We are striving to be authentic people compelled by God's love to make a difference.
Statement of Faith
Friendship's Statement of Faith is basically an expansion upon the Apostles' Creed and an attempt to retain orthodoxy in faith:
1. THE WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and having supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
2. THE TRINITY
We believe that there is one living and true God eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
3. GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.
4. GOD THE SON (JESUS CHRIST)
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary, atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal visible return to earth.
5. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit who was sent by the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgement, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Saviour are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
7. THE CHURCH
We believe in the universal church, a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a group of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, service and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
8. CHRISTIAN CONDUCT
We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should seek to attain to the full measure of maturity in Christ and actively encourage others toward that same goal; and that they should be a faithful steward of their possessions.
9. THE ORDINANCES
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Triune God. We believe that the Lord’s supper was instituted by Christ for the commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
10. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
We believe that every human being is directly responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each local church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore church and state must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
11. CHURCH COOPERATION
We believe that independent local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or national, is voluntary and may be terminated at any time by the participating churches.
12. THE LAST THINGS
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgement, the eternal joyful presence with God of the believer and the eternal separation from God of the non-believer.