Statement of Faith
FREEDOM BAPTIST FELLOWSHIP
located at the corner 3rd Street and Jackson Ave., Madison, WV
Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 185, Danville, W.V. 25053  Phone  (304) 369-9070 

The Scriptures

We believe that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God", by which we understand the whole Bible, consisting of sixty-six books, is inspired in the sense that holy men of God "were moved by the Holy Spirit" to write the very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings, historical, poetical, doctrinal, and prophetical as appeared in the original manuscripts. We believe that all the Scriptures center about the Lord Jesus Christ, in His person and work, in His first and second coming, and hence that no portion, even the Old Testament, is properly or understood until it leads to Him. We also believe that all the Scriptures were designed for our practical instruction. ( Mark 12:26, 36; 13:1; Luke 34:27,44; John 5:39, Acts 1:16; 17:2,3; 18:28; 26:23-23; Romans 15:4; I Corinthians 2:13; 10:11; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21; Acts 28:23).

The Godhead

We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God and that He is sovereign. He is creator and sustainer of heaven and earth, inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all our honor, confidence, and love, God eternally exists in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ( Exodus 20:2-3; I Corinthians 8:6; I John 5:7; Revelations 4:11).

We believe in the absolute Deity of Jesus Christ. He is the only begotten Son of God, the Eternal Word manifested in the flesh. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. His sinless life and ministry on Earth, His death on the Cross as a substitutionary atonement for sins of all mankind, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His exaltation to the right hand of the Majesty on high as Lord, Mediator, Priest, and Advocate of the world. (Isa. 7:14, 9:6; Luke 1:30:35; John 1:1,2,14,18; Phil 2:5-8; Heb 4:15, 7:26; I Cor 15:1-3; Heb 2:9, 4:14, 7:25, 9:24; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11).
 
We believe in the personality  and the Deity of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convicts men of sin, regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals and sets believers apart to a holy life and ministry. (John14:16-17; Acts 5:30-32; Romans 8:14; I Cor. 3:16; Eph 1:13, 4:30; I Peter 1:2)

Satan

We believe that God created an innumerable company of spiritual beings, known as angels; Satan, 'that old serpent", called also the Devil, and angel called "Lucifer, son of the morning: the highest in rand fell through pride, thereby becoming Satan, the unholy god of this age, originator of sin and the author of all power of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Matt. 4:1-3;  II Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10; Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:15).

Ordinances

We believe that there are two Christian ordinances instituted by Christ, the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper to be observed until He comes again.

We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion of a believer in the water in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that is set for the identification of the believer with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that is performed by an ordained minister through the authority of the local church. (Ref. Acts 19). Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privilege of church membership and to the Lord's Supper.

We believe that the Lord's Supper is a commemoration of the Lord's death to be observed by the church members till He comes; that the elements, unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, are symbols of His broken body and the shed blood, and that our observance of it is a pictorial testimony of the believer's fellowship of His sufferings and crucifixion and should be proceeded by self-examination. (Matt 28:19-20; John 13:1; Acts 8:38; Acts 19:2-5; Rom 6:3-11; John 4:1-2; I Cor 11:22; I Cor 5:8; Deut 32:14; Matt 26:29; I Col 1:17-34; Phil 3:10, 3:26).

Coming of Christ

We believe in the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for those in the church, those that are asleep (dead) and we which are alive and remain. The believers shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. The church, called the Bride, will then be married to on Husband, Jesus Christ. After this, Jesus will return to the earth with His Saints to establish His kingdom of the righteous and reign for on thousand years (pre-millennial). (John 14:1-3; I Cor 15:51-52; Rev 19-7-8;Phil 3:20; I Thes 2:10; 4:13-18; II Thes 2:7-10; Titus 2:11-14; Rev 20:4-6; Heb 10:37).

Resurrection

We believe that all the dead will be raised; that the righteous dead will have part in the first resurrection, which will issue in eternal life, and the wicked dead will have part in a resurrection, which will issue the eternal damnation of the lake of fire. (John 5:20; I Cor 15:51-12; Luke 16:19-31; Rev 20:11-15).