Basic Doctrinal Statement
Primary Doctrine (Rigid)
The purpose of the individual Christian, The individual church, and of the church universal is to bring glory to God.
The Word of God (the Bible) is, in the original written documents, the only infallible and inspired truth given to man from God.
Salvation is only by grace through faith and is a gift from God. It is not a result of works or any human effort. Those who receive this gift are true believers and make up God's one true Church.
The Trinity is God in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are one in essence, one in purpose, and one in substance.
Jesus Christ, God made in flesh, paid the full price of the punishment for our sins by shedding His Blood at Calvary. He was virgin born, crucified for forgiveness of our sin and for salvation, resurrected to everlasting life on the third day, returned to be with the Father has sent the Holy Spirit to abide in us, and is coming again at the end of the age.
Those who are redeemed will be resurrected to life and those who have rejected Christ will be resurrected to death.
Secondary Doctrine (Flexible)
The Christian Church over many years has fragmented into numerous denominations, worship styles, lifestyle teaching, and modes of church governance. Fairview Bible Church is, however, a non-denominational church. Therefore, it's members, while adhering closely to the rigid doctrines of the faith listed above, have training and beliefs that differ on more flexible doctrines. These doctrines, from varying interpretations of scripture, have been determined with sincerity through careful study of the same Word of God. Fairview Bible Church desires to honor the unity of the body in its purpose, in salvation, and in the foundational doctrines of the Christian Faith, while careful not to create division in the body over more denominational like distinctives.
We appreciate and respect those who have had more rigid denominational teaching, but will not allow a division to be created in the body along denominational lines. Some of those areas which are distinctive by denomination and might be therefore included in the above statement of flexibility include:
1. The order and timing of the end time.
2. The modes of baptism.
3. The calling of the lost to salvation by man's free will or by the Sovereign choosing of God.
4. How the presence of the indwelling Spirit affects ministry gifts and charismatic gifts.
5. The contributions that come into the church by way of either percentile tithing, or through the freedom of the individual giver to determine the amount.
The pastor's and Elder's have, through individual study, arrived at personal beliefs about these and many other topics. It is understood that complete agreement will never be achieved in this life. The elders, however, believe strongly in the unity of the body and do not violate these principles in their oversight of the church. Any Elder will be happy to explain his position and personal convictions on any of these topics. They will, however, not allow any teaching in the church that violates the rigid and necessary doctrines of salvation mentioned above. Any such teaching would be considered heresy.
The form of church government, as outlined by our constitution, is an Elder administered format. The Elder Board makes all of the determinations regarding budget finance, board and committee structure, policies and procedures, oversight of business meetings, and the spiritual wellness of the body. There is an annual meeting of the membership, in February of each year, for the purpose of electing officers, the appointing of biblically qualified members to serve on boards and committees, the purchase or sale of property, and the approval of recommended changes to the governing constitution or by-laws.