What We Believe

FBC Sycamore is a Bible-believing, Baptist Christian church.  Read more about our specific beliefs below.

The Bible
We believe that the Bible is God’s only written communication to us and is our ultimate source of Truth. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21)

The Trinity
We believe that God is one, yet he exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 8:6)

Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, being God, co-equal with God, created earth, sustains earth and came to live on earth as a man. He lived a perfect life, died on a cross and rose from the dead. (Colossians 1:15-17, John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

Salvation
We believe that sin separates us from God. Since we have all sinned, we each need personal forgiveness in order to have a right relationship with God. The Bible teaches that forgiveness comes with God. The Bible teaches that forgiveness comes only when we believe Jesus Christ died in our place for our sins and we personally trust him to save us. (Romans 6:23, Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8-9)

The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit lives within true believers, helping them to obey God. (John 14:26, John 16:13, 1 Corinthians 2:9-12, John 16:8).

The Church
We believe that God has many groups of people throughout the world that make up his Church. They are committed to worshiping Jesus, helping each other and doing Christ’s work until he returns. (1 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 4:11-13)

The Resurrection
We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and now is in heaven and that he will soon come back to earth to take true believers to be with him. (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)

Baptism
We believe baptism is a symbol: the old life, without Christ being buried; and the new life, with Christ being made alive. Therefore, we believe the baptism discussed in the Bible means to submerse and is conferred upon believers who can make a clear confession of faith. (Matthew 3:13-16, Acts 8:34-38

Communion
This is observed in obedience to the Lord’s command. (Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:28-29)

Church Membership
We are not instructed in the Bible to become members of a church. God’s church is composed of all churches that confess Jesus to be the Son of God. Becoming a member of FBC allows you to vote on issues discussed at church business meetings. Other than that, we are to conduct ourselves as the first century Christians did. (Acts 2) We do encourage all members to be actively serving the Lord in some capacity. (Hebrews 9:14, Ephesians 5:19-21)