Our Vision is to reach lost people with the Gospel, to teach believers the Word of God and to release ministers to serve God.
What We Believe About…
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God (1 Timothy 3:16). We also believe it is infallible, meaning, it does not lead to wrong conclusions. It is inerrant because in the smallest part, each word in the original manuscript is without error. Finally, it is authoritative, in that, what the Bible teaches is binding on the lives of all. It is God’s eternal truth (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
We believe that God is an infinite, all-knowing Spirit and is worthy of our worship and obedience (John 4:24). We believe God is perfect in all His attributes. We believe God is one in essence, yet eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14). Jesus Christ is the Son of God and second Person of the Trinity. He died on the cross to pay the sin debt for all men. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity and He dwells within each believer in order to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ.
Man was made in the likeness and image of God and in his original state was free from sin. However, because of the sin of Adam, man incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death and became subject to the wrath of God, and became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from His divine grace (Jeremiah 17:9).
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the only acceptable sacrifice for the payment of man’s sin debt before a holy God. The good news (gospel) is that God made a way for man’s sins to be forgiven through the death of His only begotten Son.
The Christian Life
We believe that the only way that a person can have a real relationship with God is through His Son, Jesus Christ. The Christian life is a life of surrender to God - all that you have, and all that you are, for all that He is. We believe that life only begins to make sense when God is in His rightful place at the center of your heart.
We believe the church is made up of those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. We do not believe a person can join the church apart from a supernatural work of God’s grace in their heart. We believe the church is a place where believers receive healing and grow in God’s truth, and where they are equipped to impact the world with the gospel.
Want to know more? Download our “Statement of Faith”.
For more on how First Church lives out our vision, check out our Discipleship Pathway.