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What I see in this church, is a community that’s still taking form. A place made up of people we haven’t met yet. A community of people working together to accomplish big things we haven’t even dreamt up yet.

 

—Pastor Ryan Rasmussen

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The Mission

Reach out in unconditional love to all people and grow followers of Jesus.

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All People

We reach out in unconditional love to ALL PEOPLE.

Next Steps

WE TAKE OUR NEXT STEPS TOWARD JESUS TOGETHER.

Impact

WE TAKE ACTION TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON A LOCAL AND GLOBAL LEVEL.

Family

WE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR LEADING OUR FAMILY AND HOME.

What we believe
Jesus is the way.
First and foremost, we believe Jesus is for ALL people. We believe that He was fully God and fully human (Colossians 2:9) who stepped into humanity to redeem us from sin, death, and brokenness (Titus 2:11-14). We believe He came to live and die sacrificially on behalf of all people, so that everyone who trusts in Him can live a full, abundant life starting now (John 10:10) and continuing into eternity with God (John 3:16).
The Bible is God's truth.
We believe the whole Bible is the perfect, inspired word of God given to teach, train, and equip us in everything we need to know about God and to live like He intended (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We're all human.
We believe God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27) to do good and live the journey of following Jesus (Ephesians 2:10). However, we were also created with a free will and the ability to choose to rebel against God—a choice the Bible calls sin (James 1:14-15). At some point, we all have made sin our choice (Romans 3:23) and are all in need of saving from that decision, which leads to death (Romans 6:23).
We all need saved.
We believe salvation is an absolutely free and unearned gift of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) offered exclusively through Jesus (Acts 4:12). We believe salvation is available to every single person who accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior (Romans 1:16). We believe, as part of this process, God’s expectation is for us to express our declaration and decision of faith by repenting—turning away from sin—and being baptized (Acts 2:38).
We have help.
We believe that God gives His Spirit—the Holy Spirit—to inhabit every part of our lives once we are baptized (Acts 2:38). The Spirit is given to comfort and encourage us (Acts 9:31), to make us bold to share Jesus with our friends and family (2 Timothy 1:7-8), to convict and strengthen us when temptation hits (John 16:8, 13), and to provide God’s gifts for the common good of the Church (1 Corinthians 12:7).
God gives good leaders.
We believe God gave us elders to lead the church as well as guide and coach our pastoral staff (Acts 20:28-35). They mutually share in responsibility and authority in the church. They also enact discipline as necessary—having the tough conversations with or removing from ministry those trying to tear the church down—yet do so in love and humility, so that the body of Christ is ultimately strengthened (Galatians 6:1).
You were made for this.

We believe God gives leaders in the church to prepare all followers of Jesus for serving His kingdom. Because of this, there’s no such thing as an  “inactive” member of the Church (Ephesians 4:12). You have a gift from God—probably a lot of them, actually—and He wants you to use your gift to make your church (and the world around you) a better place (1 Corinthians 12:7).

The best is yet to come.
We believe that the best is yet to come in your life (1 Corinthians 2:9), in the life of First Christian Church (1 Peter 2:9-12), and in the world (Isaiah 11:1-10)—no matter how dark it seems. We believe that Jesus is for all people, and that, for everyone who trusts Him with their lives, the best days are always ahead (Revelation 21:1-5).

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