what we believe

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

We believe:

  • in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 3:16-17, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, John 10:30
  • that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus Christ is true God and true man. That the Lord Jesus Christ died in our place for our sins and rose again, bodily, on the third day, ascending into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God, the Father, making him the only mediator between God and humankind.
    Isaiah 7:14, John 14:6, Galatians 4: 4-5, 1 Corinthians 15:3-6, Acts 1:9
  • that the Holy Spirit’s ministry is to reveal Christ to all people for the salvation and sanctification of their souls. That He, further, teaches the believers and provides gifts to the believers, equipping Christians to serve Jesus Christ.
    John 14:15-26, I Corinthians 12:4-16
  • that the Holy Bible is inspired of God and is of supreme and final authority in faith and life. Written under God’s inspiration, it is universal and without doctrinal error.
    2 Timothy 3:16-17, Psalm 119:9-16, 2 Peter 1:19-21,
  • that all people were created in the image of God. Having a free will, people choose to go their own independent way, thereby sinning, and incurring spiritual death. That salvation is received only through personal faith in Jesus Christ.
    Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, John 3:16, John 14:6, Genesis 1:27
  • that life is a gift of God, which begins at conception with its ownership vested in God.
    Psalm 139:13-14, Matthew 19:13-14, Isaiah 42:5, Jeremiah 1:5
  • that God created man and woman in His own image and for each other in the bonds of marriage. That there must be no attempt to rationalize and promote sexual conduct – heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual – which is outside the scriptural will of God for His children.
    Genesis 1:27, Romans 1:18-32, John 8:1-11, Matthew 19:4-6
  • in the scriptural teaching of the priesthood of believers, that every believer receives salvation and has free access to God the Father at any time for spiritual comfort and forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ our Savior.
    Ephesians 2:14-20, Colossians1:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 Peter 2:9

  • that the New Testament Church is a group of believers committed to Jesus Christ. They come together for worship and fellowship. That by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit, they are committed to evangelism, training and discipleship. That they encourage and educate each other in world missions and community concerns.
    Hebrews 10:25, Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 14:26, Acts 2:4-2

  • that baptism by immersion is a re-enactment of Romans 6:4, “being buried with Christ in baptism” in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
    Romans 6:4, Matthews 3:13-17

  • that baptism is an external witness of the believer’s previous experience: death to sin, burial of the old life, and the resurrection to newness of life.
    Colossians 2:12, Romans 6:4

  • that the Lord’s Supper symbolized by the elements representing Christ’s broken body and spilled blood is a remembrance of the Lord’s death until He returns.
    1 Corinthians 11:17-34

  • in the imminent, visible return of Jesus Christ to earth. That He will establish His Kingdom of justice and peace. That He will have dominion and power forever.
    Matthew 24:30-31, Revelation 1:7, Revelation 21:1-7, Revelation 22:5


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 within 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.


We believe that excellence honors God and inspires people.


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…”


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 which God has placed over us and partner with them for our spiritual nurturing and discipleship.


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