What We Believe
The Core Belief of First Christian Church:
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of the living of God. Jesus (God the Son) lived a sinless life, was crucified for our sins and was raised from the dead on the third day. Jesus is fully God and fully man. He ascended into Heaven to sit at the Father’s right hand as our Intercessor and as the Builder and Cornerstone of His Church (John 1:1-18; Colossians 1:15-22; Hebrews 1:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
NOTE: Everything that we believe and teach and do as a church hinges on this core, foundational, essential belief. Without this essential belief about Jesus Christ, we can not be called "Christians" and this congregation ceases to be a Christian church. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ are core to everything that is Christian.
Other Key Beliefs of First Christian Church:
We believe that God exists in 3 persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), who are one in essence while holding distinct roles within the Godhead. God is the active Creator and Sustainer of the universe. (Matthew 28:19; Colossians 1:15-17; Matthew 3:16-17)
We believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God, hence without error, and it is the infallible guide for our lives (2 Timothy 3:16).
The Bible is the only book that can rightfully be called "scripture." All other books which make this claim are imposters (Romans 15:4).
The Holy Spirit
We believe that God is present in the world today in the person of the Holy Spirit, who draws us to faith in Jesus and who bears witness within each Christian that he/she is a child of God. He indwells the believer and empowers him/her to reflect the likeness and character of Christ. He also gives spiritual gifts to the church for our mutual edification (Galatians 5:22-26; 1 Corinthians 12).
We believe that man was created by God in His image, free as to choice and responsible to his Creator. Tempted by Satan, he separated himself from God by voluntary disobedience. As a consequence, all men are born with a sinful nature (which leads to death) and have need of reconciliation with God (which leads to life). (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 5:12-15; Galatians 5:16-21; 2 Corinthians 5:17-19)
Sin is the exact opposite of God’s character, and it is impossible for God to be in a loving relationship with anyone who sins. The Bible makes it clear that "all [people] have sinned and fall short of God’s glory" (Romans 3:23), and that God’s penalty for our sin is death (Romans 6:23). God came to earth in the person of Jesus to pay the death penalty for us. Jesus Christ is God’s answer to our sin problem. And God holds out Jesus Christ’s offer of forgiveness and a relationship with God as a free gift that we must either accept or reject. God’s gift of forgiveness can never be earned. It can only be received by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), and saving faith requires both belief and obedience. I must believe that Jesus is the one and only Savior and Son of God, trusting him 100% for my salvation. And I must be obedient to God by repenting (make a spiritual u-turn) from my sins, confessing Jesus as the Lord (master) of my life, and being baptized in water. Salvation is the starting point of following Jesus for the rest of one’s life here on Earth and for eternity in Heaven.
We believe that at the point of Christian baptism, the Holy Spirit places every new Christian into the Body of Christ, which is the Church (1 Corinthians 12:13). The Church has the mission of carrying on the work of Jesus Christ on Earth through geographically and culturally-based congregations (churches), which together comprise Christ’s Church on Earth (Matthew 28:19-20).
We believe that legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. Hence, sexual activities such as, but not limited to, adultery, premarital sex, incest, homosexual acts, pedophilia and bestiality are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church. Further, lascivious behavior such as the creation and/or distribution and/or viewing of pornography, and efforts to alter one's gender, are incompatible with the biblical witness (Romans 1:18-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20).
Marriage has been established by God and is a tenet of the Church. This church recognizes marriage as exclusiively the legal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment. It is therefore the policy of First Christian Church to forbid any of its clergy from officiating over a same-sex marriage ceremony, and no same-sex marriage ceremonies are permitted on church property. (Genesis 2:20-25; Matthew 19:3-12)
We believe that every person will live forever. After physical death, one will either exist eternally separated from God in Hell, or through faith in and obedience to Christ will be eternally united with Him in Heaven (1 Corinthians 15:42-44; Matthew 25:31-46).
The Lord's Supper (Communion)
We believe the Lord’s Supper should be observed weekly as the most appropriate way to remember Christ and His death for our sins while looking ahead to His second coming (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
Jesus Christ's Second Coming
We believe in the personal, literal return of Jesus Christ. He will rapture all His followers (both those who are alive and those who have died) and take them to Heaven, which He is currently in the midst of preparing for all His followers (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-19).