About Us What We Believe
Churches all across America go to great lengths to present themselves in a positive light to prospective visitors. They spend enormous amounts of money on crisp brochures, eye catching signs and impressive websites. Certainly, we have no problem with utilizing these tools to reach out to the community around us. But the most important metric for determining the worth of any ministry is where it stands regarding the truths of God’s Word. The first question you should ask of any church is, “What do you believe?” At Fellowship, we don’t think ourselves to be better than any other group of Christians. We seek to boldly, but humbly, proclaim the timeless truths that have been imparted to us from God’s Word. It is our honor and joy to present to you our convictions-the principles and precepts of our faith. There is not enough room on this page to fully articulate all that we believe, but if you’ll contact our church office, we’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have about our faith and practice. It is our privilege to present to you what we believe.
Our Beliefs THE BIBLE
We believe the Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant, infallible Word and is our sole authority for faith and practice. It contains no error or contradiction. We hold it to be absolutely reliable in answering every question of life. We use and embrace the King James (Authorized) Version in all ministries of Fellowship Baptist Church.
Our Beliefs THE LAST DAYS
We believe in the imminent rapture of the saved to meet the Lord Jesus in the air. We believe in the literal, personal, visible, glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ to establish His Kingdom on earth.
Our Beliefs SALVATION
We believe that ALL have sinned and are destined for Hell apart from the saving grace of Jesus Christ. We believe Salvation is by grace through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone. Any mixture of works or religion corrupts the free grace of God and renders it null. We believe that God offers salvation to ALL who believe and has not ordained some to salvation and others to damnation. We believe salvation brings with it eternal life in which the believer can rest securely with no fear of losing it.
Our Beliefs THE TRINITY
We believe there is one God, existing in three Persons – the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Ghost. We believe Jesus Christ is wholly God and wholly man, born of a virgin, sinless throughout His life and the only acceptable Sacrifice for the sins of mankind. We believe in His substitutionary death, bodily resurrection and literal return.
Our Beliefs ETERNITY
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust to the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the eternal, conscious torment of the lost.
Our Beliefs THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe God has placed Fellowship Baptist here in Wytheville “for such a time as this”, and we are to evangelize the lost and encourage and equip the saint for Christ’s service. We practice two ordinances: the Lord’s Supper and Baptism by immersion. We have two offices: Pastor and Deacon. We believe that sign gifts (speaking in tongues, words of knowledge, faith healing, etc.) ceased with the completion of the written Word of God and are not in use in the local church today.