We Believe

Mission Statement

Faith Fellowship of the Open Bible Mission Statement: Changing lives, Enriching Families, Transforming Our Community. Expanded Version: (To Reach People for Jesus, to raise up disciples and send them into the harvest, and to release supernatural Spiritual awakening into our community and region.)

Core Values

Core Values of Open Bible Churches: Intimacy with God: The doorway to our most important relationship: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” (Mathew 22:37 NLT) Bible Based: The Source book for life and ministry: “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet, and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105, NLT) Spirit Empowered Lifestyle: The power for our witness and service. “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit (Ephesians 3:16, NLT) Great Commandment Love: The Heart that compels us. “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mathew 22:39, NLT) Great Commission Passion: The Commandment that guides us. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, NLT) Relational Health: The authentication of what we declare “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24, NLT) Integrity: The bedrock of our character. “The godly walk with integrity” (Proverbs 20:7, NLT) Leadership Growth: The channel of our development. “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:7, NLT). Unity of Purpose: The cornerstone of multiplication. “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me” (John 17:21, NLT)

What We Believe

We Believe: For a complete statement of faith and supporting scriptures visit www.openbible.org/About-Us/Core-Beliefs The Bible: We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the only infallible guide and rule of our faith and practice. God: We believe there is one God. In the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and attribute, fulfilling distinct but complementary roles in the great work of redemption.” The Fall of Man: We believe the human race is fallen from its original, created goodness because of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The Plan of Redemption: We believe Jesus Christ was the sacrifice God planned from the foundation of the world for the sin of the human race. By shedding His blood and dying on the cross, Jesus made provision for the salvation of all people. Salvation: We believe, because of our total inability to save ourselves, salvation is by God’s grace alone. It is received by faith with repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal Savior. Water Baptism: We believe water baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is an outward sign of an inward work and is commanded by God following conversion. Communion: We believe in partaking of the bread and the cup of communion in remembrance of the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection. We celebrate an open communion for all believers regardless of church affiliation. Baptism of the Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in every believer at the moment of salvation. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is distinct from salvation, releasing the power of the Holy Spirit through faith. Consistent with biblical accounts, believers should anticipate Spirit-baptism to be accompanied by speaking in tongues and other biblical manifestations. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is given to endue the believer with power from God, to offer an inspired witness for Christ, to lead the believer in a life of holiness, and to equip for a Spirit-filled life of service. Healing: We believe the power of God to heal the sick and afflicted is provided for in Christ’s death on the cross. God is willing to and does heal today. Evangelism and Missions: We believe the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ commands us to carry the gospel message to the entire world – to every nation, ethnicity, culture, and language. The growth and strength of the Church depend on its wholehearted sacrifice and support for world evangelization.