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Core Beliefs

We believe theology matters because God matters. We are committed to obeying God’s word and glorifying the Lord in every aspect of our lives. We seek to be imitators of Christ and lovers of the Word.

Statement of Faith

Theology and doctrine matter because God matters. We believe God is real, that God is glorious, and that this really glorious God has revealed himself to us. Everything we say and do as a church is shaped by this self-revelation of God. In this God the abundant life is found, and we want this life to be throbbing unhindered through every vein of the body of Christ. This is why these Core Beliefs are like the lifeblood of our church life.

The core of The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Canada and the reason for our national unity, is our commitment to a set of shared beliefs. The following list of core beliefs is a declaration of the truths that unite us in ministry.  As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we affirm the following as a summary of what we believe to be basic truths about God and His works.

The Bible

We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union.

Joshua 1:8; Matthew 5:17,18; I Corinthians 2:13;
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:18-19 

God

We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Exodus 20:2,3; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:18-20;
I Corinthians 8:6; I Timothy 6:16;  Jude 24,25

Jesus Christ

We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.

Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25, 24:30, 28:6; John 1:1-3, 14:3; Acts 1:3,11;
Romans 14:17; I Corinthians 15:3,4; II Corinthians 5:21;
I Thessalonians 1:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; I Peter 2:22-24, 3:10; Revelation 1:8

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit Who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; Who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ.

John 3:1-9; John 14:16-17,26; John 16:7-11; I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 5:22,23;
Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 4:11-16; Ephesians 5:18; Hebrews 9:14

Satan

We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, the archenemy of God and man.

II Corinthians 4:4, 11:13,15; Ephesians 2:2, 6:11,12; Colossians 2:13-15;
Hebrews 2:14,15; Revelation 12:9, 20:10

Man

We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death.

Genesis 1:27; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10-28, 5:12-19;
Ephesians 2:1-3; Revelation 20:11-15

Salvation

We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God; that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord.

John 3:16, 10:28-29; Acts 4:12, 13:39; Romans 3:20, 5:1, 8:14-16, 29-30;
Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 2:5; ll Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:1-3

See our full Statement of Faith

Future Things

We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked.

Psalm 16:1; Matthew 25:46; John 5:24-29, 14:2, 17:23,24;
Romans 1:18-20; II Thessalonians 1:6-10; Revelation 20:11-15, 22:1-6

The Local Church

We believe that a church is a company of immersed believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the church. We believe that its officers are pastors and deacons.

Matthew 26:26-29, 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 8:36-39;
Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-32

Ordinances

We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order:

  • Baptism, which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ’s command and sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
  • The Lord’s Supper, which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and wine, which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes.

Matthew 26:26-29, 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 8:36-39;
Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-32

The Church & State

We believe in the entire separation of church and state.

Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 4:11-16;
Hebrews 13:7,17; I Peter 2:13-17

Religious Liberty

We believe in religious liberty; that every man has the right to practice and propagate his beliefs.

The Lord's Day

We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise.

Luke 24:1-7; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1,2; Hebrews 10:25; Revelation 1:10

Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the kings of the earth.

Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; Romans 13:1-7; I Timothy 2:1-2