The fundamental principles of our religion is the testimony of the apostles and prophets concerning Jesus Christ, that he died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended up into heaven; and all other things are only appendages to these, which pertain to our religion.”
–Joseph Smith Jr. Elders’ Journal, July 1838, page 44
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. As a nondenominational ecumenical movement, beliefs will vary from Saint to Saint. All of these are published as general information, and not as doctrine or theology for the Fellowship.
What we believe
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” –Matthew 18:20
The center of Christian worship is Jesus Christ. Everyone learns and grows in their way and we all should grow together in Christ. 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
In the Fellowship of Christ, we believe that God meets us where we are and, being infinite, reveals that 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 and discipleship in 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
Sin (egoism) is seeking our own desires rather than seeking to receive what God desires for us. We cannot be punished for what others do, as only our own pride and egos can keep us way from God.
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 of God’s love for us, His creation. Salvation is a free gift given to all the moment we are born again, our hearts are open to the love of God.
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
By building a personal relationship with God, the Holy Spirit moves us to desire the Sacraments that show the world we are saved. While no work can save us (Ephesians 2:8-9), these rituals help provide markers as we grow in the Grace of Jesus Christ.
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.