We believe that in the beginning, God created everything. But because of sin, the world was broken. Sin is any action that places self above God and is consequently worthy of punishment. Therefore sinners are in need of forgiveness and salvation. The good news is that Jesus' life, death, and resurrection provides this forgiveness.
Calvinism is a simple way of understanding what the Bible teaches about how a person is saved. It emphasizes the sovereignty of God and his eternal decrees. Although it is called "Calvinism" (after John Calvin), we believe it is simply Biblical Christianity. Calvinism is best known by an acronym: T.U.L.I.P. (Wording from gracefamilybaptist.net)
Any theology that affirms God’s Sovereignty and election can never be applied in contradiction to God’s command to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20) and to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:6). Any theology that pits election against evangelistic fervor is anti-Christ. Therefore, we unashamedly and whole heartily participate in evangelism at home and missions abroad.
Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”):
The Bible alone is our highest authority.
Sola Fide (“faith alone”):
We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ. Sola Gratia (“grace alone”):
We are saved by the grace of God alone. Solus Christus (“Christ alone”):
Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King. Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”):
We live for the glory of God alone.
As the reformation continued various theological traditions began to emerge articulating distinctive theological views. This includes a baptistic (Baptist) view of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (communion). The most significant mark of being baptistic is holding to believer’s baptism; the belief that only those who personally confess Christ should be recognized as saved and therefore baptized.
Statement of Faith
(Baptist Faith & Message 2000)
The preaching and teaching of FBC Fortuna are firmly rooted in Reformed Theology and our statement of faith is the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 (BFM2000). Even though there may be some disagreement among members about certain doctrines the BFM2000 is the extent of disagreement that we can maintain while holding onto unity and fellowship. Read BFM2000.