what we believe

Christ First is a member of the Transformation Ministries collection of churches. 


We believe:


1. That the Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is the divinely inspired Word of God, the final and trustworthy authority for faith and practice. It is to be interpreted responsibly under the guidance of the Holy Spirit within the community of faith. The Bible clearly reveals the essentials necessary for salvation and the basics of how to conduct our lives. It is the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. (Deuteronomy 4:1-2; II Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)


2. That there is only one true and eternal God consisting of three co-equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; John 4:24; John 14:6-13; Galatians 4:6; 2 Peter 1:17; Psalm 2:7ff; Isaiah 7:14; John 1:1-18; Hebrews 1:8; Psalm 51:11; 1 John 4:13; Acts 5:3,4)


3. That God created humankind in the divine image. Through Adam’s fall all became sinful, lost and condemned. Each human being by deliberate choice participates in sin and is in need of redemption through Christ. (Genesis 1:26-30; Ephesians 2:1-22; Romans 1:19-32, 5:12-21)


4. That Jesus Christ is God’s Son, fully divine and fully human, the eternal and pre-existent Word. By His death Christ made full atonement for our sins, and by his resurrection showed Himself to be the Lord and giver of life to all who believe. (Hebrews 1:1-3, 4:14 15; John 1:1-3,14)


5. That God offers forgiveness of sin and justification through faith in Christ Jesus apart from works. Such redemption is received by human individuals as God’s gift upon repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ. Through Christ the believer becomes a new creation, whose mind and will are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit from loving sin, to loving the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind, and loving all people as we love ourselves. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 2:8-22; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Matthew 22:37-38)


6. That the Church is a community of faith consisting of regenerated believers with Christ as Lord. Such believers claim a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ, are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, follow the Lord in believer’s baptism, share in the Lord’s Supper, gather regularly for worship, and covenant for mutual edification and care-giving. (Matthew 16:15-19; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:30-33; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 10:23-25; I Corinthians 6:19)


7. That the Church is called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and God’s reconciling grace in the power of the Holy Spirit, inviting persons to receive salvation and follow Christ as His disciples. As disciples, we seek justice for all persons and the reform of society. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Galatians 3:26-28; James 1:27, 2:8)


8. That Jesus Christ will return visibly, at which time He will raise the dead and judge all people. Believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God as they participate in the fullness of His eternal reign, while unbelievers will suffer eternal separation from God. (Matthew 24:29-31, 25:31-46; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; Revelations 20:4-6, 11-15) 


OUR CORE VALUES


Truthful (Biblical Authority)

We believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. We believe it is absolutely true. That is, it is true all the time, for everyone in every generation. Our teaching will be Biblically literate, culturally relevant, and sensitive to the Holy Spirit


Intimacy With God

We believe God desires an intimate relationship with every believer. Through prayer, meditation, worship, and Bible study, we can pursue and achieve intimacy with the Father.


Helpful, Relevant Environments

We believe our role is to create environments that lead people in a growing relationship with Christ which includes equipping them to be more effective in reaching their relational world for Christ. A relevant environment combined with competent leadership will allow us to communicate the vision best.


Relational Evangelism

We believe that all believers have the responsibility of carrying out the great commission in their sphere of influence.


Authentic Community

We believe accountability, care, and a sense of belonging are critical to our spiritual growth. These three things are best achieved within the context of a small group of relationally-connected believers.


Strategic Service

Each believer is responsible for exercising his or her gifts in tandem with other members of the church body. Maximum impact is contingent upon a coordinated, strategic exercise of gifts in the body.


Intentional Apprenticing

We believe that every believer is responsible for passing along to others the knowledge, skills, and opportunities for service that God, through others entrusted to them.


Excellent

We believe that excellence honors God and inspires people.


Flexible

We believe that no matter how strategic, planned, or prepared we might be there will no doubt be unforeseen events that shape our surroundings. Therefore we will strive to adapt ourselves to these circumstances, and adopt a Philippians 2:14 attitude which states, “Do all things without complaining or arguing…”


Nurturing

We believe there is a biblical order for church leadership, and there are biblical qualifications for church leaders. God has placed elders and pastors over us for our spiritual well-being. Although trust is earned, and our leadership will strive to earn this, we will trust the leadership in which God has placed over us, and partner with them for our spiritual nurturing and discipleship


Diverse

We believe that the local church is most healthy when multi-generations, multi-ethnicities, and multi-socioeconomic groups are worshipping God together in spirit and truth.