Beliefs

Beliefs

Fellowship Church holds to the Second London Baptist Confession (1689). For the purposes of devotion and training, we also use the Baptist Catechism. You can find them online and for free in Pastor Hall’s e-book, here.

Bulletpoints of the confession are available below, but here are some bullet-points of our beliefs for your convenience…

  • A literal reading of the Genesis creation account, including a young Earth and six-day creation
  • The supernaturality of God, including the miracles, acts, and wonders as recorded in the Holy Scriptures (for example, the Virgin Birth of Christ)
  • The plenary inspiration and inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures
  • That we are justified by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone and not by our good deeds
  • Classic Complementarian views of gender roles in the home and church
  • The sovereignty of God over all things, including divine election and salvation
  • The Ten Commandments as serving the purpose of showing us our duty (including the Sabbath as observed in the New Testament’s Lord’s Day, or Sunday), making clear our condemnation, and showing us our need for a Savior
  • The evangelism of all mankind, and a desire to share Christ’s Good News with all people
  • The Regulative Principle of worship (keeping it simple, decent, and in order)
  • Weekly communion
  • Cessationist rather than charismatic; we believe in the work of the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin, lead us to the truth, give us spiritual gifts, and produce in us spiritual fruit; we deny the gift of glossolalia (“tongues”), modern prophecy, or ongoing apostolic-level miraculous gifting to indiiduals (although we do not deny that God continues to do miracles). 
  • A repudiation of the Social Justice Movement, Critical Theory, Liberation Theology, and Marxism in all of its various forms 
  • Family Integration during the Sunday worship assembly
  • A robust view of sin in direct contrast to our culture (for example, the sinfulness of homosexuality, debauchery, drunkenness, or the attempt at transgenderism) so as to magnify the work of grace through God in Christ Jesus
  • Baptism in the Triune formula, for believers only, by immersion only
  • The autonomy of the local church, led by elders but governed by congregational polity

We are fundamentalists in our doctrinal beliefs (including courtship over recreational dating etc), but evangelical in our methodologies (for example, we do not require certain dress – except modesty – or certain hairstyles, we use drums and all forms of instrumentation in our worship, and we are not KJV-Only (sermons are preached from the ESV, with regular reference to the KJV or the original languages). Neither are we hostile to KJV-Onlyists, nor do we consider them cultists, but brothers in Christ with a different opinion. 

We are complementarian in our ecclesiology, affirming the Danver’s Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

We are inerrantist in our understanding of the Scripture, affirming the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.

We believe that the Gospel is not the same as Social Justice, affirming the Dallas Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel.

We are an autonomous and independent Baptist church in voluntary cooperation with other like-minded churches in North Dakota, Montana, Saskatchewan, and across the country.

Founded in 1980, we built our current facility in 1994. After 38 years in the Southern Baptist Convention, we left the denomination over their slide into liberalism and Critical Race Theory in 2018. Pastor Hall has served as the main preaching elder since 2008. We use the HeartCry Missionary Society as our primary missions program and support missionaries independently.

 

MEMBERSHIP

Membership can be obtained by recommendation of the elders upon completion of Fellowship 101, upon approval of a vote of the congregation. Many frequently attend our services who are not members, and are welcome to do so, but may not serve in an official capacity without membership.

We expect our members to:

  • Abide by our Church Covenant in their life and practice
  • Give financially, regularly, and sacrificially as God has prospered them
  • Attend weekly worship on the Lord’s Day, unless providentially hindered, even when traveling if possible
  • Find a place of service within the church
  • Attend Sunday School and prayer meetings as they are offered
  • Abstain from all forms of pornography and illicit or illegal drugs
  • Abstain from the abuse or gratuitous public flaunting of alcohol consumption, even if not abusing it as a substance
  • To take matters of concern directly to those it concerns, in keeping with the Lord’s commands of Matthew 18 (elders do not need to be involved in this process; any church member may be used as a witness in such matters if necessary)

An excommunication is a final act of church discipline, done only after Matthew 18 has been followed to its fullest extent, and only if there is a lack of repentance in the individual, with two exceptions (1) failure to attend worship (in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the church bylaws) is considered an act of self-excommunication and (2) those who present a clear and present danger to the church, as commanded in Titus 3:10. With the former (not the latter), excommunication is a matter decided by the entire church body, per the guidelines set forth in our bylaws and constitution, and a regularly scheduled business meeting.

Excommunication does not involve “shunning” the individual, a practice our church does not partake in. It involves restricting the individual from the Lord’s Supper, the removal of their membership, and depending upon the seriousness of their sin, perhaps the forbidding of joining in worship or accessing church functions. If excommunication is an unfortunate reality, full restoration to the Church Body may always be made by contrite confession and repentance.