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What We Believe

Our Mission

To glorify Jesus Christ and magnify His gospel in all of life until He comes.

We exalt Jesus Christ as The Way, The Truth, and The Life; therefore, our mission is to make Christ the very center of our lives through faith expressed in both word and deed. God has made power for change available through Jesus Christ, so we use prayer, study of God’s Word, and mutual encouragement to live in ways that are pleasing to Him. While we eagerly await Christ’s return, we want to maximize opportunities to make disciples of Jesus and equip disciple makers for Jesus of every people, both locally and to the uttermost parts of the world.

 
 

Statement of Faith

We believe in the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God, and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, 2 Corinthians 13:14; Luke 3:22)

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35)

We believe man was created in the image of God, that he sinned, and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God, and that all human beings have a sin nature. Man is dead in sin and therefore helpless and incapable of advancing his spiritual position, pleasing God, or gaining salvation. Therefore, salvation must be initiated by God alone and consummated by grace alone. (Genesis 1:26-27; Colossians 3:10; Genesis 3:6; Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Hebrews 9:27)

We believe that the Lord Jesus died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 1 John 2:1-2; 1 John 4:10)

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven and His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; ; 1 John 2:1-2; Hebrews 4:14-16)

We believe that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will personally return and set up His Kingdom wherein He will rule and reign in righteousness. (Daniel 2:44; 1 Corinthians 15:24)

We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become children of God. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:31; 1 John 1:7)

We believe that, since salvation is a gift of God and Jesus' blood atones for past, present, and future sins, the believer once saved by grace is kept secure by grace forever. (Romans 3:24; Romans 5:20-21)

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the blessedness of the saved, and the retribution of the lost. (1 Corinthians 1:5; Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 20:1-15)


The Lord's Supper

Communion, or the “Lord’s Supper,” is a partaking of the bread and cup together in remembrance of Jesus’ broken body and shed blood (Matt. 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:7-23, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34). When we do so, we simultaneously look back and ahead, proclaiming the Lord’s death until He returns (1 Corinthians 11:26). The Communion elements remain as they are. They are not changed into the actual body and blood of Jesus but nor is the Table solely a memorial. Christ communicates His real spiritual presence with His people whenever we tangibly take Communion together.

First Evan practices an “open table” meaning it is the Lord’s table, not First Evan’s table.  All present who know Christ as Savior are invited to participate, whether a member or not.


Baptism

Jesus commanded his disciples to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:9). Baptism is a washing with water, symbolizing the Christian’s cleansing from the stain of sin (Acts 22:16). Just as Christ was buried and raised from the dead, Christian baptism symbolizes death to sin and resurrection to a new life in Him (Romans 6:3-4). Baptism signifies identification with Jesus Christ and his church (Ephesians 4:5, 1 Corinthians 12:13). To express your faith through baptism, please contact the church office.


Position Documents

The elder community of First Evangelical Church, conscientious of their role as spiritual overseers, seeks to assist our church members in forming and maintaining biblical convictions on a variety of subjects. We take time each year to study various subjects of relevance to the Body of Christ. These studies result in position papers and statements of philosophy. Listed below are the ones published to date. This is not an all-inclusive nor exhaustive list.

Corporate Worship Priorities and Principles: A Statement by the Elders on the Shared Values Guiding Corporate Worship at First Evangelical Church
A Position Paper by the Elders on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage
Key Characteristics of A Healthy Church
MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH:  A Paper by the Elders on Bioethical Questions and Concerns for the Church
Homosexuality and Faithfulness to God: A Statement of Hope and Concern by the Session of First Evangelical Church
Gender Roles in the Church

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