WHAT WE BELIEVE
This is where we stand as a church.

Below is a brief look at what we teach at First Christian Church. At our core we align ourselves as closely to Scripture as we possibly can. If you’ve got questions more specific than what we include here, get in touch with us! If you’re looking to learn more about the essentials of following Jesus, the best place to start is in The Basics course.

About Jesus
First and foremost, we believe Jesus is for ALL people. We believe that He was fully God and fully human (Colossians 2:9) who stepped into humanity to redeem us from sin, death, and brokenness (Titus 2:11-14). We believe He came to live and die sacrificially on behalf of all people, so that everyone who trusts in Him can live a full, abundant life starting now (John 101:10) and continuing into eternity with God (John 3:16).
About the Bible
We believe the whole Bible is the perfect, inspired word of God given to teach, train, and equip us in everything we need to know about God and to live like He intended  (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
About Humanity
We believe God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27) to do good and live the journey of following Jesus (Ephesians 2:10). However, we were also created with a free will and the ability to choose to disobey God—a choice the Bible calls sin (James 1:14-15). At some point, we all have made sin our choice (Romans 3:23) and are all in need of saving from that decision, which leads to death (Romans 6:23).
About Salvation
We believe salvation is an absolutely free and unearned gift of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) offered exclusively through Jesus (Acts 4:12). We believe salvation is available to every single person who accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior (Romans 1:16). We believe, as part of this process, God’s expectation is for us to express our declaration and decision of faith through repentance and baptism (Acts 2:38).
About The Holy Spirit
We believe that God gives His Spirit to inhabit every part of our lives once we are baptized (Acts 2:38). The Spirit is given to comfort and encourage (Acts 9:31), to make us bold to share Jesus with others (2 Timothy 1:7-8), to convict and strengthen us against sin (John 16:8, 13), and to provide God’s spiritual gifts for the common good of the Church (1 Corinthians 12:7).
About The Church
We believe that “the Church” is not just one, single building or place but really a local and global “body” made up of people as its members. Everyone who wants to follow Jesus is expected to take an active part in helping the local church become more healthy, generous, and diverse (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). The purpose of the entire Church—on a local and global level—is to work together on-mission to make disciples of Jesus, to baptize people, and to teach everything Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19-20).
About Gifts & Leaders
We believe the Lord gave leaders in the church to prepare all followers of Jesus for serving His kingdom. Because of this, there are no “inactive” members of the Church (Ephesians 4:12). We believe elders are to lead the church and shepherd the flock along with the pastoral staff (Acts 20:28-35). They mutually share in responsibility and authority in the church. They also enact discipline as necessary—having the tough conversations with or removing from ministry those trying to tear the church down—yet do so in love and humility, so that the body of Christ is ultimately strengthened (Galatians 6:1).
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