who we are

First Church is focused on helping people from all walks of life and

backgrounds to build a life-giving relationship with Jesus.

  • Our Affiliation

    First Church is affliated with the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). We are a movement of people seeking to fulfill God's call to be the Church. We are committed to know Jesus who is the head of the Church and live out His mission to make disciples. As a church we are committed to study the Scriptures and to live them out.  Here is a statement that expresses the core of our beliefs, "We believe that the Jesus alone is Lord and the Bible is our rule of faith." 

  • MISSION

    First Church exists to know God, experience Freedom, live with Purpose and be set in Motion to carry out the Great Commandment and Great Commission. 

  • Our beliefs

    God

    God is triune - one substance, three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). God is holy. God is without sin and altogether perfect (Exodus 15:11). God is sovereign. God rules His creation as Lord and King (Matthew 6:13). God is love. God clearly demonstrates His love on the cross (1 John 4:8-10).


    Salvation

    Salvation comes through faith alone in Christ alone. God created people to be in a loving relationship with Him. However, humanity has rebelled against God separating themselves from God by rejecting Him as Lord (Genesis 3:1-7). Jesus restores that relationship by coming to earth as both God and man to atone for the sin of all humans (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3). Those who turn from their sin and place their faith in Jesus' saving work will receive salvation (Mark 1:15). 


    The Bible

    2 Timothy 3:16 says, "All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the people of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." All scripture is inspired by God. It teaches us how to know and obey God. Therefore, we believe the Bible should be read, studied and obeyed.  


    The Church

    The Church is collectively the body of Christ (1 Peter 1:5) and the people of God (1 Peter 2:10). It consists of those who have placed their faith in Jesus' saving works and committed their lives to His will (Romans 10:9-10). The Church exists to reflect the glory of God to the world (1 Peter 2:9). 


    Humanity

    "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Sin came into the world through one man - Adam (Romans 5:12). Sin leads to death but this is not humanity's natural destiny. Humanity was created to live eternally and relationally with God but the relationship was damaged by Adam's rebellion. Eternal life (humanity's original destiny) is restored while sin and death are conquered through the death of Jesus (Romans 5:19; 1 Corinthians 15:26).