The following is our Congregational Statement of Faith, which we believe is an accurate summary of the core teachings of the Bible. Affirming this statement of faith is a requirement for membership at First Christian Church. For a more detailed statement, see our Elder Statement of Faith, which all elders and pastoral staff are required to embrace.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Hebrews 4:12
We believe that the Scriptures in all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God, error free in the original manuscripts, and the supreme authority of faith and practice for followers of Christ.
We believe there is one living and true God, who is one in essence, while eternally existing in three distinct persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-23
We believe that mankind was directly created in the image of God to enjoy His fellowship and fulfill His purposes on earth. However, in Adam, all mankind fell into sin; consequently all people are spiritually dead and subject to the certainty of both physical and spiritual death apart from faith in Jesus Christ.
John 1:12; 3:16; 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9
We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as the only sufficient sacrifice. Salvation is by the grace of God through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. In order to be saved we must personally accept these truths and thereby accept the cleansing blood of Christ, which alone can atone for sins.
Genesis 12:1-3; John 3:16; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; Ephesians 2:1-10
We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Salvation is wholly of God on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works.
Acts 2:41-47, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 Corinthians 12-14
We believe that all who are “born again” by the Holy Spirit belong to the one true church and are instructed by the Scriptures to associate themselves in local, visible churches.
1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9, Acts 6:1-6
We believe that Jesus Christ leads the local church through a plurality of elders who have been called, gifted, and appointed by Him. By seeking the mind of Christ, depending upon the Holy Spirit and diligently examining the Word of God, the elders provide spiritual oversight and direction for the church. The qualifications of elders are character based as defined in 1 Timothy and Titus, and the decisions of the elders require unanimous agreement.
Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 6:3-7, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
Baptism is a clear injunction of the Scriptures which outwardly expresses the inward reality of new life in Christ. Our method of baptism is immersion as described in the New Testament and practiced in the early church. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ and His redemptive death. It is also an expression of our fellowship with one another. In communion we are reminded of Christ’s first coming and encouraged to look forward to His coming again.
Matthew 24-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
We believe the next great event of human history will be the personal return of Jesus Christ. This is the blessed hope for which all those who love Christ yearn. While the exact time of Christ’s return is unknown, it is imminent and certain.