A time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth… (John 4:23)
What if a church could capture zeal passion of Spirit-led living and stay firmly grounded in biblical truth? A church like that might just look like the New Testament church! FAITH was launched with this balance as a key foundation to our ministry.
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. (Psalm 127:1)
FAITH was birthed through and has a rich heritage of prayer. In the late 1970’s a small group met weekly for early morning prayer at a home in Azusa asking God to pour out his Spirit and do a mighty work in the San Gabriel, Pomona and Walnut Valleys. As a result of that prayer meeting God put a vision in Pastor Jim’s heart to start a church in the Tri-Valley region. On January 6, 1980, Faith Community Church was launched. Throughout our history prayer has continued to be foundational to who we are as a church.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10)
We are committed to helping each person discover and live out their God-given purpose. Every Christian is uniquely gifted by God to make a difference in this world. When we each play our part, we all work together to bring out the best—the best in our families, our workplaces, our community, and beyond.
To creatively nurture people to love God and share His love
To develop people into successful Christians, mobilizing them for significant living and fulfilling ministry in both the church and the world
We believe the Bible is God’s Word. It’s accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.
The Bible is our ultimate statement of faith. Many churches and denominations have written doctrinal creeds and statements of faith to express what they believe on a wide array of topics. However, many of these writings have led to misunderstandings and division within the church. Our position at FAITH is to follow the lead of Scripture. “Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent.” Some topics are very clear in the Bible while other’s aren’t so clear. Our guiding principles, therefore, are unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials, and charity (or love) in all things.
In essential beliefs, we have unity
In nonessentials, we have liberty
In all things, we show love
1 Corinthians 13:2; Ephesians 4:15
While we prefer the Bible to speak for itself, for the purpose of understanding the basic doctrinal positions of FAITH, here is what we embrace as essential beliefs.
There is only one, true God, eternally existing in three distinct personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and are therefore worthy of the same worship and obedience. God is the Creator, Sustainer and Ruler of the universe.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 2:5; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, meaning He is coequal with the Father. He is the expressed image of the invisible God and Creator of all things. He became a man, being born of the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life. Consequently, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose bodily from the dead after three days, demonstrating His victory over sin and death. He ascended to heaven, is seated in authority, and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
John 1:1-5,14, 5:18; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3, 4:14-15; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-10
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son. He is Creator, and is present in the world to convict people of their sin and make them aware of their need for the Savior-Jesus Christ. People are regenerated (born again) by the Holy Spirit, and He lives in believers to manifest the character of Christ. He provides believers with power for holy living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance for life. He also gives Christians spiritual gifts, so they might serve the church and the world in a manner that surpasses their own natural abilities and limitations. The victorious Christian life must be lived under His daily control.
People are created in the image of God, and are designed to reflect His character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation and love. Through willful transgression and disobedience, people have fallen from their originally created state of righteousness, peace, and joy into a state of separation from God. Being separated from the source of life, love, and joy has resulted in bondage and death. People are unable to deliver themselves from their sinful condition, but are totally dependent upon the power of God as presented in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Because people are unable to save themselves from their sinful condition, salvation is altogether the work of God. Neither good works nor self-improvement can make up for our sin. Salvation is the free gift of God. However, like any gift it must be received. This gift is received by faith, or by believing and trusting in Jesus Christ who died as our substitute that we might live. Through repentance from sin and faith toward God, we turn from our self-ruled life to trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
John 1:12; 14:6; Romans 5:6-21, 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5
The church is composed of all who have experienced, through faith in Christ, the new birth into the family of God. All true believers are then members of the universal church, the body of Christ. Since the New Testament exhorts believers to gather for such purposes as worship, prayer, fellowship, sharing the Lord’s Supper, teaching of the Word, ministry to fellow Christians, and evangelism, the local church is an indispensable part of God’s plan for His people and the world. The work of parachurch groups is appreciated, but the local church is God’s chosen instrument for both the nurture of Christians and world evangelism. We believe in the spiritual unity of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and in cooperating with one another for the causes of evangelism, social action, and missions.
God created people to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Eternal separation from God is Hell. Eternal fellowship and union with God is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; Matthew 25:31-46, 19:29; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15