Our Beliefs

The Fountain Church is a part of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, an evangelical denomination that had its founding in 1800.  The denomination’s Confession of Faith of 1815 is our basic doctrinal position today.

                                           
1. The Triune God

            We believe in the only true God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that these three are one–the Father in the Son, the Son in the Father, and the Holy Spirit equal in essence or being with both.This triune God not only created the heavens and the earth and everything in them, but sustains, governs, protects, and supports it all.

2. Jesus Christ, the Son

            We believe that Jesus Christ is both God and man.  He became a man by the power of the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary and was born of her.  He is the Savior and Mediator of the whole human race, if they accept with full faith in Christ the grace offered in him.
We believe that Jesus suffered and died on the cross for us, was buried, arose again on the third day, ascended into heaven, and now sits at the right hand of God interceding for us. He will come again at the last day to judge the living and the dead.

3. The Holy Spirit, Comforter and Guide

            We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal in being with the Father and the Son. He comforts the faithful, and guides them into all truth.

4. The Church

            We believe in a holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the resurrection of the body, and eternal life.

5. The Holy Bible and Salvation

            We believe that the Bible, Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God.  It contains the only true way to our salvation.  Every true Christian is bound to acknowledge and receive it, with the influence of the Spirit of God, as the only rule and guide.
We believe that without faith in Jesus Christ, true repentance, forgiveness of sins, and following after Christ, no one can be a true Christian.

6. The Salvation Message

            We also believe that what is contained in the Bible—the fall in Adam and redemption through Jesus Christ—shall be preached throughout the world.

7. The Christian Ordinances

            We believe that the ordinances—baptism, and the remembrance of the sufferings and death of Christ—are to be in use and practiced by all Christian churches.
We also believe that all of God’s children are to practice these ordinances, but the manner in which they practice them should always to be left to the judgment and understanding of the individual. Whether or not to practice footwashing is also to be left to the individual.
No minister should, either in public or in private, criticize any of his brethren whose judgment and understanding in these respects differ from his own.  Whoever does so shall be considered a traducer of his brethren, and shall be answerable for it.