What does Fourth believe?
At Fourth, we hold these doctrines essential to our faith:
THE BIBLE is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under supernatural guidance by the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme and final authority for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error in the original autographs.
Psalm 19:7; 1 Peter 2:2; John 17:17; Psalm 119:105–160; Proverbs 30:5; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:20–21
GOD exists eternally and reveals Himself in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), each having the same nature, attributes, and perfections that are worthy of the same worship and confidence.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 3:16–17; 28:19; John 1:1–2; 14; 10:30; 14:15–17; Acts 5:3–4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14
HUMANKIND is created in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. However, man is sinful. Thus, he is alienated from God and in need of salvation. Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are literal places of eternal existence.
Genesis 1:26–27; Ephesians 2:1–3; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:9–18, 23; Isaiah 59:1–2; John 3:16; 1 John 2:25; 5:11–13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 15:21–22
We believe that God has ordained marriage as the joining of one man and one woman. We believe that God has commanded that intimate sexual activity be set apart within the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender. We believe that God’s gift of sex is corrupted and perverted by sin into expressions such as homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, pedophilia, incest, fornication, adultery, pornography, and other forms of sexual immorality.
Genesis 1:27-28; 2:24; 19:5-7,13; 26:8-10; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 7:2; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4
JESUS CHRIST is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Hebrews 1:1–2; 4:14–15; 7:25;
Matthew 1:22–23; Luke 1:30–35; John 1:1–5, 10–14; 14:10–30; Colossians 2:9; 1 Corinthians 15:3–4; Romans 1:3–4; Acts 1:9–11; 1 Timothy 6:14–15
SALVATION is God’s free gift to any person who will believe that Jesus Christ’s death is the sufficient and necessary requirement for eternal life. No act of Christian obedience, preceding or following faith in Christ, may be added to or considered a part of faith as a condition for receiving eternal salvation. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ by faith. John 3:16–18; 4:10; 6:47; Acts 16:31; Romans 4:5; Ephesians 2:8–9; Titus 3:5; Revelation 22:17
THE HOLY SPIRIT is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
Acts 5:3–4; 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 3:5; 16:7–13; 14:16–17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 6:19; 12:13; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; 5:18; Galatians 5:25; Romans 8:29
THE RETURN OF CHRIST for the Church could occur at any moment. This “blessed hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. Jesus will physically return to earth to set up His kingdom, and there will be a new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
John 14:1–3; 1 Corinthians 15:51–52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; Titus 2:11–14; Revelation 22:7, 12, 20; Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; Zechariah 14:2–4; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 19:11–16; 20:4–6; 21:1
THE ORDINANCES are to be observed commemorating Christ’s works for the church: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. Individuals practice baptism as a symbolic expression of personal identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper is practiced corporately as a symbolic reminder of His provision for salvation. These acts, however, are not to be regarded as a means of salvation, but both are an evidence of obedience and fellowship with the Lord.
Matthew 28:19–20; Acts 8:12, 35–38; Luke 22:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–29; Ephesians 2:8–9