Having received the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, we band ourselves together as a body of believers in Christ, and adopt the following articles as our standard for faith and practice.
ARTICLE I: NAME
Fellowship Bible Church of Greenville, Texas, duly chartered in the State of Texas, February 2, 1965. (Organized on December 4, 1964).
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE
The purpose of this church shall be to win the lost to Christ and to edify the believer. This is accomplished through the teaching of God’s Word; the world-wide proclamation of the Gospel of Christ; public worship of the triune God; separation unto God for victorious living and to be in the world but not of it. We seek to submit to the loving oversight and discipline of the officers of this church; standing firm upon true Bible doctrine until Christ returns for us.
ARTICLE III: DOCTRINE and ORDINANCES
1. Every word in the original writings of the Holy Scriptures is inspired of God and without error (II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:19-21; I Cor. 2:13; II Peter 3:15-16).
2. The Godhead exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one God (John 10:30; Deut.6:4; Matt. 3:16-17; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14).
3. Man was created in the image and likeness of God, but in Adam all mankind fell into sin with the result that all men are sinners, hopelessly sinful in themselves, apart from the grace of God. (Gen.1:27; Rom. 3:23; 5:8,12; Eph. 2:1).
4. The eternal Son of God became incarnate in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is true God and true man, having been born of the Virgin Mary (John 1:1-3, 14; Matt. 1:21-23; Col. 2:9; I John 5:20;
I Tim. 2:5).
5. Salvation is received by faith alone in Christ, who died in substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and rose again (John 3:16; Acts 4:12; I Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 4:4-5; 5:1; Heb. 7:27).
6. Every true believer is promised positional, progressive, and ultimate sanctification (Heb. 10:10, 14; John 17:17; I Thess. 4:3-4; Eph. 5:26-27; I John 3:2).
7. All who are born of the Spirit through faith in Christ can have assurance of salvation and are eternally secure in Christ (Rom. 5:1; John 6:63; I John 5:11-13; John 10:28-29; II Tim. 1:12;
1 Peter 1:3-5).
8. The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Godhead, who regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals all true believers in Christ and fills those yielded to God (John 1:12-13; John 3:3-6; Acts 13:52; Titus 3:5; I Cor. 2:13, 6:19, 12:13; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 4:30).
9. The Church, composed of all true believers is the body and bride of Christ, formed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:22-23; I Cor. 12:12-13, 27; Acts 2:41-47).
10. Christians are called to a holy life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy Spirit, which service include the propagation of the Gospel message to the whole world. There is promised reward in heaven for faithfulness in such service (1 Pet. 1:15-16; John 12:25-26; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 3:12-15).
11. The scriptural ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper are for all true believers in Christ (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47; I Cor. 11:23-26; Matt. 26:26-27).
12. Angels were originally created holy, but now exist as un-fallen and fallen, including Satan (Col. 1:16; Psalms 148:2-5; Jude 6; Matt. 25:41; Rev. 12:9;).
13. God has revealed different dispensations or stewardships with corresponding rules of life, of which the present dispensation is the age of grace (Eph. 3:2-6, 9-11; Col. 1:25-27; Rom. 6:14;
14. The imminent return of the Lord, which is the blessed hope of the Church, is to be followed in order by: the tribulation; the second coming of Christ to the earth after the tribulation; the establishment of the reign of Christ on earth for one thousand years; the eternal state of punishment for the unsaved and the eternal state of blessing for the saved (Titus 2:13; I Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9-10; Rev. 3:10; Matt. 24:21, 29-30; Matt. 25:31; Rev. 20:1-6; 11-15; Matt. 25:46).