The first, foremost, chief and principal doctrines at Fellowship Church Lubbock include:
• The Absolute Supremacy, Sufficiency, and Infallibility of Holy Scripture.
– Show us anything, plainly written in that Book, and we will receive it, believe it, and submit to it!
– Show us anything contrary to that Book, and however sophisticated, plausible, beautiful and apparently desirable, we will reject it, distrust it, and resist it! (Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:105; Colossians 2:8; Galatians 1:8; II Timothy 3:16-17; Jude 1:3)
• The Doctrine of Man’s Radical Sinfulness and Corruption.
– We maintain that mankind is not only radically diseased, but indeed dead in sin apart from the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. We believe that natural man can neither understand nor appreciate the gospel faith upon which we stand while he maintains an ignorance of the extent of the Fall, or of the whole doctrine of original sin and the radical depravity of the heart of sinful man. (Proverbs 21:10; Matthew 15:19; John 3:20; Romans 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-2; II Peter 3:16)
• The Finished, Sufficient Work and Office of our Lord Jesus Christ.
– Jesus is King of all kings and Lord of all lords. He is the sovereign, authoritative, Master of all, and all men everywhere are commanded to bow their knee to His loving, but absolute, authority. (I Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16)
– He is the eternal Son of God, and man’s only Representative in his guilty predicament. (I Timothy 2:5)
– Jesus’ finished, propitiatory, substitutiary redemptive work alone is sufficient to save, and it saves once and for all time. (John 8:24; Romans 5:1; Hebrews 10:10)
– We hold that sinful man can do nothing on his own to approach Christ the Savior, but that He graciously provides the elect with simple, child-like, saving faith, without which it is impossible to please God. (Mark 10:14-15; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 12:3; Hebrews 11:6)
• The Inward Work of the Holy Spirit in the Heart of Man.
– We maintain that the Holy Spirit convicts men regarding their sin, and draws men to repentance and saving faith, apart from any work on the part of man. We further maintain that the mighty works of the Holy Spirit – inward repentance, faith, hope, hatred of sin, and love of God’s Word – are vital, and always present, in the life of a true convert. “We do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (John 16:8; I Peter 1:2; II Thessalonians 2:13; Romans 8:3-4)
– We believe that to tell men to take spiritual comfort in their baptism, church membership, confessions, or creeds, when these all-important graces of the Holy Spirit are not present, is not merely a grave mistake, but cruel deception! (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:28; Romans 4:5; Romans 11:6; Galatians 2:16)
• The Outward and Visible Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life of Man
– We maintain that it is a dangerous delusion to tell a man he is “saved” “born again” or “regenerated”, while he remains unconvicted, or while he is continuing in a careless, rebellious or sinful lifestyle, or when the fruit of the Spirit is not evident in his life. (Hebrews 10:26; I John 3:7-9)
• We hold tenaciously to the grand old Reformation tenets:
– “Sola Gratia” (We are saved by grace alone…)
– “Sola Fide” (… through faith alone…)
– “Solus Christus” (…in Jesus Christ alone…)
– “Sola Scriptura” (…and we test all things by Holy Scripture alone…)
– “Soli Deo Gloria” (…to the eternal glory of God alone.)
• We stand upon the foundational, Scriptural “Doctrines of Grace”:
– The radical depravity of the heart of unredeemed man;
– The unconditional choosing by God of a particular people;
– The redemption bought by Jesus’ finished work was limited to those particular people;
– The drawing of those particular people to salvation by God’s Grace is irresistable;
– Those particular people (the Elect) will ultimately and eternally be preserved, saved and glorified.
• We stand upon the Scriptural doctrine of the absolute Sovereignty of God.
– We find rest, peace, joy and comfort in the doctrine of the absolute sovereignty of God, Who “works all things according to the counsel of his will”.
– We believe that God has orchestrated all things that man experiences and observes, and that He continues to maintain control in the same as He actively, purposefully achieves His eternal plan for the good of the elect, and for His eternal glory. (Ephesians 1:3-14)
• We believe the biblical teaching that our entire life (not just a few hours at church each week) should be an act of worship.
– Our Sunday morning service is simply intended to edify your daily life of worship.
• Fellowship Church Lubbock exists to provide a place and provisions for believers to:
– worship God (Luke 4:8; John 4:23; Revelation 4:10)
– increase in Christ-likeness and holiness (Ephesians 4:15-16)
– study and hear His Word (II Timothy 2:15; I Corinthians 4:6)
– guard and teach orthodox biblical doctrine (II Timothy 2:2)
– learn, pray and fellowship with other believers (Acts 2:42)
– love one another (John 13:35; Philippians 1:1-4)
– help and support each other (Galatians 6:2)
– partake of baptism and the Lord’s supper (Luke 22:19-20)
– learn how to live in godliness (Titus 2:11-12)
– equip the saints for ministry in evangelism (Ephesians 4:12; Matt 28:18-20)
– provide, and be subject to pastoral shepherding (I Peter 5:1-3)
– provide, and be subject to church discipline (Matthew 18:15-17), etc.
At Fellowship Church Lubbock, believers are encouraged, built up, convicted of sin, trained for servanthood, and nurtured to spiritual growth, holiness, and Christ-likeness through the ongoing proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the exposition of God’s Holy Word.
The members of FCL desire that God will be glorified as we strive to become more like Jesus, as we are empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit, to follow and serve Him in repentant obedience, always resting in His glorious finished work.
We welcome you to visit us, and worship with us at 10:00 am each Sunday!
Knowing that He is infinitely holy, righteous, just, loving and good, we will strive to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind. (I Samuel 2:2; Psalm 119:68; Psalm 145:9; Deuteronomy 32:4; I Peter 1:16; Luke 10:27)
Knowing that Jesus Christ died for us “while we were yet sinners” in rebellion against Him; and that we were commanded to forgive others just as Jesus has forgiven us, we will strive toward fellowship in unity and toward loving our neighbors as ourselves, taking no vengeance, bearing no grudge. (Leviticus 19:18; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13; Romans 12:19; Luke 10:27)
Knowing that Jesus proclaimed that His redemptive work is finished, and that our sin debt has been paid “once for all”, we will strive to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, keeping His commands, and exhorting others to enter, while entering ourselves, into the eternal Sabbath rest purchased by the finished work of our eternal Savior, Jesus Christ. (John 10:30; I Peter 5:6; I John 3:19-23; Hebrews 10:10; Colossians 2:13-14; Romans 4:8-13)
Knowing that we have been”bought with a price” and that our bodies are not our own, we will strive individually and together to honor God with our bodies, gladly receiving instruction from God’s Word, fleeing from youthful passions, conceit, controversy, quarrels, envy, discord, slander, suspicion, friction, and greed, to pursue the righteousness, godliness, faith, steadfastness, gentleness, peace, mutual edification, restoration and love that flows from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a sincere faith. (I Corinthians 6:19-20; II Timothy 2:22; Romans 14:19; I Timothy 1:5; I Timothy 6:3-13; I Thessalonians 5:22; Galatians 6:1)
Knowing that Jesus cares for us, and that He faithfully receives every burden and care that we cast upon Him, we will strive to do good and be devoted to one another in brotherly love, to give preference to one another in honor, to look out for each other’s interests, to encourage, build up, and care for one another and to bear each other’s burdens, so fulfilling the law of Christ. (I Peter 5:7; Philippians 2:4; Galatians 5:14, 6:2,10; Romans 12:10; I Thessalonians 5:11)
Knowing that God’s inerrant and holy Word and Will has been accurately revealed and delivered to us in the sixty-six books of Scripture, penned by human authors, but directly inspired by the Holy Spirit; and that God has faithfully provided His Word to mankind for millennia, sovereignly protecting it from error and extinction, and causing it to be useful for man’s personal and spiritual benefit by the work of the Holy Spirit, we will strive to stand together upon the firm foundation of Truth found in only His Holy Word, fully placing our trust in the whole counsel of the Bible, looking nowhere else for truth or instruction. (Jude 1:3; II Peter 1:21; Acts 20:27; II Timothy 3:15-17; I Corinthians 2:12-13)
Knowing that God has provided His Church with pastors-teachers who are appointed according to His sovereign will to shepherd and equip the Church “for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up”, we will strive to devote ourselves to study God’s Word under their sound, biblical teaching with the goal of being prepared to serve Jesus, imitating Him to become more and more like Him.
Knowing that our local congregation has been established by God to be a lampstand, radiating the glorious light of the Gospel to the world, we will strive to maintain a deep love for proclaiming the good news of man’s redemption through God’s Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.
Knowing that Jesus has commanded us to “Go and make disciples”, we will go; to our lost neighbors as individuals – to our city as a local congregation – and to the world as missionaries, and we will strive to teach all things that He has commanded, and to proclaim the good news of reconciliation with God through the finished work of Jesus Christ, crucified and resurrected.
Knowing that God has graciously promised to care for us, and faithfully provide all of our needs, we will strive to be hospitable, generous and giving of our time, money and resources, cheerfully supporting the mission of our church and like-minded ministries and missions, for the gospel to go forth for the glory of God alone.
Knowing that “God’s love abides in us,” and since we have been blessed with “the world’s goods,” we will strive to be generous and sacrificial in our giving to support those in need, both within and without our congregation, not “closing our hearts against them.” From our abundance we will also strive to generously and sacrificially support the work and ministries of our local church. (I John 3:17)