 14). He was born of a virgin, lived without sin, died for our sin, rose again, and is Savior and Lord (Mt. 1:18-20; Lk. 2:11&52; 23:23-24; 23:53; Heb. 5:8-9; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; and Col. 1:15-20). He, alone, makes salvation possible (Acts 4:12). He ascended into heaven where He is now our high priest, intercessor, head of the Church, and has all authority in heaven and on earth (Mt. 28:18; Acts 1:9; Rom. 8:34; Col. 1:18; and Heb. 4:14-5:10). He will return for a second time, gather His followers, and judge those who have rejected Him (Mk. 13:32-37; Acts 1:9-11; Tit. 2:13; and Heb. 9:27-28).
We believe the Holy Spirit is the active presence of God in the world, always seeking to glorify Jesus (John 16:13-15). He lives individually within those who believe in Jesus and corporately in the Church (1 Cor. 6:19 & 3:16-17). He convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come (John 16:5-15). He is our Comforter, Guide, Teacher, Helper, and the One who gives us spiritual gifts for service and changes us into the likeness of Jesus (Jn. 14:15-17; 15:25-26; Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:1ff; 1 Cor. 12:1-11; and 2 Cor. 3:18).
We believe all people were created in the image of God. Every person, from the moment of life, is in the image of God and therefore, someone to be loved, nurtured, protected, and developed. All people are precious in His sight, but sin has now separated all of us from Him (Isa. 53:6; 64:6-7; Rom. 3:23; 5:12-21; 6:23; and 1 Jn. 1:8). Faith in Jesus, based on what He did for us at the cross, is the only way for people to be reconciled with God (Jn. 14:6; Acts 4:8-12; and Rom. 3:25-26). Salvation, offered through Jesus is based on grace, and not merit. We cannot save ourselves (Eph. 2:8-9). God offers this salvation to every person. We are free to accept or reject His salvation gift (Jn. 3:16-18; 1 Tim. 2:3-4; and 2 Pet. 3:9). Faith in Jesus calls for yielding and conforming our lifestyle to His will (repentance and obedience). Baptism, as an act of faith, by immersion, demonstrates our response to God’s gift (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 8:26-38; Rom. 6:1-4; Gal. 3:26-27; Col. 2:11-12; and 1 Pet. 3:21). Anyone who is a born again child of God (experienced a second birth – Jn. 3:1-18) has the firm assurance and living hope that they will spend eternity with God in the new heaven and the new earth (1 Pet. 1:3-12; 1 Jn. 5:11-13; and Rev. 21:1-4).
What the Bible is…
We believe the Bible, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, is the uniquely inspired Word of God (2 Tim. 3:14-17 and 2 Pet. 1:15-21). It is the rule of faith and practice for Christians. It is without error or contradiction. We seek unity in matters of faith, freedom in matters of opinion, and love in everything (Jn. 13:34-35). It is through Scripture that we know God’s will and Christ’s authority. The Bible accomplishes all that God intends for it to accomplish (Isa. 55:10-11; Jer. 20:9; and Heb. 4:12).
We believe the Church is the body of Christ on earth, His Bride, and the community of believers throughout the world (Eph. 4:4-6; 5:22-33; Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:12-30; and 1 Tim. 3:15). The local church is the hope of the world. When anyone surrenders by faith to Jesus, that person is added to His Church. In addition, when anyone is added to Christ’s Church, he or she becomes a part of the priesthood of all believers. This implies that every Jesus-follower is now a serving minister in and through the church (1 Pet. 2:9-10). The Church’s supreme mission is to make disciples (Mt. 28:18-20) and its cultural mandate is to care for the world God has created (Gen. 1:26 and 2:15).

Membership at Franklin Christian Church is extended to anyone who is a member of Christ’s Church. This means anyone who is a member at FCC has accepted God’s salvation gift in Christ by faith. Anyone wanting to join FCC simply needs to follow this expression of faith, as we understand it, in the New Testament:

Believe and Confess Jesus as Lord and Savior (Acts 16:31 and Rom. 10:9-10).
Repent (Mt. 4:17 and Acts 3:19).
Be baptized by immersion (Mt. 3:13-17 and Acts 2:38-41).

Grow in Christ (2 Cor. 10:15; Eph. 4:16; 1 Pet. 2:2; and 2 Pet. 3:18).