The following are brief, concise snippets of information on a wide range of topics in relation to the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship. There are links here to longer articles with more information. All of these are published as general information, and not as doctrine or theology for the Fellowship. All doctrine must be sustained as scripture by the body of the Fellowship. Not all members may or must fully agree with the information here, as we all learn and grow through Christ’s Grace on the Lord’s terms and understand things as the Spirit witnesses to us.
What do we believe?
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” – Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:20)
“Behold, this is my doctrine—whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church.” – Jesus Christ (Avahr 17:39)
As a Christian religion, the center of Latter Day Saint/Mormon worship is Jesus Christ. Anyone with a testimony of Jesus Christ or looking to learn of Him is welcome to worship and learn with the Fellowship of Christ, Mormon or not. We all learn and grow our our own levels and we all should grow together in Christ. The 14 Articles of Faith found in our Constitution are a modernization of the various Articles of Faith used by the original Church of Christ Joseph Smith Jr. founded. The Fellowship uses these as a foundation to explain and unite the vast Latter Day Saint/Mormon theologies. One does not have to agree with every word, nor agree on the exact meaning of each article to study and worship with us. We all grow in Grace in our own way, and our own time. Anyone who has been born again of Christ may consider themselves Fellows, and worship with us.
“We believe in God the Eternal Father and Mother, and in the Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” -Article of Faith #1
The Godhead or Trinity are titles for the deity or deities we worship. What this means evolved as Joseph Smith Jr. grew and informed the young church. With the original Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints breaking up to form new unique denominations, the nature of the Godhead or Trinity has continued to evolve in each branch of the faith.
In the Fellowship of Christ, we believe that God meets us where we are and, as an infinite being, reveals that infinite nature to us, finite beings, in a relatable way. This means that each individual will define the nature of God in their own way. What brings us together is our love of Jesus the Christ.
Sin/the Natural Man
“We believe that men and women will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam or Eve’s transgressions.” -Article of Faith #2
Adam and Eve are the first parents of our salvation, as through them not only did sin and spiritual death enter this world, but also the Gospel, that through Christ we may repent and return to our Heavenly Parents. In a sense, all men are Adam and all women Eve, as we’ve all fallen short and require Jesus Christ’s grace to save us. Mormon Kabbalah teaches us that all men and women are both Adam and Eve: the “male” desire to bestow, and the “female” desire to receive. Sin is giving into our pride, our egos. It is this battle against ourselves that every Christian faces by turning themselves over to the Grace of Jesus Christ.
“We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, through his mercy and Grace, which leads us to obey the laws and principles, and obtain the ordinances of the Gospel.” -Article of Faith #3
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Good New that we may be saved, if we but accept Christ’s Grace and be born again. Salvation is a free gift given to all those that accept Jesus, forsake their sins and move forward in Christ in teshuvah. This is a change of heart as we move away from pride and egoism to Christlike love. It is by Grace we are saved, and our works show that we have been saved. We are not perfect the moment we are born again, but we are made perfect in Christ. We cannot be saved in our sins, thus we must be born again that we can be saved from them.
Principles and Ordinances
“We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: First, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; Second, Repentance; Third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; Fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost; Fifth, the Lord’s Supper.” -Article of Faith #4
Baptism is required to enter the gates of Heaven. It is invalid if we are not born again, and unnecessary if we’ve been born again. Yet it is a sacrament – a mitzvah – we do to show we are saved. Within the Latter Day Saint movement, baptism is done by full immersion and requires two or more witnesses. All Latter Day Saint/Mormon denominations have had the keys passed down to Joseph Smith Jr. from John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John, and others. While baptism isn’t a work, it is an ordinance, it is a sign to ourselves, God, and the world that we have been born again in the grace are are covenanting to do God’s works.
“We believe the Word of God recorded in the Holy Bible; we also believe the Word of God recorded in the Book of Mormon, and in other good books. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God, and the Messiah’s Second coming.” – Articles of Faith #8 & 9
In the Fellowship of Christ we have an open canon. This means that we do not have dogmatic requirements on what one accepts or rejects as Scripture. Being a nondenominational movement, our focus is on the Bible and Book of Mormon, and have also voted to accept other scriptures to help bring souls closer to Christ. However, believe in a collection of writings is not a test of faith in this movement. It is our belief and commitment to Jesus Christ that brings us together as a people.
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