What We Believe
WE BELIEVE that Jesus is God's Son, a Savior to those who will receive Him as Lord, the answer to our guilt, and our example for living. Jesus, as the Son of God, is the foundation upon which all we preach and teach finds authority and meaning.
WE BELIEVE the Bible is God's inspired Word, worthy of our study and application. We have no creed but Christ; no book but the Bible.
WE BELIEVE there is but one Church, made up of all those who are personally related to God through His Son Jesus. We encourage the unity of all Christians, and believe that this unity can be achieved when love for Christ is greater than love for man-made traditions. We do not claim to be the only Christians, but strive to be Christians only.
WE BELIEVE that real Christian unity is found within the diversity of its members. We are made up of Christians of many different church backgrounds, including those with no church background at all. In regards to race, families of many different backgrounds worship and serve Christ side by side. Having Christ in common is what makes the church, builds relationships, and strengthens our families and our community.
At First Christian, we describe ourselves as a "Christ-centered, Bible-teaching, non-denominational church."
CHRIST-CENTERED ... refers to the Lordship or authority of Jesus Christ in our church. We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and that our church belongs to Him. Upon that confession of faith, individual commitments are made and our congregation is built. (Matthew 16:15-18)
BIBLE-TEACHING ... refers to our belief that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Our teaching finds its authority not in psychology, philosophy, or popular opinion, but in the timeless truth of Scripture. Most who attend our worship services also find a Bible class to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Bible. (2 Timothy 2:15 and 3:16)
NON-DENOMINATIONAL ... is a big word that says that we are an independent congregation. Men divide the Church with denominational labels, names, and creeds, which is confusing to most. Our goal is not to lead people to be a "Baptist" Christian, a "Catholic" Christian, a "Presbyterian" Christian, etc. ... but to be simply Christians. Though we are an independent congregation, there are many other churches like ours that are known as "Restoration Movement" churches.