That's our heartbeat. Our rhythm. It defines every decision and every direction. Helping people find the joy, grace, and peace that only Jesus can provide is the mission of the church and the central purpose for everything we do.
We have found that our faith is most alive when we are actively involved in four areas. We believe that Christians should gather regularly as a church to worship, spend time together in each other's homes in community, be generous with their resources and compassion, and multiply the kingdom of God by helping others find hope in Jesus.
We have confidence in the Bible. It is an incredible story of God’s pursuit of our hearts. It does not just give us hope, but it is able to be trusted in its accuracy. We are committed to teaching it well and helping people ask honest questions and find satisfying answers.
If you have any questions about our beliefs, we invite you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We believe in unity.
We seek a unity of understanding in the essentials of our faith, yet we do not suggest that we must agree on all things pertaining to our walk in Christ. On many issues we have the freedom to disagree. We do ask, however, that all who accept and hold a leadership or teaching position at First Christian respect the following guidelines and resist any temptation to use their position as a forum from which to teach other views. Unity in the body depends upon harmony and mutual trust in the leadership.
We believe in God
(Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3).
The Bible teaches that God is Creator of our world and Sustainer and Lord of our lives.
We believe in Jesus
(John 1:14; 1 John 4:9; John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:18).
Jesus Christ is the one and only living Son of God and our Savior. Through Him God opened the way of abundant and eternal life through His death, burial and resurrection to all who call on His name.
We believe in the Holy Spirit
(John 16:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27).
The Holy Spirit is God Himself encouraging, guiding, and transforming us in the way of Christ. According to Acts 2:38, the Holy Spirit is a gift resulting from our faith and obedience. We are, therefore, a Spirit-filled church seeking to do God's will and to become more like His Son, Jesus Christ. While we do not presume to dictate one's private worship practices, we have agreed that for the sake of the unity of the body, in our public worship and other sanctioned church meetings we will not teach or practice what is commonly called speaking in tongues.
We trust the Bible
(Matthew 5:18; Matthew 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12).
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is the authoritative rule of faith and practice for Christians and the Church.
We practice baptism
(Romans 6:1-7; Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21).
We practice baptism of the repentant believer by immersion in water, confident that this expresses the form and purposes of the New Testament precedent. The New Testament teaches that all believers receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in relation to their faith, repentance, and baptism.
Read First Christian's more detailed view on baptism here.
We practice communion
(1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
We celebrate the Lord's Supper each Sunday, as we find the New Testament Christians did. In partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, we remember our Lord's sacrifice for us, and we strengthen our relationship with Him.
We believe in prayer
(Romans 12:12; Philippians 4:6).
We are a praying church. We daily lift before God fervent prayers of praise, confession, thanksgiving and petition.
We believe Jesus established a new covenant
Jesus instituted a new covenant with God that succeeded and transcended His former covenant with the people of Israel; hence we accept the Old Testament as preparatory to the New Testament, and we rejoice that we are related to God through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and not through the Law of the Old Testament.
We believe He's coming again
(Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11).
God, who created the heavens and the earth, will one day bring life on earth to a conclusion. While accepting various understandings of how God will bring this about, we believe that Christ will come again and will call His own to Himself, as He promised.