of Jesus Christ
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.
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.
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.
(501 (c)3 Nonprofit Religious Corporation)
First Baptist Church of Fortuna, California is a California nonprofit religious corporation, recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Our bylaws are available upon request.
Regenerate Church Membership
The most significant mark of being Baptist is holding to believer’s baptism; the belief that only those who personally confess Christ should be recognized as saved and therefore baptized. But we also hold to the historic teaching that church membership is for the regenerate (saved). That means we affirm that every Christian must be a member of a local church to be obedient to Christ. But membership is not just a name on a list. It includes a confession, participation in the ordinances (baptism and the Lord's Supper), and evidences of grace (sanctification).
Doctrines of Grace
Salvation is clearly taught in the Scriptures. However, there are certain aspects of salvation that have caused theological division over the 2000 years of Church History. Although there is a certain amount of acceptable disagreement, we have come to believe that the Doctrines of Grace are the true and consistent teaching of the Scriptures. It is not necessary to completely understand the Doctrines of Grace when becoming a member of FBC Fortuna. However, it is necessary that you are not in good conscience opposed to the basic teachings related to these doctrines. This means, that we are patient with those who are taking time to fully comprehend and internalize the distinctive doctrines of these doctrines. The Doctrines of Grace are also known as Calvinism.
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.
1689 Baptist Confession
(1689 Second London Baptist Confession)
"Of the many confessions of faith that Baptist have produced—and they have produced a goodly number—none has been more influential than the Second London Confession, popularly known as The 1689 Confession. It was not only the confession of faith adopted by the majority of Baptists in the British Isles and Ireland from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, but it was also the major confessional document on the American Baptist scene..." (Read more at: The 1689 Confession.