What Do We at FCC Believe?
Congregationalists accept the Bible as a sufficient rule in matters of faith and practice. We seek to base our doctrine, our conduct, and our church government upon Scriptural foundations.
As adherents to the historic Christian faith, Congregationalists subscribe to the tenets of the Apostles' Creed and the congregational movement was inspired and shaped by the Protestant Reformation. Our uniqueness is in our "congregational" governance.
"Truly, I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them" (Matthew 18:18-20).
THE HEADSHIP OF CHRIST OVER THE LOCAL CHURCH. We believe even the smallest gathering of saints in a particular locality is blessed by the presence of Christ. The promise of Jesus is that "where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them." Christ is the guiding head over every local congregation and he reveals his will in the consensus of the congregational meeting.
THE COMPLETENESS OF THE LOCAL CHURCH. God has given to the local Church every power needed for its spiritual functions. We claim the priesthood of believers who are thus called and gifted for ministry. "Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven" was not promised to an institution but to those gathered in Jesus Christ.
THE AUTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH. Congregationalism recognizes the equal rights of all believers and the autonomy of the local church. Self-government under God is the distinct polity of churches in the congregational way. We do not depend on the authority of any outside ecclesiastical councils or clergy hierarchy, but on Christ Jesus himself.
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCHES. In the New Testament Churches associated with one another as equals. The early Churches related to each other in an atmosphere of mutual love not hierarchy. Congregational churches have resisted an independent spirit and associated with others in regional and national associations for Christian fellowship, mutual accountability and shared mission.