E. FCA Leadership Commitment Statements
1. Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the only inspired, trustworthy and true, without error, Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe there is only one God who eternally exists in three persons:Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
We believe Jesus Christ is God, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His death that paid for our sin through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension/rising up to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory. (John 1:1; Matthew 1:18,25; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 9:15-22; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:9-11;Hebrews 9:27-28)
We believe that acceptance of Jesus Christ and the corresponding renewal of the Holy Spirit are the only paths to salvation for lost/sinful men and women. (John 3:16; John 5:24; Titus 3:3-7)
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, who lives within andguides Christians so they are enabled to live godly lives. (John 14:15-26;John 16:5-16; Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe in eternal life, and that through belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, we spend eternity with the Lord in Heaven. We believe that in rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive eternal suffering in hell. (Matthew 25:31-46; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, that all believers are members of His body, the Church. (Philippians 2:1-4)
We believe God’s design for sexual intimacy is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman to complement and complete each other. God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9)
We believe that God created all human beings in His image. Therefore, we believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end; that we must honor the physical and spiritual needs of all people; and by following Christ’s example, we believe that every person should be treated with love,dignity and respect.(Psalm 139:13;Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah1:5; Matthew22:37-39; Romans 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10)
2. Focus on the Gospel of Christ
FCA’s ministry presents Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Speaking in tongues, healings, prophesying, and baptism are a part of the Christian experience for many people; however, FCA chooses not to focus on them but on the basics of the gospel of Christ.
3. FCA’s Student Leadership Statement
Just as “captains” are held to a higher standard for their team, FCA Student Leaders are held to a higher standard of biblical lifestyle and conduct. God desires all of His people, especially leaders, to pursue His standards of holiness through their conduct and obedience. Paul the Apostle instructed young Timothy to live similarly in 1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT):“Do not let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith,and your purity [chastity].”
FCA Student Leaders are not always perfect examples, but they do their best to live and conduct themselves in accordance with biblical values and instruction in order to glorify God. If there are questions about what God says regarding how we live our lives,FCA encourages student leaders to look to the Bible as their Playbook and speak to an FCA adult volunteer or staff member if there are further questions.
4. FCA’s Christian Character and Mission
To express and exercise FCA’s Christian beliefs, all FCA representatives shall contribute to FCA’s Christian character and mission. Accordingly,each FCA representative shall be expected to model FCA’s Christian beliefs for the larger community, perform all of their duties as a service to God and comply with the following obligations.
Beliefs. Each FCA representatives shall affirm their agreement with FCA’s Christian beliefs and shall not subscribe to or promote any religious beliefs inconsistent with these beliefs.
Christian Conduct Standards. FCA Representatives shall at all times (both during working and non-working hours) endeavor to conduct themselves in a manner that affirms biblical standards of conduct in accordance with FCA’s Christian beliefs. Such conduct standards include FCA’s Youth Protection Policy, and Student Leadership Statement.Distinctly Christian Activities. Each FCA Representative shall be ready,willing and able to lead or contribute to distinctly Christian activities such as worship and prayer services.