What we believe at The Fort Church about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church

Our Beliefs


We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.


We believe that there is one living and true God (Isaiah 45:5), and infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14), each equally deserving worship and obedience.


We believe that Jesus Christ being the second person of the Trinity is coequal and coeternal with God the Father. (John 10:29-30) We believe He was fully man and fully God when He lived on the earth. (John 14:9-10; Colossians 2:9-10) We believe our Lord Jesus Christ was born of a virgin through conception of the Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26-35) We believe our Lord Jesus Christ lived a sinless life. ( 2 Corinthians 5:21)

holy spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and is coequal and coeternal with the Father and the Son. (Matt.28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14) We believe that the Holy Spirit is the person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and of judgment. (John 16: 7-11) We believe the Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ. (1Cor. 12:13) We believe the Holy Spirit indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers believers for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption. (Romans 8:9-11, 2 Cor. 3:6; Ephesians 1:13)

The bible

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives. We believe that all Scripture, is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)


We believe that through our first parent’s original sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12-13; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)

We believe that because all people have sinned and separated themselves from the Holy God that He is obligated to save no one from the just deserved punishments of hell. (Psalms 14:1-3; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:9-18.23)

God's new covenant

We believe that God, in eternity past, in His unparalleled love and mercy has chosen to elect people for salvation. (Romans 8:29-30) We believe this salvation is a gift from God, by grace, through faith on the basis of the shed blood Jesus Christ, not on the basis of human merit or works. (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7-10) 

We believe our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished the redemption of all people from sin through the shedding of His blood and atoning death on the cross that was voluntary, substitutionary, propitiatory, and expiatory. (Romans 3:21-25, 5:8-10; 1Peter 2:24) We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on the third day after His death. (John 20:1-23; Luke 24:38-39)

We believe in the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ to the right hand of the Father, where He now mediates as our Advocate and High-Priest. (Acts 1:9-11; Romans 8:34) We believe our Lord Jesus Christ will return to receive the church, which is His body, at His Second Coming. (1Thessalonians 4:13-18) We believe that God’s saving grace is ultimately irresistible and that God does soften even the hardest heart and save the worst of sinners according to His will. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37–40; 10:27–30 We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh. (Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11–15)


We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14) We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Titus 1:5–11; 1 Timothy 3:1–3) We recognize Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony of the church (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26). 

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereign given spiritual gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:7-13) We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him (Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11).

god's mission

We believe the Great Commission given by the Lord Jesus Christ after His resurrection. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8) We believe that our Church must be faithful to the content of unchanging Biblical doctrine. (Jude 3-4) We believe that our Church must be faithful to continually changing the context of the culture(s) in which it ministers. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)


We believe marriage is defined in the bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God. (Matthew 19:4-6)

water baptism

The ordinance of water baptism (Matt. 28:19) shall be administered by all established places of worship to all those who have repented of their sins and who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ to the saving of their souls (Rom. 6:3-5; Col.2:12).

Baptism is a visible symbol of God’s saving work within a person. It is the outward sign of belonging to the people of God—those who have repented and put their faith in Jesus Christ. You should be baptized if you have repented of your sins and believed on Christ alone for salvation and have not already been baptized as a believer by immersion.

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