PLEASE READ OUR CORE DOCTRINES & THEOLOGICAL DISTINCTIVES AND FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW
We believe in one God eternally existing as one essence and three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, each of whom is fully God, equal in power and glory.
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice.
CREATION AND PROVIDENCE
We believe that God created the world from nothing and is sovereign over all things at all times in all places.
We believe that all humanity is created in the image of God and possesses intrinsic dignity, beauty, and worth.
We believe that sin has broken all things, leaving each person and the world in desperate need of restoration and salvation.
We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone.
We believe that the Church is the body of Christ sent into the world to be the living proof of a loving God.
We believe that Jesus Christ is returning to the world in the future to judge the living and the dead, consummate His Kingdom and make all things new.
The following theological distinctives reflect some of what might distinguish Fellowship Nashville from other churches who would affirm the same basic doctrines. These distinctives indelibly shape the way that Fellowship Nashville is led and the direction the church is headed. We do not expect all members to embrace all aspects of these distinctives, but covenant members should expect that the distinctives will be maintained in all ministry environments at Fellowship Nashville, and covenant members may not teach contrary to them.
SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD IN SALVATION
The salvation of humanity is fundamentally the work of God. Before the foundation of the world, God elected His people, setting His affection and grace upon them (Rom. 8:29-30). In love God predestined His people for adoption (Eph. 1:4-6). Faith is a gift of grace that is given by the mercy and pleasure of God, so that no one may boast. Apart from the intervention of God, humanity cannot choose of his own accord to worship God and pursue righteousness (Rom. 3; Eph. 2:1-3). God’s sovereignty in salvation is comprehensive: from first to last, all of salvation is the work of God.
COMPLEMENTARY GENDER ROLES
Men and women are absolutely equal in essence, dignity and value but are distinct by divine design. As part of God’s good created order, men and women are to have different yet complementary roles and responsibilities in the church. Men and women are both expected to lead; however, the office of elder is entrusted to qualified men who are held accountable to God for their servant leadership (1 Tim. 3; Titus 1).
GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The gifts of the Holy Spirit that we see on display in the New Testament are still active within the life of the church. Some gifts of the Holy Spirit, however, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of miraculous healing, were given to certain individuals as authenticating signs for the early church (Acts 8:14; 10:44-48; 11:15-18; 19:1-6) and not as final evidence of God’s presence in a believer’s life nor as confirmations of a “second blessing” or subsequent filling of the Spirit. Furthermore, we believe the gift of tongues in the New Testament always presents itself as a known language (Acts 2:6-13).
BAPTISM BY IMMERSION
The precedent we find in the New Testament is baptism following conversion by immersion into water. Baptism by immersion is meant to symbolically depict the believer’s real union to Christ in His death and resurrection (Rom. 6:1-14).