What we believe

 

FSMC is a member of the Evangelical Alliance.

 

We adopt the EA Statement of Faith which is

set out below.....

 

We believe in...

  1. The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

  2. The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.

  3. The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.

  4. The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.

  5. The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.

  6. The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.

  7. The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.

  8. The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.

  9. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.

  10. The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.

  11. The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.

 

Communion

This ordinance is held once a month in the morning meeting and once in the evening. All who love the Lord and accept Jesus as their personal Saviour are invited to join us as we celebrate this simple act of remembrance of what Jesus did and accomplished on the cross.

 

Baptism

This ordinance is held for those who are born again (John 3:3) and wish to show their committment through baptism by full immersion (Acts 2:38, 8:12). Our usual venue is the harbour, Porthmeor or Porthwidden beach. A time of worship and a message of explanation and encouragement is given prior to the baptism(s). There is often a get together in the Sunday School rooms afterwards.

 

It is worth noting that many of the congregation have been baptised by full emmersion, usually in the sea surrounding us on all sides, with infant baptism no longer offered. Parents prefer the choice either a dedication or thanksgiving service, once it is explained, which is often part of the main meeting. We are open to the gifts and baptism of the Holy Spirit.

 
Worship at FSMC

Worship is a mix of contemporary/modern and more traditional songs/hymns. We recognise the value of the theology in a wide choice of songs, old and new, while being open to the Holy Spirit in our worship. We rarely use the organ. There are several pianists who share the playing of our grand piano.  We try to make use of anyone with a musical gift and often have guitars and a lead singer, the latter proving very useful when learning something new. The vision is to have a worship band. We have a set of drums that need a skilled person to play them.  There is also a beat box for any volunteers to come and add percussion.

All can be saved

"All need to be saved.
 All may be saved.
 All may know themselves saved.
 All may be saved to the uttermost."

Traditional summary of Methodist teaching

 

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