What We Believe

Our Foundation of Faith

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is a Protestant denomination with distinct beliefs about the identity of the church. We place special focus on fulfilling the Great Commission through missionary efforts. We teach that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ and cannot be obtained through good works, baptism or through any other method. Our foundation is our belief in New Testament Scripture.

We believe the Bible to be God's inerrant word. We teach that God is all-powerful, eternal and triune, and that in his mercy he sent Jesus to die sacrificially for the sins of the world. We believe that Jesus will return triumphantly to earth during what is known as the Second Coming.

We believe the Bible teaches that baptism should occur following a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. The church baptizes those who have repented and trust Jesus by completely immersing them in water. The act symbolizes the death of the person's old, sinful self and their rebirth as a new creation, forgiven and redeemed by Christ. While the act of baptism does not guarantee a person salvation, it is an important symbolic act and a prerequisite for full participation in the life of the church.

 We believe that "Jesus Christ, during His personal ministry, established His Church, which is a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship, to carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ." We assert that the biblical church is a local parish of baptized believers, not an abstract concept consisting of an intangible body of all Christians across time.

We take seriously the Great Commission, Christ's directive to "make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." We believe authority to commission missionaries is a gift from Jesus specifically given to churches, and that this authority will last until Christ's return. We rely on the leadership of the Holy Spirit to guide our obedience of the Great Commission.