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What We Believe

Our Mission

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

Vision is a matter of paying attention to God (and neighbor and one another). Direction articulates aims that result from this attentiveness. Mission then implements or turns the aims into actions.

By “glorify Jesus Christ,” we mean the believer in Jesus is to have Christ at the center of his life, the central preoccupation of life. This includes enjoying Him and following Him in everything, developing the allegiance of faith more than mere assent.

By “magnify His gospel,” we mean professing the reality that God has broken in on the world in the way, truth, and life of Jesus, radically altering human existence because God has made power for change available in His Son. The gospel is the transactional and transformational, propositional and experiential means for getting right with God and living righteously before Him.

By “in all of life,” we mean God’s people are to be marked by increasing attentiveness and responsiveness (doctrinally, morally, and relationally—the comprehensive areas of repeated biblical emphases) to everything Jesus wants, assimilating His wisdom for living and applying it to everything we do, are, and have.

By “until He comes,” we mean maximizing existing opportunities and creating new ones to spread His reign in hearts, anticipating His rule over all at His return for which we alertly wait.


Our Vision

1,000-Day Critical Initiatives: January 1, 2020–September 27, 2022

By God’s grace, throughout the next 1,000 days, First Evangelical Church will become a stronger community as we welcome guests, love across ethnic, racial, and generational boundaries, and commit to meaningful membership.


Our Doctrine

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)

Our Ordinances

The Lord's Table

There are four direct accounts of Communion (aka the Table/Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist, from the Greek word for thanksgiving) in the New Testament: Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:7-23; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. Communion as a church ordinance is patterned by Israel’s Passover meal (Exodus 12) in that Passover foreshadowed the once for all sacrifice (Heb. 9:26-28) of the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). When our church partakes the Communion elements of bread and cup we are simultaneously looking back and ahead, proclaiming the Lord’s death (“do this in remembrance of me”) until He returns. 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.  


Perhaps the best single word to encompass everything that baptism is would be the word identification. From the Jewish practice of baptism on through Christian baptism it is all about identification. We are identifying in our baptism with Jesus. We are proclaiming in our baptism that we are following Jesus.

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.

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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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