Beliefs

At First Church We Believe:


  • In one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • God is the creator and sustainer of all things.
  • Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of mankind.
  • The Holy Spirit indwells believers and empowers them for ministry.
  • The Bible is God’s inspired Word, the final authority for matters of faith and practice.
  • Life change happens best in community with other believers.
  • Man is created in the image of God, but through sin is separated from God and in need of a Savior.
  • Salvation is by grace through (the blood of Christ) faith so that no man can boast. Salvation is in Christ alone.
  • The New Testament pattern for accepting this salvation is to believe in Jesus as God’s Son, to repent of personal sin, to confess Christ publicly, to be immersed in baptism, and to live each day for His glory.
  • The church is the Bride of Christ, and consists of all faithful believers.
  • The church is to carry the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to reach people locally and globally.
  • Christ will literally return and will then pronounce the eternal destination of each person; those who accepted salvation will enter heaven; those who did not accept salvation will be eternally separated from God.
  • The congregation is locally led by elders and pastors, with no outside agency determining our doctrines or actions.
  • Christians are gifted by the Holy Spirit for ministry; therefore, every Christian is a minister.
  • We believe in developing and empowering staff, deacons, and ministry leaders to lead various ministries.
  • All Leaders in the Church are servant-leaders.
  • Membership is accomplished by submitting to the Lordship of Jesus and being obedient to Him in the pattern of the New Testament, then committing to the mission and ministry of First Church of Christ.