- What Denomination is this Church?
A Church is not a building, but a body of people united in faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior, and dedicated to His service as Lord. We are Bible-based in our faith and practice. We are also dedicated to each other in love, to support and care for one another, and to build one another up spiritually. Forge Road Bible Chapel follows the directions and pattern given the New Testament for the meeting and work of the Church. As the Bible does not provide for "denominations" within the Church, we are Christians gathered only to the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are independent of any secular or religious order, but fellowship with all those who love the Lord Jesus. (I Corinthians 1; Acts 11)
- Who is the Pastor of the Church?
The Head of the Church is Jesus Christ. By the Holy Spirit, the shepherding of the Church is entrusted to godly men, who the Bible calls "elders." Elders serve as a group, without any one person having prominence. The practical necessities of the ministry are handled by those recognized by the Church as "deacons." However, every Christian has spiritual gift for work in the ministry of the Church. Therefore, no ministry is committed unto just one person; but depends upon the combined service of all. (Acts 6 and 20; I Timothy 3; Titus 1; Ephesians 4)
- What is the Lord's Supper?
On the night before He died, Jesus asked His disciples to remember Him in the breaking of bread and the drinking of the cup. This instruction is repeated to the early Church, and was practiced by it on the first day of the week. This meeting focuses on the Lord's death, which is His great sacrifice for us. In it, we worship the Lord Jesus, declare His worthiness, and express our thanksgiving for what He has done. (Matthew 26; I Corinthians 11)
- What does it mean to be an active participant in the fellowship of believers at Forge Road Bible Chapel?
A person who (1) has been born again, i.e., has received the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; (2) strives to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord, obedient to the standards of His Word; (3) appreciates the significance of and participates in the fellowship of the Lord's Supper at FRBC; (4) is in agreement with the doctrinal statement of FRBC; (5) participates in the use of his/her spiritual gift in the ministries of FRBC; (6) encourages and supports the ministries of other believers at FRBC; (7) supports the leadership of the Deacons and Elders at FRBC; (8) supports the fellowship and meetings of FRBC; (9) joins in corporate prayer support for the ministry and Christians at FRBC; (10) helps with the financial support of FRBC.
- How do I Become a Member of the Church?
The Church consists of all persons who are born again through faith in Jesus Christ. The Church is not "joined" by a ceremony or process; but the Lord adds to His Church those who are saved. Therefore, rather than keep a membership list, we emphasize that a person is in fellowship at a local church. To be in fellowship means to be committed to that body of believers, in agreement with its doctrine, in support of its goals, and committed to one another in love. Christians in a local church should continue together in doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer. We welcome all those who are saved by faith in Jesus Christ to join with us in this fellowship. (Matthew 16; Luke 10; Acts 2)