what we believe

 
 
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
 

We accept the Bible as the final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

                     (Isaiah 40:8; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12; II Timothy 3:16)

We believe that man, created by God, willfully sinned and as a result, is lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ.

                    (Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23)

We believe that salvation (the forgiveness of sins) comes by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ.

                    (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; I Peter 1:18-19; I John 1:7)

We believe the Bible teaches that the pattern to receive Christ as Savior is, to believe in Christ as God’s son and Savior of the world, to repent of personal sin, to confess Christ as Lord, and to be immersed in baptism. Each of these is clearly taught in the Word of God.

                     (Romans 5:1-2; Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19, 17:30; II Peter 3:9; Matthew 10:32;    Romans  10:9-10; I John 4:15; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-7; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; I Peter 3:21)

We believe that the Church is the body and bride of Christ, founded on the day of Pentecost, consisting of all Christians everywhere.

                     (Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47)

We believe that God has ordained elders to exercise spiritual leadership and authority over the local congregation.

                     (Acts20:28; I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter 5:1-4)

We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person.

When Christ returns, He will formally pronounce the eternal fate of each individual, both living    and dead. The saved will be assigned eternal life, the unsaved, eternal separation from God.

                      (John 6:39; Romans 8:10-11; 19:23; John 5:29; Daniel 12:2)