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First Christian Church is an independent non-denominational church. The following beliefs are given not as a comprehensive list of essential doctrines, but as the foundational truths upon which we base our teaching and ministry:
1. We believe... in one God
, the creator and sustainer of the universe, who is all powerful (Luke 1:37) and eternal (Genesis 1:1, 26-27). He exists as three distinct persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) although He is One (Deut. 6:4).
2. We believe . . . that Jesus Christ
is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16) who was born of the virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38), lived a perfect life (Hebrews 4:15), died a terrible death on a Roman cross for the sins of all mankind (I Peter 2:24), was raised bodily from the dead after three days (I Corinthians 15:4), ascended to heaven (Luke 24:51), and is coming again (Acts 1:11).
3. We believe . . . that the Holy Spirit
is co-equal with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit convicts, converts and changes us. He lives within us to comfort, guide, convict and enable us to live in ways that honor God. (Romans 8:11, John 14:16-1 7, 16:7-13; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Galatians 5:22-23) He guides us in our understanding of His Truth John 16:13).
4. We believe . . . that People
were created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26). We are all sinners (Romans 3:23) by choice and thus condemned by our own sin against God (Romans 6:23). Since we are sinners, we all need a Savior.
5. We believe . . . that Jesus
is the only way of salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Salvation is obtained through the blood of Christ (I John 1:7) and is available through the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). We believe the New Testament teaches us how we can receive that salvation. We believe that the New Testament Scriptures teach that a person who wants to accept the salvation God offers needs to believe in Jesus as the Son of God (Acts 16:31), repent of his sins (Acts 3:19), confess Jesus to be Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10), and be united with Christ in baptism (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-5). Following his conversion to Christ, an individual needs to live faithfully (Acts 2:42).
6. We believe . . . that the Bible
is the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and is the only basis for our faith and action both in our personal life and in the life of the local church.
7. We believe . . . that our congregation
should follow the pattern of the church in the New Testament. Therefore our congregation is under the oversight of elders (Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:2-3) with the assistance of deacons (I Timothy 3:8-13).