Values & Beliefs
At Fellowship Dallas all that we are and all that we do is built on the foundation of six core values that we live out personally, locally and globally:
- Dependence on God through Worship and Prayer - We worship and pray to God in recognition of His holiness and supremacy and as confession of our humanity and need, and He rewards us with a deeper knowledge and experience of Himself. Mark 14:3-9; John 4:23-24; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
- Culture of Grace - We extend to all people the unmerited love, acceptance and forgiveness that we ourselves have received from God through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:2-10; 2:1-10
- Biblical Truth - We learn and live by the timeless standard of God's inspired Word, making it the lens through which we view our relationships, circumstances and decisions. 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; Colossians 1:28
- Authentic Community - We pursue honest, caring and encouraging relationships that follow the model set for us by the Trinity, and that lead to maturity in Christ for all. John 13:34-35; Ephesians 4:2-16; Romans 12:3-8
- Missional Living - We go out and actively share God's love, grace and truth with those in our spheres of influence, in our community and in the world, just as Jesus went out from the Father to save the world. Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 1 Peter 3:15-16
- Leaving a Legacy - We sustain the Christian faith and prepare future leaders by the intentional transfer of the gospel and all biblical truth, knowledge and wisdom from person to person and generation to generation. Romans 15:14; Ephesians 6:4; 1 Timothy 1:18; 2 Timothy 2:2
Following is a summary of our beliefs about the Bible, God, Humanity, Jesus, the Christian Life, the Church, Communion, and Baptism. Click here for our full Doctrinal Statement (PDF).
- About The Bible - We believe the Bible is inspired by God, without error in the original manuscripts, and the final authority on all matters about which it speaks.
- About God - We believe in one God who exists as three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe that God the Son became flesh in Jesus Christ, who was born of the Virgin Mary, and is both God and man in one person.
- About Angels - We believe that angels are created beings and are therefore not to be worshiped. They are created to serve God and to worship Him.
- About Satan - We believe that Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against his Creator, by taking numerous angels with him in his fall, and by introducing sin into the human race. Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- About Humanity - We believe that the first man and woman were created in God's image and thus all humans have great value in God's sight. But when the first couple sinned, they brought both physical and spiritual death to the human race. As a result all human beings are born with a sinful nature, commit acts of sin in their lives, and must be reconciled to God through the death of Jesus Christ.
- About What Christ Did For Us - We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, physically rose from the dead, and that He brings salvation and forgiveness to all who truly believe in Him. We believe that this salvation is a gift we receive through faith and it cannot be earned by any human effort.
- About The Christian Life - We believe that sinless perfection is impossible in this life, and that Christians still experience sin and suffering in this world. Nevertheless, God has made provision for us to live an effective spiritual life through the Holy Spirit, who lives in our hearts and empowers us.
- About The Church - We believe the Church, both worldwide and local, should be a witness to the contemporary world. The ministry, worship, and teaching of each local church should creatively adapt to the particular culture it feels called to reach, but without compromising Biblical absolutes. We also believe in the unity of the local church and therefore reject an emphasis on, or teaching of, unclear doctrines in a way that threatens division.
- About End Times - We believe that Jesus’ promised return is imminent. That is, He could descend from heaven at any moment, known only to God, to gather the Church together with Him for eternity. Christians should live in a state of readiness in light of future events foretold in scripture. God’s future plan for the Church provides hope and perspective as we serve the Lord in light of what is to come.
- About Communion - We serve communion the first Sunday of every month at all services. We encourage our community groups to participate in communion together as often as they would like since the early church shared the Lord's Supper "from house to house." In most Bible churches communion is served regularly but sparingly in order to keep it from becoming an empty ritual.
- About Baptism - We practice what is often called "believer's baptism." That is, we believe that baptism is a symbolic, public, visible demonstration of an invisible, inner work of God that occurs when a person believes in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and is then indwelt by the Holy Spirit. We do not baptize babies and we encourage the head of each household to baptize their children since we believe that those who lead their families are truly ministers in the home.