Tell me about the theology of Peace Fellowship.
As a non-denominational, evangelical congregation, we think that our theological variances make us stronger—while we may not always agree, we are committed to loving one another and trusting that our common faith in Jesus is enough to bind us together. It is worth noting that due to our founding pastor’s initial credentialing in the Mennonite Church USA, through the years we have always had some members come and go with similar backgrounds in “historic peace churches.” Specifically, beginning in the late 1400’s, Mennonites were followers of Menno Simons, a Protestant reformer. Among other distinct values such as pacifism, they believed only adults could make a decision to follow Jesus Christ and be baptized. While we recognize our particular theological connectedness here, we affirm our church’s identity to embrace the wide, diverse streams of Christianity. More than anything, we want our church to be used by God in simple though powerful ways to lift high the matchless name of Jesus. We desire to make disciples and be instruments of peace, reconciliation, and real relationships in our neighborhood and city. We trust the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit to guide us in this important work.
Do you have a Statement of Faith?
Sure do. We are so glad that you asked. Here it is.
- The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of human beings and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.
- In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
- That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict human beings of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
- That human beings were created in the image of God but fell into sin and, therefore, are lost; only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and new life be obtained.
- That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and, thus become children of God.
- That water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.
- That the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head.
- That only those who are, thus, members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.
- That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.
- In the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
12. In the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.