Fortress Church Declaration Of Faith

Declaration of Faith

We declare that Jesus Christ is Lord!  Our past is forgiven, our present is blessed, and our destiny is promised!  We live to love God and love people at a deeper level. We desire to experience and dwell in the presence of God. We purpose to evangelize our world, exalt the Lord, edify the believers and empower the church!  Because the Lord is our Fortress, we have a safety to run to, a security to go to, a strength to hold on to, and a summit to rise to! We declare that we are blessed coming in and blessed going out  . . .  in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

We declare that Jesus Christ is Lord!  Romans 10:13 teaches the importance of what we declare . . .  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. It is important for you and I to be vocal about what we believe.

Our past is forgiven. Colossians 1:13, 14 says, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” It is by the grace of God that we are forgiven and given a second chance.

Our present is blessed. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Never take for granted how blessed you are.

Our destiny is promised. Psalm 73:24 says, “You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.” (NLT). We are on a spiritual journey and we know where we are going.

We live to love God and love people at a deeper level.  In Mark 12:29-31, Jesus answered the question, which commandment is most important. “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”  Based on Jesus’ response, Loving God and Loving People is most important to Him. It should be most important to us as well.

We desire to experience and dwell in the presence of God.  In Exodus 33:14, God gives Moses a great promise, “My Presence will go with you.”  That’s all that Moses needed.  That’s all that we need as well.  When God is with you, who can be against you?

We purpose to evangelize our world. A recent poll stated that 98% of the Christians in America do not share their faith regularly with others.  We must realize that we have the great privilege of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Proverbs 11:30 says, “He who wins souls in wise.”

Exalt the Lord. The worship of our Lord goes beyond lifting up our voice in a song. We can exalt the Lord in the thoughts we think, the words we say, the things we do and the life we live.

Edify the believers. Ephesians 4:12 tells us that we are called to edify (build up) the body of Christ. Building up others does not just mean lifting them up, it also means helping them grow.

Empower the church. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus tells Peter, ‘I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” That is power! And we get that power through the united effort of the church. Mighty things happen when the Holy Spirit empowers the church.

Because the Lord is our Fortress, we have a safety to run to.  Psalm 91:2 says, I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  In a world where it is difficult to trust people, we can always trust the Lord,

a security to go to.  Proverbs 14:26 says, “He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.” Security in life can be found when we fear the Lord. 

a strength to hold on to. Jeremiah 16:19 says, “O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in times of distress.”  God’s strength comes in many different forms, i.e. spiritual strength, emotional strength, physical strength, etc.

and a summit to rise to! Isaiah 33;15, 16 gives us a description of the mountain fortress. It is a spiritual place we can rise to.

We declare that we are blessed coming in and blessed going out. Psalm 121:7, 8 gives us a picture of how we can declare God’s blessings upon us. Perhaps you can take a few minutes and thank God for the many ways he is blessing you.

in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! Acts 4:12 tells us that there is no other name but Jesus that we can speak and be saved. Then, when Peter declared the Name of Jesus, healing took place. (Acts 3:6). Miracles happen in the Name of the Lord!

We not only make this declaration in the church, but carry these principles out in the life we live  . . . because we are the church!

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Pastor Randy Garcia

Lead Pastor

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