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Articles of Faith

     We recognize the clear teachings of the Scriptures and trust in them as our only source of authority for all beliefs and practices.  Faith Bible Church therefore subscribes to the following Articles of Faith.

1)  THE HOLY SCRIPTURES – The Bible (Old and New Testaments) is the Word of God, verbally inspired, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God breathed.  2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matt. 5:18.

2)  THE GODHEAD – We believe in one God, eternally existing and manifesting Himself to us in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 1:1-2.

3)  THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST – We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.  John 1:1-2, 12, 14; Luke 1:35.  He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice.  Our justification is made sure by His literal physical resurrection from the dead.  Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:17; 1 Peter 1:3.

We believe that Jesus ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate. Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2.

4)  THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.  We believe that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, and that He indwells and seals every believer unto the day of redemption.  John 16:8-11; 2 Cor. 3:6; 1 Cor 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14.  We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.  John 16:13; 1 John 2:20, 27; Eph. 5:18.

5)  THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN – We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God.  Every person born into the world is morally corrupt, enslaved to sin and is, apart from the grace of God, utterly unable to choose to follow God or choose to turn to Christ in faith for salvation. Gen. 1:26, 27; Rom. 3:22, 23; Rom. 5:12; Eph 2:1-3, 12.

6)  SALVATION – We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.  Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18,19.  We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.  John 6:37-40; John 10:27-30; Rom 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5.  We believe God’s Word clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15.  We believe that every saved person possesses a new nature, yet still has the potential to revert to the flesh, but provision has been made for victory of the new nature over the flesh through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  Rom 6:13; 8:12-13, 18; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9.  We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord.  2 Tim. 3:1-5; Rom 12:1-2; 14:13; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 1:9-11.

7)  MISSIONS – We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word and through giving of time and resources, to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind.  Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:14-20.

8)  THE CHURCH – We believe that the Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons.  Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament.  Acts 14:27; 20:17: 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11.  We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free of any external authority or control.  Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; 1 Cor. 3:9-11; 1 Cor. 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4.

9) THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN – We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall.  He is the open and declared enemy of God and man.  He will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.  Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev 20:10.

10)  THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST – We believe in that “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones to establish His millennial Kingdom.  1 Th 4:13-18; Zech 14:4-11; Rev 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 1 Th 1:10; 5:9; Rev 3:10. 

11)  THE ETERNAL STATE – We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.  Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; John 11:25-26; Rev 20:5, 6,12,13.  We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.  Luke 23:43; Rev. 20:4-6; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 1 Th. 4:16,17.  We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when the soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne judgement; and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment.  Luke 16: 19-28; Matt. 25:41-46; 2 Th. 1:7-9; Jude 1:6-7; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 20:11-15.

 

Dick Carr

Dick has been an elder at Faith Bible Church since 2016.  He grew up in Connecticut, but while attending college in Wyoming in the 70’s, started on the path to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ through a street ministry in Denver, Colorado – while reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.  He and his wife Lynne have been married for 42 years.  After living in Maine, North Carolina and Egypt, they moved to Reno in 1989.  They have two precious grown daughters and a much-loved son-in-law.  Dick is a retired geologist and reclamation specialist by profession and has degrees in geology from the University of Wyoming and Dartmouth College.  He has been active in missions since 1995, having spent time with indigenous believers in India, Africa, and Central and South America.  He now spends most of his time as a teaching elder leading the Adult Sunday School, Men’s Fellowship and a home fellowship Bible study, as well as pursuing a passion for photography.  Favorite scriptures include Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 1:20 and all of Isaiah 53.

Martin Fiesser

Martin has been an elder at Faith Bible Church since 2016.  He was born in Germany, came to Reno in 1979, and started at Faith Bible Church that same year.  In 1980 he attended the Billy Graham Crusade. Over the years Martin has been active in various Kids Programs, including AWANA, leading them to the High School level at Faith Bible Church.  He also became one of the leaders in local Christian Singles Group called Single People Loving And Serving Him (SPLASH) leading activities and a weekly Bible Study.  He has a teenage son and daughter.  Favorite scriptures include Matthew 17:20-21 and Ephesians 4:11.

Mark Cordano

Mark is one of the preaching elders at Faith Bible Church since 2022. Mark was thirteen years old when the Lord saved Him. A Reno/Sparks native, he attended Agnes Risley Elementary school, Sparks Middle School, Sparks High School and the University of Nevada-Reno majoring in Elementary Education. Mark has been a barber for the last 26 years and is the owner of Gentlemen’s Barber shop in Northwest Reno. He has been married to his beautiful wife Jenni for the last 26 years and has two children, Morgan and Haden. Mark’s hobbies are playing golf, reading, and enjoying a good documentary. His favorite book is the biography of George Whitfield by Arnold Dallimore, and his favorite book of the Bible is Romans.