What We Believe
We want God’s word to be the standard and authority for all we do.
We recognize, however, that there are a variety of interpretations of scripture even within the body of Christ. At some point, we will encounter theological differences with believers from other churches and our own. When this happens, we fully embrace the old axiom: In the essentials, unity (Ephesians 4:4-6); in the non-essentials, liberty (Romans 14); in all things, love (1 Corinthians 13:2).
Doctrine and Theology
The Four Pillars
Every church, denomination, or ministry family has certain hallmarks that distinguish it from others. Let’s understand 4 key theological pillars about the Free Methodist Church.
Wesleyan-Arminian theological heritage
As a Free Methodist church, BFMC upholds a distinctively Wesleyan-Arminian theology. On the continuum of Calvinism to Arminianism, ‘Wesleyan-Arminian’ is in the center, holding to the spiritual truths of both positions. In short, we see that the mystery and majesty of God’s sovereignty is so great that it includes man’s true free moral agency – the actual ability to choose.
Emphasis on Holiness
The pursuit of holiness has been a central focus since the Holiness Revival movements of the 1800’s that gave birth to the Free Methodist Church.
Concern for the Poor
One of the truest evidences of a healthy church is its concern and care for those who are in need.
Holistic Biblical Exegesis
The best theology is one that attempts to deal with the whole counsel of God’s Word, rather than building a theology of personal preference around isolated portions of Scripture.
Statements of Belief
God the Father
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal and are one God. Genesis 1:1,26,27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-15; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. This immersion into Spirit-led living provides the Christian with the power to live a fruitful, victorious life, understanding of spiritual truth, and boldness in sharing the good news with others. He also gives us spiritual gifts. As Christians, we seek to live under His daily control. 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25
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 bears unerring witness to Jesus Christ, the living Word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6; 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5
People are made in the image of God and 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. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59; Romans 3:23
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 accepting Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
We believe the church is the world-wide body of Christ. It is comprised of all believers who have been united through the sacrifice of Jesus. God has also called these believers to be part of a local church family. Matthew 16:18; Hebrews 12:22-24
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in relationship with Him is eternal life. John 3:16; 12:25; 14:2-3; 17:3; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15