"In the Essentials, Unity; In the Non-essentials, Liberty; But in All Things, Charity"
This simple statement encourages us to major on the majors. Below you will find an outline of the basic Christian doctrines that we hold at Foundry Church. These foundational beliefs are in keeping with Historic Christian faith. Please contact us if you have any questions.
THE WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, complete as the revelation of God's will for salvation and for Christian living and are the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak. (Jn. 10:35; Jn. 17:17; II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:19-21)
We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that these are equal in their divinity and that they execute distinct and harmonious functions. (Deut. 6:4; Ps. 90:1-2; Matt. 28:19; Jn. 1:1-4)
God the Father: We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men and women, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Jn. 3:16-17; Jn. 4:24; Eph. 2:4-5; Rev. 3:20)
God the Son: We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, God the Son. We believe that He was preexistent and is eternal; that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully man. We believe that His death on the cross was substitutionary on our behalf and the only payment for sin that meets the demands of divine justice. We believe that He arose bodily from the dead and ascended to the right hand of the Father, where he now carries on a ministry as advocate and intercessor for the saints. (Matt. 1:20; Lk 24:39; Jn. 1:1-14; Acts 1:11; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 2:9; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 Jn. 1:7; 1 Cor. 15:17)
God the Holy Spirit: We believe in the deity and personality of God the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit was the agent in the revelation and inspiration of the Scriptures and is the One who bears witness to the Scriptures, assuring believers of the truthfulness of God's written Word. We believe that it is the Holy Spirit who performs the work of salvation in the hearts of individual believers -- baptizing them into the body of Christ, sealing, indwelling, filling and teaching them. He intercedes for believers. He also bestows spiritual gifts upon them, empowering them for the works of service. (Jn. 14:26; Jn. 16:7-8, 13-14; Rom. 8:14-17, 26; I Cor. 2:10-16; I Cor. 6; 1 Cor. 12:13; I Cor. 12:1-31; II Cor. 1:21-22; Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 4:30; Eph. 5:18; Tit. 3:5-6; II Pet. 1:20-21; 1 Jn. 2:27)
We believe God created human beings, male and female, in His own image and free from sin. Man chose to disobey God in the Garden of Eden and, as a result, all men are sinners and separated from God for all eternity. Being spiritually dead due to sin, man can only be made alive through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 1:18-23; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 6:23; Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:1-5)
We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, and was accomplished by Christ's death on the cross, and is received through faith apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We believe salvation is eternal and results in a personal relationship with God, righteous living, good works and proper social concern. (Jn. 3:1-7; Jn. 10:28-29; Rom. 3:24-28; Rom. 8:28-39; Rom. 10:9-10; I Cor. 15:1-4; Eph. 2:8-9; Eph. 3:11-12; Eph. 4:11-16; Phil. 2:14-16; Col. 3:12-17; Tit. 2:11-12; Heb. 7:25-27)
We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the Head, and is composed of all persons who have professed faith in Christ for salvation and have been baptized into the unity of one body by the Holy Spirit. This body expresses itself in local assemblies for worship, service, instruction and evangelism. The ordinances of the local church are believers' baptism by immersion and the observance of the Lord's Supper, which is a memorial of what Christ has done on the cross, and which anticipates His return. (Matt. 28:18-20; Mk. 14:25; Acts 2:4; Acts 20:17-18; Rom. 6:3-5; I Cor. 11:23-29; I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:15; Col. 2:12)
THE LAST THINGS
We believe in the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and unsaved, the final judgment, the eternal happiness of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked. (Matt. 25:31-36; Jn. 5:28-29; Acts 1:11; II Cor. 5:10; I Thes. 4:16-18; Rev. 20:1-15)