FCC Statements of Faith

First Christian Church exists to glorify Christ in everything we do. We seek to be unified in the “firm and undeniable” tenets of faith and to allow for differing opinions where the Bible may not be specific. We affirm the early Restoration movement motto, “Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent.” Jesus said that the world would know that we are His because we love one another and prayed that we be one. We want to apply the truth of scripture in a way that shows love for our Father and love for one another so that Jesus is glorified.
Therefore, these are our firm and undeniable Statements of Faith.
  • The Bible

    The Bible is God’s Word to us. The Bible is the inspired word of God, and the final authority for faith and life. The Bible is trustworthy and reveals absolute truth. We are responsible to know God’s Word and to obey it.
    2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; Psalm 119:105, 160
  • God

    God is the holy and righteous creator and ruler of the universe. He has existed eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God. God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished. But, God has acted in Jesus Christ to save us from the penalty of our sin through his suffering, death, burial, and resurrection.
    Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22; Exodus 34:6-7; Psalm 90:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2; John 1:1-3, 14; Ephesians 4:4-6
  • God the Father

    God the Father is sovereign over all things. As creator he is father to all men, but he is a spiritual father only to those who believe in him and the redeeming work of his Son.
    John 3:16; Romans 8:12-17; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:3-14; Ephesians 4:6; Hebrews 12:5-9;
  • Jesus

    Jesus Christ is the coequal, co-eternal Son of God. Jesus became a man, without ceasing to be God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and was born of a virgin, so that he might reveal God and redeem sinful man. Jesus accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross, taking the shame and punishment of our sins on himself. He arose from the dead on the third day to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God. He will return one day to judge the living and the dead, claiming His own and taking them to heaven.
    Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 3:21-26; 8:34; 14:9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4;  Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15; 7:25; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 4:5; 1 John 2:1-2
  • The Holy Spirit

    The Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. Christians seek to live under his control daily.
    John 14:16-17; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; Romans 5:5; 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18
  • Salvation

    Salvation is the free gift of God. It is received only through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, evidenced by repentance, confession, baptism, and a life committed to his service. People are saved when, in faith, they turn from their self-ruled lives and make Jesus lord of their lives. Salvation allows people to have a personal relationship with God which lasts for eternity.
    John 1:12, 14:6; Romans 5:1, 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5
  • People

    People are created in the image of God, to be like Him in character. Although every person has potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God, which the Bible calls ‘sin.’ Sin separates us from God, from others, and causes many problems in life. Sin results in a broken relationship with God and with others. Only the saving grace of God can bridge the gap and restore those broken relationships.
    Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-5

  • Baptism

    Baptism is a believer’s public declaration of their commitment to Jesus. Through baptism believers celebrate Jesus’ transforming work in their lives and show their personal union with Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection.
    Jesus and the Apostles preached that we must repent of our sin, believe in Jesus for salvation, and be baptized. Baptism is an act of obedience which demonstrates the reality of what God has done in bringing us to faith in Jesus. Just as Jesus died, was buried and rose again, so we too, die to our flesh through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross and are given new life in him.
    Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38, 41, 8:12-13, 34-38; Romans 6:3; Galatians 3:27
  • Marriage

    God created both man and woman, male and female, in his image. A Christian marriage is when a man and a woman solemnly promise to join their lives together with God at their center, a “covenant.”   When this couple is united in Christ, they become one flesh and their goal is to grow in Christ-likeness throughout their earthly lives – until separated by physical death.

    A Christian marriage is based on the understanding that the Bible gives a clear description of the roles of husband and wife—found primarily in Ephesians 5 and 1 Peter 3 —and a commitment to fulfilling those roles. The husband is to provide leadership in the home (Ephesians 5:23-26). This leadership should not be dictatorial, condescending, or patronizing to the wife, but should be in accordance with the example of Christ leading the church. Christ loved His people (the church) with compassion, mercy, forgiveness, respect, and selflessness to the extent of laying down His life. In this same way husbands are to love their wives.

    Wives are to submit to their husbands leadership “as to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22), not because they are to be subservient to them, but because both husband and wife are to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21) and because there is to be an authority structure within the home, with Christ at the head (Ephesians 5:23-24). Respect is a key element of the desire to submit; wives must respect their husbands, as husbands are to love their wives (Ephesians 5:33). Mutual love, respect, and submission are the cornerstone of a Christian marriage. Built upon these three principles, both husband and wife will grow in Christ-likeness, growing closer together, not apart, as each matures in godliness.

    The traits of humility and selflessness, as described in Philippians 2:1-4, are crucial in a Christian marriage. Both husband and wife must consider their partner’s needs before their own, which requires a selflessness that is only possible by the power of the Holy Spirit who indwells them. Humility and selflessness are traits only the Spirit of God can produce, nurture, and perfect in us. That’s why strong Christian marriages are characterized by the spiritual disciplines—Bible study, Scripture memory, prayer, and meditation on God’s Word. When both partners practice these disciplines, each is strengthened and matured, which naturally strengthens and matures their marriage.
    Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:7, 21-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:21-33; Philippians 2:1-4; 1 Peter 3:1-7;
    1 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16

  • Spiritual Gifts

    God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts, and it is the responsibility of the Christian to develop these gifts in their lives. The Bible says the local church is like a physical body, with Jesus as the head. Christians within that body all have divinely given gifts, often gifts that need to be developed, so they can serve different purposes within the unified body. It is the privilege and responsibility of every Christian to serve according to the gifts and grace given to them by God.
    John 15:7; Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:6-11, 13, 17-30; 13:1-13; Ephesians 4:7-11; 1 Peter 4:10-11; 1 John 5:14-15;
  • Eternity

    People will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or exist eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Faith in Jesus Christ saves us, and we are called to remain steadfast in our faith. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally with him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. Those who have faith in Jesus look forward to an eternity with God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God will provide a New Heaven and a New Earth where we will live with God forever.
    Matthew 10:22; 24:4-51; John 3:16; Romans 6:23; 8:17-18; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 20:15; 21:1-3
  • The End Times

    There will be a literal return of Christ and a judgment day. How and when this will happen is under great debate. We believe the details are in God’s hands and that we are called to continually prepare for Christ’s return.
    Matthew 12:36; John 5:22; 16:8; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Peter 3:7;
  • The Church

    The church is a community of those who have been redeemed through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and who confess him as Lord. The church is commissioned to make disciples of Jesus by reaching out in love to all people, nurturing and baptizing those who believe, and teaching believers to obey all that Christ has commanded. In fulfilling this mission, the church is directed by the Scriptures, led by the indwelling Holy Spirit, while looking continually to Jesus Christ as Lord. In obedience to Scripture the church must organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship, observe the biblical sacraments of baptism and communion, be unified by the Spirit, disciplined for holiness, and scattered to fulfill the great commandment and the great commission as missionaries to the world, for God’s glory and their joy. Within the church, every believer has direct access to God through Bible reading/study, prayer, and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Every believer must be in a disciple-developing relational environment in which they share faith with those around them by word and by action. Every believer is called to ministry, regardless of their vocation. First Christian Church is a non-denominational Christian church, led by elders, as they follow Jesus.
    Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Acts 14:23, 27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-11; Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-4; 1 Timothy 5:17; 1 Peter 2:9-12; Revelation 1:6
  • Communion

    First Christian Church of Port OrchardCommunion is a memorial to Christ, a reminder of what he has done for us. It is a sacred event for those who have put their faith in Christ. It is a simple act and an opportunity for us to examine ourselves, and to remember that we do not deserve what Jesus has done for us, and yet it is done. Our salvation was bought with his body and blood. There are no rules in the New Testament concerning how communion should be observed; just a command to remember Jesus. The tradition at First Christian is to celebrate communion weekly, as we seek to follow the practice modeled by the early Christian church.
    1 Corinthians 11:23-27