COMPASS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Statement of Faith & Purpose
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
At Compass Christian Fellowship, we are a Bible-based church. The Bible is our only standard for beliefs, behaviors and attitudes toward living. The following Statement of Faith identifies the essential Biblical truths, which we wholeheartedly believe, teach, and obey as fundamental to our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We also understand there are non-essential, broader doctrinal issues that can have a range of interpretations within the Christian community and believe we should grant one another grace in interpretations of these important, and yet non-essential beliefs. We strive to teach biblically sound theology and to mature in our Christian faith and understanding of God and His Word within a community of grace. Most importantly, we seek unity with other Christians and Bible-based churches who also have an orthodox understanding of biblical Christianity.
In essential beliefs-we must seek unity with other Christians
“There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…” Ephesians 4:4-6
In non-essential beliefs-we should have liberty with other Christians
“Accept him whose faith is lacking, without passing judgment on disputable matters…Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls…So then each of us will give an account of himself to God…So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”
In all our beliefs-we need to demonstrate charity toward other Christians
“If I hold my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains – but have not love, I amount to nothing at all.” (I Corinthians 13:2 Phillips paraphrase)
We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the original writings of the sixty-‐six books of the Bible, the Word of God, and that is the full and complete revelation of God’s will for man, wholly infallible in all of its parts, including scientific and historical accuracy, as we well as the supreme and final authority for all matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Jude 3
We believe that God is the direct and active Creator of the universe and of all life in it (Gen. 1 – 2:9), and that, as God, Jesus Christ played a Creator’s role in all that exists (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15‐17). We believe that created life with distinct boundaries between life forms (Gen. 1:11‐ 12, 20-‐21, 24-‐25).
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-‐ eternal in being, co-‐identical in nature, co-‐equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Matt. 28:18, 19
The Person and Work of God The Father
We believe God is Spirit, eternal, from everlasting to everlasting the same, creator of all things, all powerful, all knowing, everywhere present, never changing His nature, and always loving. He is active in His creation now, controlling and sustaining it. (John 4:24), Luke 24:39, Psalm 90:2, James 1:17, Isaiah 44:24, Revelation 19:6, I John 3:20, Psalm 147:5, 139:7‐10)
The Person and Work of God The Son
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1‐2, 14, 18; Luke 1:35. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our complete redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, propitiatory and substitutionary sacrifice, a redemption made sure to us by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Rom. 3:24‐25; 5:8-‐10; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9‐11, Rom 8:34; 1 Tim 2:5; Heb. 1:3; 6:1, 7:24: 9:24; 1 John 2:1‐2).
The Person and Work of God The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, possessing all the attributes of deity, and that in essence, He is equally God (Acts 5:3‐4; 2 Cor. 1:14). We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration and sanctification, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling equally and permanently all believers, and sealing them unto the day of redemption (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:11; 12:12‐14; Eph. 1:13‐14). We believe that every un-‐ regenerated person, the moment he exercises faith in Christ as Savior, immediately possesses the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; Gal. 4:6; 1 Thess. 4:8). We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; that He sovereignly bestows one or more spiritual gifts upon each believer; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled (controlled) with the Holy Spirit (Jn. 16:13; 1 Cor. 12:4‐7; Eph. 5:18).
The Sinfulness Of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God but through Adam’s sin the whole race fell, became alienated from God, inherited a sin nature, possesses no spark of divine life, and of itself is utterly helpless to remedy its lost condition a part from the grace of God (Gen. 1:25‐27; Rom. 3:22‐23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1‐2, 12).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to sinful man by grace and received solely by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who accomplished complete redemption by His substitutionary death and shedding of His precious blood (Jn. 3:18, Gal. 2:16; Eph. 1:7, 2:8‐9; Titus 3:5: 1 Pet. 1:18‐19).
We believe that sanctification is a setting-‐apart unto God (Jn.17:17, 19) and that it involves three dimensions in the believer’s life: Positional: Every believer, by his being “in Christ” and partaking of all He is, has a complete standing before God (1 Cor. 1:2, 30: 6:11; Heb. 10:10, 14). Progressive: Yet every believer, because he retains a sin nature which cannot be changed or eradicated in this life, lives in a present state that is imperfect to the extent that he fails to appropriate the power of the Holy Spirit by which to live the Christian life, and therefore, he is in need of a progressive sanctification by growing in grace unto spiritual maturity (2 Cor. 3:18; 7:1; Eph. 4:24; Heb. 12:10). Ultimate: Every believer will be fully and completely sanctified when he shall see the Lord and shall be like Him (Rom. 8:39; Eph. 5:25‐27; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Jn. 3:2).
Assurance of Salvation
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by the power of God, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and interceded for by Christ and therefore secure in Christ forever (Jn 6:37‐40; 10:27-‐30; 17:11; Rom. 8:1, 9, 30, 38, 39; 1 Cor. 1:4‐8; 2 Tim. 1:12; 1 Pet. 1:5; Jude 24). We believe that God as holy and righteous Father of all the redeemed, cannot overlook the sin of His children, and, when they persistently sin, will chasten and correct them in infinite love (1 Cor. 11:17‐32; Heb. 12:5‐11). We believe that it is the universal privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation, which assurance excites within God’s children love, gratitude and obedience (1 Jn. 5:10‐13; 3:14; 2 Cor. 5:6‐8; Rom. 13:13, 14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11‐15).
We believe that all born again persons make up the universal Church, which is a spiritual organism (Eph. 1:22‐23; 1 Cor. 12:12‐14; Rom. 12:5; 16:16‐18; Acts 2:42‐47). We believe the establishment and the continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament (Acts 14:27; 20:17; 28‐32; 1 Timothy 3:1‐13; Titus 1:5‐11).
We believe our Lord commanded for us several observances to follow: water baptism and communion, neither of which are to be regarded as a means to salvation. Water baptism by immersion is an outward physical symbol of an inner personal transaction with the Lord (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:41; Mark 16:16, Acts 8:35‐38). The Lord’s Supper is to commemorate the Lord’s death on our behalf, and to remind believers of His soon return (Luke 22:19, 20; 1 Cor. 11:23‐28).
The Personality Of Satan
We believe that Satan is a personal being, the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; that he is active in our world today and that he is destined for total defeat and punishment (Gen. 3:1‐19; Isa. 14:12‐17; Matt. 4:2‐11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10).
The Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46; Jn. 5:28, 29; 11:25‐26; Rev. 20:5‐6; 12-‐13). We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, ‘absent from the body and present with the Lord (Luke 23:43, 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21, 1 Thess. 4:16‐17; Rev. 20:4‐6). We believe that the souls of the unbelievers will, after death suffer everlasting conscious punishment (Matt. 25:41‐46; Mark 9:43‐38; Luke 16:19‐26, 2 Thess. 1:7‐9; Jude 6‐7; Rev. 20:11‐15).
Second Coming Of Christ
We believe in the personal and soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ and ‘this blessed hope’ that has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer (1 Thess. 4:13‐18).