Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we use the NASB as the Bible of choice.
Pastor Ted's Response: For many years, about 30 years ago, I used the King James Version (KJV). By far, it has been the most time honored version of Scripture since it was translated in 1611. To my joy, I saw more and more folks coming into the church and giving their life to the Lord. I found that, not only did I need to teach these great folks the Word of God, I had to stop and explain a lot of the language found in the old 1611 wording. This brought me to the decision of using the New International Version (NIV). The NIV is great version of the Bible and I used it for quite a few years. Here was my dilemma. Although the NIV is an excellent Bible and accepted worldwide as a major translation work, it lacked the accuracy in some of the wording I sought as a Bible teacher. I found myself constantly referring back to the KJV to point out a word usage that was important to the context of the Bible. After many years, I chose the New American Standard Bible (NASB) to fill my need as a teacher of God’s Word. The original American Standard Version (ASV) was published in 1901 and has been highly regarded for its accuracy and scholarship. The Lockman Foundation felt an urgency to preserve this valuable translation by incorporating recent discoveries of Hebrew and Greek textual sources and rendered it into a more current English. Therefore, in 1959 a new translation project was launched. The completed NASB was offered to the public in 1971. I find the NASB to hold the accuracy of the original KJV and the easy reading of the NIV; a perfect fit to teach the Word of God.
What denomination is Fowlers Mill Christian Church?
FMCC is a nondenominational or independent church; we are a Bible-believing church. We believe Jesus is Lord and God's Word is the final authority on all matters pertaining to life and godliness. In the church world, we would be known as a Christian or Spirit-filled church.
What is a Spirit-filled Christian and what is a Spirit-filled church?
Unfortunately, labels have become a part of our culture. These days, it seems like it's not enough to say that you are a Christian, but rather, we are required to define what type of Christian. By definition a "Christian" is a Christ-follower; a believer. As Christians, we believe that Jesus is Lord and through His shed blood and death on the cross, His burial and His resurrection, we received forgiveness from sin and eternal life. Jesus' blood is God's only remedy for man's sin. We believe that Jesus was raised from the dead and those who believe and confess Him as Lord are born-again, saved and redeemed. Those who believe will also be raised from the dead and will spend eternity with God in heaven. As a Bible believing church, we believe Jesus is Lord and we are passionate about helping people find Him as their Lord and Savior. By definition "Spirit-filled" means to be full of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, a Spirit-filled church would be a church that is full of God's grace and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Our goal at FMCC is to hear people say things like, "This church is different...you can sense the Spirit...there is a freedom to worship...it's alive and on fire...everyone seems happy and friendly, etc." These are all indications of the Holy Spirit's grace and His gifts.
What do you believe God desires for people when they accept Jesus as Lord and Savior?
We believe that God is a good Father. Like any good Father, He wants all of His children to be blessed so that they can be a blessing to others. We believe God meant it when He gave us, 3 John 2, John 10:10, Ps 103, Matt 7:11, James 1:17, Is 1:19. We certainly don't believe that God is the type of Father that delights in seeing His kids suffer things needlessly. The Bible teaches that as we walk in the Word, the blessed, abundant, prosperous life is God's will for all believers. (Matthew 7:11). The abundance life Jesus promised to those who would believe is progressive and includes every area of our lives: spiritual, physical, material, mental, emotional and relational. God's highest and best is that as we walk in the light of His Word we will prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers. (John 1:2) We have found that of a lack of knowledge is the main reason people don't experience God's best. They simply don't know what they don't know. Hosea 4:6 says, "My people perish for a lack of knowledge". (That's why we are intentional about teaching people God's Word.) Many of God's people suffer needlessly because they don't know what God wants for them or how to cooperate with His Word to experience His goodness. Finally, while the "blessed life" includes many good things; it should not be confused with the "tribulation free" life. Jesus said that when we live for Him and walk in His goodness, we will experience tribulation, stress, temptations, opposition and persecution. As believers, we realize that in the midst of blessings there will be pressure and temptations to resist; enemies to the faith, opposition and persecution to endure. Jesus said that when we follow Him and His Word, people will mock, slander, and say all kinds of evil things about us. Persecution is a part of the "blessed life" - Jesus said we should rejoice and be glad when we are persecuted for righteousness sake for great is our reward in heaven.