Our Faith

We are committed to cutting past the fluff of legalism in the religious world and uniting around the Meat of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The enemy has divided God’s Church by making “secondary” theological issues a primary point of conflict between believers. At Forward, we keep it simple…keep it Christ-centered…and just keep it real when it comes to our theology.

Who Is God?

Who are we?

What is our purpose?

  • There is One God and Creator of all that is seen & unseen in the creation (Deuteronomy 4:35,39; Isaiah 44:6-8; John 17:3; 1 Timothy 2:5)
  • God has revealed Himself to humanity in 3 distinct “Persons”; God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1,2; Genesis 1:26;John 14:8-31; Colossians 1:15-17)
  • God has chosen to reveal Himself, in part, through the Divine Inspiration that is the Bible. It is the infallible and unchanging Word of God. While we believe in the translation of this Word into modern language (We personally use the NLT primarily), we must be very careful not to add to or take away from the core essence and Message of this Perfect revelation of God. (Psalm 119:105; Isaiah 55:10,11; Timothy 3:16,17; 1 Thess. 2:13)
  • Jesus is the Only Way back into right relationship with God the Father (John 14:6; Isaiah 35:8; Acts 4:12; John 3:16;1 Timothy 2:5; John 3:36)
  • Mankind has fallen from its originally intended condition of perfect relationship with God. God, in seeking our love and devotion to Himself, did not create us to be robots forced into submission and worship. He gave us Free Will; the freedom to choose who or what we will love & worship with our lives. Mankind’s willful decision to worship the creation rather than the Creator has led us into a sad state of affairs in this broken world. We now are born naturally with a “sin nature” that seeks to rebel against God, and are hopeless to overcome this nature on our own. (Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9;Romans 6:23; Romans 7:24)
  • Sin is anything that falls short of the standard God has set for us. The natural consequence of our sin is Death. In whatever domain of life sin dwells, it rots that area and inevitably causes “death” there. Doing things our own way in any domain of life will kill that area- in part or in whole- slowly and silently. Sin in my relationships will cause “dead” things to start showing up there. Sin in my finances will cause “dead” things to start springing up there. And so on and so on. The ultimate end of the indwelling sin within us is physical death itself. We will all die in the flesh as a result of our broken condition.  (Genesis 3; Isaiah 64:6;Romans 6:23; Isaiah 59:2)
  • God, in His amazing Grace and Love for us, has made a Way for us to come back into right relationship with Him through the forgiveness of our sins. God began portraying right from the beginning of human history that sin was a “life and death” issue that required blood sacrifice. This system of animal sacrifice pointed ahead to the Day when Gods plan for eternal salvation-once and for all- would be revealed in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ perfect life and sacrificial death on the cross, God has paved a Way for us to come back into direct relationship with Him through faith in the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. (John 14:6; Isaiah 53; Ephesians 2:8;Romans 3:23,24)
  • We are saved by faith alone, not by doing good stuff or being a great person. We don’t “clean ourselves up” so we can approach God; we come to God, and then He begins the process of cleansing us from the inside out. That transformation of our heart will definitely lead us to doing some great things for God, but those “good works” are not what we trust in; we trust in God’s unconditional and unmerited grace poured upon those who hand their lives over to Christ. (Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 11:6; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9) 
 
  • God has called men & women from every corner of the earth, throughout all of history, to come and be a part of the work He seeks to do on this earth in redeeming a lost human race back into right relationship to Himself. When we come to Christ, it is not so that we can sit back, it is so that we can finally stand up and join the mission. We are saved not only for personal benefit, but so that we may become Gods hands and feet in a world that desperately needs to see His Love tangibly expressed by those who know Him. (Jeremiah 29:11; John 15:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Matthew 28:19)
  • The Church is God’s vessel to 1) Equip the saved, 2) Reach the lost, 3) Be an example of servant leadership in a self-centered world. The “Church” is not a building, but a living and moving Body of Believers. Our gathering points should reflect our effort to reach the lost, not gather a bunch of religious folks. (1 Cor. 2:1-16; 1 Cor. 13; 2 Timothy 4:2,3; 1 Peter 2:9)