what we Believe &teach

We commit ourselves to the firm foundation and teaching of God’s Word and its Doctrines.


We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be verbally inspired of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18).


We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three (3) persons: FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT. They are co-equal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and have the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1, 14; Acts 5:1-5; Colossians 1:15-19; Hebrews 1:8).


1.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1-2, Luke 1:35; Ephesians 1:7; Isaiah 9:6, 7:14).

2.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as our representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; I Corinthians 15:1-11; II Corinthians 5:21; John 20).

3.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 4:14-16,7:25,9:24; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2).


We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30).


We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10, 22-23; Ephesians 2:1, 3, 12; Romans 5:12).


We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness and remission of our sins (Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:8-9).


1.  We believe that all redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:5).

2.  We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which however clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).


We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with the provision made for victory of the new nature over the old made through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit (I John 3:5-9; Romans 6:13, 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; I Peter 1:14-18).


1.  We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior but to bring glory to God (II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2, 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II Corinthians 6:14-18).

2.  We believe human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, inexcusable taking of a human life. Abortion is murder (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5, 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24, 49:1,5, 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).

3.  We believe that sexual intimacy is a wonderful gift from God that is only to be expressed between one man and one woman within the bonds of marriage. Therefore, we believe that any other form of sexual intimacy is both immoral and a perversion of God’s gift (Genesis 2:24-25; Proverbs 5:18; Matthew 19:4-6; I Corinthians 7:5; I Thessalonians 4:3-5; Hebrews 13:4, (Leviticus 18:1-30; Proverbs 6:32; I Corinthians 6:18; Romans 1:26-27).

4.  We believe that in order to preserve the function, unity, and integrity of the church as a local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and community, it is imperative that all members, all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly at church, home, or in the community. In light of our biblical commitments, the pastor(s) of Foothill Bible Church will only perform wedding ceremonies between one man and one woman (as genetically defined) at the church or any other location. Furthermore, no persons (including members or non-member) will be allowed to use any of the facilities of the church for same gender and/or sexually immoral ceremonies, receptions, or other functions.

J.        MISSIONS

We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word the truths of God’s Word and to seek to proclaim the gospel to all (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:19-20).


1.  We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts to the church; and that the gifts of evangelists and pastors- teachers are sufficient for the equipping and perfecting of the saints in these present days. Once the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority established, the ‘sign’ gifts (e.g. speaking in tongues and the working of signs and miracles) were no longer needed to validate God’s change in economy, His messengers and the gospel and are not normative for the church today (I Corinthians 12:4-11; II Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12).

2.  We believe that God hears and answers the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick, needy and afflicted (John 15:7; I John 5:14-15; James 5:16).

3.  We believe that the biblical offices of pastor and elder in the church, or their equivalents are restricted to biblically qualified men (I Timothy 2:12, 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).


1.  We believe that the Church, which is the Body of Christ, and the Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-37; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2).

2.  We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches are clearly taught and defined in the New Testament (Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28:30-31; I Timothy 3: 1-13; Titus 1:5-11).


We believe in the dispensational view of Bible revelation and interpretation. Dispensationalism is a system of interpretation that seeks to establish a unity in the Scriptures through its central focus on the grace of God. Although we recognize differing stewardships or dispensations whereby man was put under a trust by the Lord, we teach that response to God’s revelation in each dispensation is by faith (salvation is always by grace through faith). We hold to two primary principles: (1) maintaining a consistently literal, grammatical, historical method of interpretation, and (2) maintaining a distinction between Israel and the church.


We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin, and is the cause of the fall; that he is an open and declared enemy of God and men; and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11, 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

O.       THE SECOND ADVENT OF christ

We believe in the “BLESSED HOPE,” the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth with His saints to establish His millennial Kingdom (I Thessalonians 4:13-15; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 10-11-16, 20:1-6; I Thessalonians 1:10, 5:9; Revelation 3:10).


1.  We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:5-6, 13-15).

2.        We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; I John 3:1-2).


We hold to a literal 6-day creation. We believe the Biblical account of the creation of the physical universe, angels, and man in six literal days; that this account is neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; that man was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. (Genesis 1, 2; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17, Matthew 19:4; 1 Timothy 2:13).