The Bible was given to man as the revelation of His will and as a guide for life and truth. (2 Timothy 3:16)
Many men wrote the Bible over a period of many years and that these men were miraculously led by the Holy Spirit of God. (2 Peter 1:21)
The family here at the Franklin Church believes their writings were preserved and accepted by the early church, and we accept the Bible as God’s written and authoritative message for all men.
We believe in one God, and He is the Creator of all things visible and invisible. God loves us more than we can imagine.
He has revealed Himself as a loving Father of all people, as a divine human Son named Jesus, and as the Holy Spirit. (John 16-17)
These three entities are equal and the same and yet are individual in purpose. (John 10:30)
God is not limited in any way by His creation or our ideas about Him. (Romans 13:1-2)
Everything that exists was designed by God to be cared for and enjoyed. (Genesis 1)
He has a plan for what He created and will accomplish His purposes in the end. (Jeremiah 29:11)
God, out of His love for the whole world, became flesh, a man, through His Son, Jesus the Christ.
He was miraculously conceived within the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:35) and became flesh and blood (John 1:1-16) without ceasing to be God.
He lived a sinless life, provided a perfect example for how we should live, and performed many miracles to confirm His divinity. (Colossians 1:15-20)
He died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice, paying the debt for our sins. (1 Peter 2:21-25)
On the third day after His death He arose from the dead showing His victory over sin and death. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
He appeared to His disciples and then ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of God personally interceding on our behalf. (1 Corinthians 15:5-8; Acts 1:9-11)
God created all people in His image to care for and so they would enjoy His creation. (Genesis 1:26)
God unconditionally loves the people He created. (1 John 4:10)
All humans have sinned by personally violating God's will for living, and the penalty of sin is spiritual death or separation from God. (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23, 6:23)
Through His grace, God invites every person to be part of His family and to have a personal relationship with Him. (John 1:12; 1 John 3:1a)
Humans are incapable of having personal relationships with God by their own merit or nature. (Ephesians 2:8)
God desires for us to love Him because we want to love Him and not because we have to love Him. (1 John 3)
We believe the scriptures clearly teach that there is a conscious personal existence after death. All individuals dying without Christ will suffer eternally, while those in Christ will enjoy eternal blessedness. Christ will return to judge the world and receive the saved.
We believe that our salvation is by God's free grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The central purpose of God's revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Him. We deserve hell, not heaven. We cannot earn what God has done for us through Christ. Even our deepest remorse over our sins cannot undo the past or erase the harm already done. Forgiveness is a divine work. We can be made new through our belief in Christ. Salvation is the free gift of God. The death of Jesus on the cross is the only sufficient payment for our sins. All have sinned, but all can be saved. (Romans 3:23, 6:23) This salvation is available for anyone who puts their trust in Jesus as their Savior. (John 3:16) Those trusting Jesus should repent of sin, confess their faith and be baptized by immersion. (Romans 10:9, Acts 2:38) Those who truly believe are completely secure and safe in God's grace (John 10:27- 29).
We believe that authentic faith expresses itself in repentance and immersion in Jesus' name. Repentance is our sincere acknowledgement that God's judgment against sin is just, and water baptism is our confession of the sufficiency of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus to save us from sin. We believe that baptized believers are called to a life of discipleship that imitates Christ's own. He is our perfect model in all things. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we pursue all that is holy and learn to abhor the sinful things that once appealed to us. By the same power, we seek to honor God with spiritual worship, unity with our fellow believers, and service to our neighbors near and far.
The church family is composed people on the earth who have accepted God’s gift of salvation by trusting in Jesus to make them right with God the Father. These people are called Christians. The church is His family and they become the instrument which fills His purposes in this world. (Matthew 28:18-20)
God has given His family, the church, ways in which we can draw close to Him on a personal level and be given His blessings. (Ephesians 4:1-16)
These include praying to Him, worshipping Him, taking of communion, the Lord's Supper, preaching about Him, studying the Bible as His personal word to the world, understanding spiritual gifts, and reaching out to one another as God’s family, (Acts 2:42-47).
Jesus will one day return at some time and point no one knows and will judge all people (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
Unbelievers will be separated from God's presence in Hell and believers will be welcomed in God's presence in Heaven, where we will live with the Lord forever. (Revelation 20:11-15)