Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church adheres to the Baptist Faith and Message. We’ve summarized a few of the main topics here.
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. It has salvation as it’s end. Because it is inspired by God, it has salvation for its end and is truth without any mixture of error. For more detailed explanation on the inerrancy of Scripture check out the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
God & The Trinity
There is only one living and true God. He is the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer and Ruler of the universe. God is glorious, infinite in greatness, worth and every perfection. God is all powerful and all knowing, and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Jesus and Salvation
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with God the Father. Jesus has eternally existed and became man at His incarnation. He lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He bodily arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to sit at God the Father’s right hand and will return to the earth again in bodily form to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
By turning from our sin and self-rule and placing our faith Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness anyone can be saved from sin’s penalty and be adopted into God’s family. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ by faith and it results in a new life with new desires, thoughts, and actions. Faith is more than agreeing to some facts, but an outward response to an inward transformation that treasures Jesus and places the weight of our entire life and eternity upon Him.
God, by His Word and Spirit, created the Church, calling sinful men out of the whole human race into the fellowship of Christ’s body. By the same Word and Spirit, He guides and preserves that newly redeemed humanity. The Church is not a religious institution or denomination. Rather, the Church is made up of those who have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ and have personally appropriated the gospel. The ultimate mission of the Church is to bring glory to God by making disciples. Upon conversion, newly redeemed men and women are baptized into a local church, in which they devote themselves to teaching, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper and prayer.
All members of the Church are to be a vital and committed part of a local church. In this context, they are called to live out the implications of the gospel as the people of God and demonstrate the reality of the kingdom of God. The ascended Christ has given gift ministries to the Church, including prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, for the equipping of Christ’s body so that it might mature and grow. In the context of the local church, God’s people receive pastoral care and oversight and the opportunity to steward their gifts for His glory and the good of the other