Our History and What We Believe
It all started…
In 1987, a growing number of believers in Conway began meeting together to discuss and pray about the possibility of starting a new local church. They came from various church backgrounds but had a few things very much in common. They all desired to be a part of a church where Sunday worship was authentic, personal, and free from program-driven agenda. They wanted a church where the common member was equipped to minister within the body and in the community.
After two years of commuting to Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock on Sundays, a charter was drawn up, elders were selected, and Fellowship Bible Church officially began as a local Conway church on June 1, 1989. Since then, we have held Sunday services in two warehouses and two former church buildings, moving every time we out-grew the space we were in. In 1998 we opened our current church home here at 1051 Hogan Lane. Now, 30+ years later, we continue to strive to provide a personal and authentic environment in which each person can become a more fully-devoted follower of Christ.
We believe that the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God, error-free in the original writings, and the supreme authority of faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ. We further believe that there is but one method of Bible interpretation: the literal method. The literal method recognizes the fact that the authors of Scripture meant what they said. Therefore, the literal method consistently applies the rules of grammar, literature, history, and culture to Scripture in order to unlock and understand the author’s meaning.
Scriptures: II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21, Hebrews 4:12
We believe there is but one living and true God, who is one in essence, while eternally existing in three distinct personalities: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Though each person of the Godhead possesses the same nature, each functions differently in respect to God’s dealings with man.
Scriptures: Deuteronomy 6:4
The first Person of the Trinity orders and directs all things according to His purpose, pleasure and grace. He has decreed all things that come to pass for His own glory. He graciously involves Himself in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Scriptures:Matthew 6:9, I John 5:19-24, Ephesians 1:3-6
Jesus Christ is both the eternal God the Son and virgin-born Son of man. Fully God and fully man, He surrendered nothing of His deity during His earthly life. Having led a sinless life, He satisfied the Father’s justice concerning sin by His death. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His physical ascension, and His visible return to this earth to establish His earthly kingdom.
Scriptures: John 1:14-18, I Corinthians 15, Hebrews 2:17-18, Romans 3:24-26, Colossians 2:9
The Holy Spirit
The third Person of the Trinity executes the will of God in the world of men. It is the Holy Spirit who applies the salvation Jesus Christ secured through His death on the cross. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers the church to live a lifestyle pleasing to God, endowing it with special gifts that equip believers to accomplish distinct ministries, planned beforehand by God the Father.
Scriptures: I Corinthians 12, Ephesians 2:10, John 3:1-8, John 16, 4-15, Ephesians 1:13-14, John 15:16, Galatians 5:16-25
The Nature of Man
We believe that man was directly created in the image of God to enjoy His fellowship and to fulfill God’s will on this earth. Man fell into sin by a voluntary act of personal disobedience to the will of God; consequently all men are spiritually dead and subject to the certainty of both physical and spiritual death apart from Jesus Christ. The fall of man was a once-for-all historical fact. Its spiritually deadening effect spread to all men, each of whom is born with a sinful nature and sins habitually in thought, word, and deed.
Scriptures: Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:7, Genesis 3:3-4, Romans 1:18-32, Ephesians 2:1-3
We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as the only sufficient sacrifice to unite us with God. All who believe in Him are declared justified by the Father on the grounds of Jesus’ death and resurrection. All who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by grace through faith have been regenerated by and baptized in the Holy Spirit. They are thereby the children of God forever and members in the one true church, the Body of Christ. This salvation results in righteous living and good works as the believer submits his life to the Word of God and the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Scriptures: John 14:6, Titus 3:4-7, Acts 4:12, John 1:12, Romans 3:21-26, I Corinthians 15:1-4, Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-9, Hebrews 10:10-12, I John 5:11-13, Galatians 3:26, John 1:12, 3:16, 5:24
We believe that all who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit belong to the one true church and are directed by the Scriptures to associate themselves in local, visible churches. The local church is the only visible representation of Christ’s invisible church and consists only of regenerated believers. The local church is autonomous in its relationship, and elects its own members to the biblical offices of elder and deacon. The two-fold purpose of the church is to lead men to Christ and mature them in the faith to the fullness of Christ.
Scriptures: Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 2:41-47, 4:1:16, I Corinthians 12-14, Matthew 16:13-28, 28:18-20, Ephesians 2:19-22, 24, Ephesians 4:11-16
We believe that the next great event of human history will be the personal return of Jesus Christ. This is the BLESSED HOPE, for which all those who love Jesus Christ yearn. Though the time of Christ’s return is a mystery known only to the Father Himself, we believe that it is as sure as Jesus’ first coming was fact.
Scriptures: Matthew 24:36, I Thessalonians 4:15-17, John 14:1-3, Matthew 24-25, Acts 2:9-11
We believe baptism is an important “first step” for any believer who seeks to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ. The mode is immersion. In many ways, baptism is to Christianity what a ring is to marriage.
Scriptures: I Corinthians 15:1-4, Matthew 10:32, Romans 6:3-7, 10-11
The Lord's Supper
We believe it is first and foremost a memorial of Christ and His redemptive death and second an expression of our fellowship with one another.
Scriptures:Luke 22:19, I Corinthians 11:24-25, I Corinthians 11:17-34