At FMCC we have a minimjum set of beliefs that we adhere to, these minimums are intentional. There is a minium set of belviefs that define and make one a Christian. Anything less than these beliefs is not Christian. Beyond that minium bar we desire to give each Chrisitan enoough room for freedom of conscious and honest disagreemnt over matters of faith. At FMCC we believe the Apostles Creed meets that criteria.
The Apostles Creed
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and
In Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell, the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Universal Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
The National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three person: Father Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his miracles, in his vicarious and atoning death through is shed blood, in his bodily resurrection, in his ascension to the right had of the Father, and in his personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful people, regeneration obey the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to life a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the save and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We also affirm the National Associatoin of Evagnelicals Statement of Faith as a suffient modern reworking of the essentials of Christian faith. Beyond that we, at FMCC have positions on ‘hot botton’ topics for the church.
Women in Ministry
At FMCC we believe that the outpoured Holy Spirit knits together a community not bound by human categories and constructs. As such we, affirm women in all ministries and positions in the church, provided they have called to such by the Holy Spirit.
SOGI (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity)
We affrim a Biblical understanding of marriage and human personhood.
Social Justice, the Social Gospel, Politics, Race and the Church
Our offical ‘position’ is we do not have one. When one considers the Parables of Jesus there is an element of the Social Gospel (a doing justly, loving mercy- Micah 6:8) ethic wrapped within the teaching. A Liberation Theolgy of James Cone and others is not a legetimate understanding of Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom. Even so, we believe that the New Testament community was a racially diverse group of people submitted to one another under the headship of the Lord Jesus Christ. All the various movments seek to use the church to justify the use of a political tool. To that end, while politcs and the issues of the day will occupy our attention from time to time, we do not believe it is the job of the church to instuct people how to vote. Rather, we choose to trust each person’s conscious to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.