What We Believe
Flatland Church Exists to help Christians grow in their faith, to accept one another, to reach out to those who do not know Christ, to serve others in humility and to joyfully honor God with their lives.
The Great Commandment
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength” Celebrating God’s presence and honoring Him with our lifestyle
“Love your neighbor as yourself”
Meeting the needs of others, with love
The Great Commission
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”
Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those who do not yet have a personal relationship with Him. We are called to be His witnesses.
“Baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit…”
True believers, knowing, caring and encouraging each other
“Teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…
Building up and strengthening believers, equipping them for maturity in Christ
Jesus Is Our Rock!
“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
ARTICLE I - STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe and earnestly contend for the divine inspiration and consequent authority of the
whole canonical Scriptures; the trinity of the Godhead; the fall of man, his consequent moral
depravity and his need for regeneration; the Deity and virgin birth of Christ; the atonement
through the substitutionary death and shed blood of Christ; the bodily resurrection,
ascension, and personal, visible, premillennial return of Christ; the Person and work of the
Holy Spirit, justification by faith; the baptism of believers by immersion, and the symbolical
Lord's Supper as a memorial feast, and the maintenance of good works by the believers as
an evidence of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
ARTICLE II - ARTICLES OF FAITH
I. The Scriptures
We believe in the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six (66)
books of the Old and New Testaments, as originally written; that it was verbally and
plenarily inspired and is the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore is infallible and
inerrant in all matters of which it speaks.
We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian unity and the supreme standard by
which all human conduct, creed and opinions shall be tried (2 Tim. 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:19-
II. The True God
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and
supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all
possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three
persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and
executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (Exo. 20:2,3; I
Cor. 8:6, Rev. 4:11).
III. Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the
Father without beginning or end, begotten not made, of one substance with the Father,
through whom all things were made; who for mankind and for our salvation came down from
the heavens, and was made flesh of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man,
and was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and died and was buried, and rose
again on the third day according to the Scriptures, that He ascended into the heavens, and
sits on the right hand of the Father, where He intercedes for the believer. At any moment He
will come again with glory to rapture His church and to judge the living and the dead, of
Whose kingdom there shall be no end.
(John 1:14, Revelation 1:18; John 1:1-4; John 10:30; Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4;
John 3:16; Romans 8:34; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Peter 4:5)
IV. The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the
Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation, that in His relation to the
unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts
of sin, and righteousness and judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony;
that He is the active Person of the Godhead in the new birth; that
He seals, indwells and baptizes the believer into the body of Christ at the moment of
salvation; that He also endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer
(John 14: 16,17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1: 1-3;John 16: 8-11;
Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Eph. 1:13, 14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33, Acts 11:16, Luke 24:49; Rom.
V. The Devil or Satan
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, the Devil; and that he was created by
God as an angel but through pride and rebellion became the enemy of his Creator; that he
became the unholy god of this age and the ruler of all the powers of darkness and is
destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire (Matt. 4:1-11; 2 Cor. 4:4,
We believe the Biblical account of the creation of the physical universe, angels and man;
that this account is neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct,
immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; that man was created by
a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life; and that all men are
descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race (Gen
1:2; Col. 1:16,17; John 1:3).
VII. The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence (in the image and likeness of God) under the
law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless and happy state,
and all men sinned in him, in consequence of which all men are totally depraved, are
partakers of Adam's fallen nature and are sinners by nature and by conduct, and therefore
are under just condemnation without defense or excuse (Gen. 3:1-6, Rom. 3:10-19; 5:12,
VIII. The Virgin Conception and Birth
We believe that Jesus was concieved of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, conceived
and born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can be born of woman, and
that He is both the Son of God and God the Son (Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt 1:18-25; Luke
1:35; John 1:4).
We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the
mediatorial offices of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who, by the appointment of the Father,
voluntarily took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, and honored the divine law by His
personal obedience, thus qualifying Himself to be our Savior, that by the shedding of His
blood in His death He fully satisfied the just demands of a holy and righteous God regarding
sin; that His sacrifice consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but
was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the just dying for the unjust,
Christ The Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree, that having risen from the dead
He is now enthroned in heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest
sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a
compassionate and all sufficient Savior. We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation.
Repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit and is an integral
part of saving faith (Jonah 2:9, Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24-25; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11;
Phil 2:7-8; Heb. 2:14-17; Isa. 53:4-7; 1 John 4:10; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24).
X. Resurrection and Priesthood of Christ
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ and in His ascension into Heaven, where He
now sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest interceding for us (Matt. 28:6-7;
Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Cor 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6, 51; Acts 1:9-11; Rev. 3:21;
Heb. 8:6; 12:2; 7:25; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; 5:9-10).
XI. Grace and the New Birth
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a
new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is istantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth
the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives
eternal life, the free-gift of God; that the new creation is brought about by our sovereign God
in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection
with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper
evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life. (John 3:3; 2
Cor. 5:17; 1 John 5:1; Acts 16:20-33; 2 Peter 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1-5; Col 2:13; John
We believe that justification is that judicial act of God whereby He declares the believer
righteous upon the basis of the imputed righteousness of Christ; that it is bestowed, not in
consideration of any work of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in
the Redeemer's shed blood (Rom. 3:24; 4:5; 5:1,9; Gal 2:16; Phil. 3:9).
We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God
accomplished in a threefold manner; first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in
Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Savior;
second, a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the
life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord's return (Heb. 10:10-14; 3:1;
John 17:17; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Cor. 1:30; Eph. 5:25-27; 1 Thess. 4:3,4; 5:23,24; 1 John 3:2;
Jude 24, 25; Rev. 22:11).
XIV. The Security of the Saints
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ
(Phil. 1:6; John 10:28-29; Rom. 8:35-39; Jude 1).
XV. The Church
We believe that the local church is an organized congregation of baptized believers,
associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of
Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them
by His Word; that its officers are Pastors (Elders) and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims
and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe in light of Acts 6:3,5; I Tim. 3:1-
13; Titus 1:5-9; and I Peter 5:1-3 that the offices of Pastors (Elders) and Deacon shall be
held by men. We believe the true mission of the Church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as
we have opportunity. On all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline,
of benevolence, the will of the local church is final (I Cor. 11:2; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Tim. 3:1-13;
Acts 2:41, 42).
We believe in the unity of all New Testament believers in the Church which is the Body of
Christ (1 Cor. 12:'12,13; Eph. 1:2?_,23; 3:1-6; 4:11.; 5:23; Col. 1:18; Acts 15:13-18).
XVI. Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe that the Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show
forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our identification with the crucified, buried and risen
Savior, through Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life; that baptism is to be performed
under the authority of the local church; and that it is prerequisite to the privileges of church
We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He come, and
should be participated in by believers only, after solemn self-examination.(Acts 8:36,38,39;
John 3:23; Rom. 6:3-5; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12; 1 Cor. 11:23-28; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:41,42).
We believe in obedience to the Biblical commands to separate ourselves unto God from
worldliness and ecclesiastical apostasy (2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 1 Thess. 1:9,10; I Tim. 6:3-5; Rom.
16:17, 2 John 9-11).
XVIII. Civil Government.
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of
human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for; conscientiously honored and obeyed;
except in those things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ Who is the only Lord of
the conscience and the corning King of Kings. In such circumstances, we must be willing to
accept the consequences of our actions, as did the apostles (Rom. 13:1-7; 2 Sam. 23:3;
Exod. 18:21,22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Acts 5:29; 4:19,20; Dan. 3:17, 18).
We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God's eternal covenant people, that she
is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, and that she will be
re-gathered in the Holy Land and, after the completion of the Church Age, will be saved as
a nation at the second advent of Christ (Gen. 13:14-17; Rom 11:1-32; Ezek. 37).
XX. Rapture and Subsequent Events
We believe in the premilieniai return of Ghrist, an event which can occur at any moment,
and that at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living
in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and all shall be caught up to
meet the Lord in the air before the seven (7) years of the Tribulation (1 These. 4:13-18; I
Cor. 15:42-44; 51-54; Phil. 3:20,21; rev: 3:10).
We believe that the Tribulation, which follows the Rapture of the church, will be culminated
by the revelation of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to
establish the millennial kingdom (Dan. 9:25-27; Matt 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Isa. 9:6,7;
11:1-9; Acts 2:29, 30; Rev. 20:1-4,6)
XXI. The Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the
wicked; that only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by
the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in
impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction
holds among men both in and after death; in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the
everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the lake of fire (Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom.
6:17-18; 1 John 5:19; Rom. 7:6,6:23; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matt. 25:34-41; John 8:21;
Rev. 20:14, 15).