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What We Believe

The Essential Belief Statements

"In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity."

-St. Augustine

About God     

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. 

Scriptures: Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19;
1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2 

About Jesus Christ     

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to Earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. 

Scriptures: Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 4:14-15;
1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:13 

About the Holy Spirit     

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.  

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16-17; 16:7-15; Acts 1:8;
1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 5:18 

About the Bible     

The Bible is God’s written 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. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. 

Scriptures: 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalms 12:6; 119:105, 160;
Proverbs 30:5 

About the Church     

A New Testament church of Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by a covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, committed to His teachings, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.

The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ which includes all the redeemed of all the ages. 

Scriptures: Matthew 16:15-19; Acts 2:41-42, 47; 13:1-12; 15:1-30;
1 Corinthians 5:4-5; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-11; 21; Revelation 2-3 

About Mankind     

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. 

Scriptures: Genesis 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:2; Romans 3:23 

About Salvation     

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith. 

Scriptures: Romans 6:23; 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 3:16; 14:6;
Titus 3:4-5; Galatians 3:26 

About Eternal Security     

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. 

Scriptures: John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:14; 1 Peter 1:3-5 

About Eternity     

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. 

Scriptures: John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15 

Our Lifestyle Statement

Beliefs are not worth much, unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the Bible teaches, we feel very strongly about the following seven practices:

1 - The Bible as our sole authority

"The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right." II Timothy 3:16 (LB)

Since God's Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is "What does the Bible say?" We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.

2 - The autonomy of each local church

"He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body's life…" Colossians 1:18 (GN)

Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control. In relating to our "daughter churches" that we sponsor, we encourage each congregation to determine its own strategy, structure, and style.

3 - The priesthood of every believer

"He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body's life…" Colossians 1:18 (GN)

4 - Giving

"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." II Corinthians 9:6-7

"On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income..." I Corinthians 16:2a

At Fellowship Of the Rockies we practice God directed giving for the support of Christ's Body, the Church, as is God's command. Giving is a very concrete way to grow the church and God's kingdom and it is a way to positively affirm the sovereignty of God in your life. The Bible instructs as a starting place for giving 10%.

5 - Immersion

"For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ…" Colossians 2:12 (GN)

We practice baptism by immersion underwater — the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands.

6 - Spirit-filled living

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5

We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God's power within us. So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God's Spirit to enable us to do what is right.

7 - Telling others about Christ

"...Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have..." I Peter 3:15

It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those God brings us into contact with. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.

8 - Same Sex Marriage

We believe God created and sanctioned marriage to bring together men and women, the complementary halves of humanity, by joining them in “one-flesh” unions. (Genesis 2:18-25) Marriage between one man and one woman for life uniquely reflects Christ’s relationship with His Church. (Ephesians 5:21-33) Marriage also serves as a foundational unit of a stable society. (1 Corinthians 7:2)

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Fellowship of the Rockies as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Fellowship of the Rockies’ members and the community, it is imperative that all staff at Fellowship of the Rockies agree to abide by this statement. Furthermore the properties of Fellowship of the Rockies will only be used for a ceremony or celebration that reflects this statement. (Matthew 5:16)

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Fellowship of the Rockies.