Jesus Christ is God’s Son. He is our path to God for eternal life. Everything revolves around Him. Therefore, Christ must be central in all we do, who we are becoming and how we live. Our ministry’s will be centered on Jesus.
1 Corinthians 8:6 (NIV); yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
John 1:17 (NIV); For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 17:3 (NIV); Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Every person is created by God. He cares for each person and God’s greatest desire is for all His creation to know Him. Therefore, we submit to the authority of the Scriptures, becoming life-long learners of God’s Word. Through our learning we become committed to Christ and His church. Through an active prayer life, we are connected to God.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 (NIV); This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV); All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
Colossians 4:2 (NIV); Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
We are all equal in Christ, who by the Spirit has bonded us into one fellowship with Him and with one another; we are to serve and be served without partiality or reservation. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures we share the same faith and hope.
The Body of Christ is the unity found within the church. Christ wants His people to be so in-tune with each other and with Him that we cooperate as if we were one body.
Ephesians 4:15-16 (NIV); Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
John 17:11 (NIV); (Jesus said) “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.”
We believe we are designed to be in relationship with God first and foremost, and secondly, we are designed to be in relationship with others. The purpose of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus who can make disciples of Jesus. We do this with the understanding that relationship is the key vehicle.
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. Colossians 1:28
Felt needs are needs that we experienced consciously that may relate to a sense of deprivation or a discrepancy. When we think of felt needs, we often think of things like parenting teenagers, marital issues, financial stewardship, or even how to be a better friend.
The Bible is always dealing with the deep needs people have. Often those deep needs are the most profoundly felt needs of all. Felt needs are easily recognizable and usually call for some immediate attention or action. Jesus’ modeled meeting the felt-needs of people. Jesus fed His followers because hunger is a felt need. Like Christ, FCC serves to end hunger in our school – aged children through Backpacks for Kids.
Matthew 25:34-36 (NIV); “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
The Bible has a lot to say about money. In fact, there are more than 2,000 verses discussing money, wealth, stewardship, and otherwise principles about handling our finances. In ministry, tithes, or offerings (money) support the work of the church; outreach, discipleship, and meeting felt needs.
FCC believes ministry should never create debt. Debt is binding and does not allow Christ-followers to be good stewards. Debt makes “the borrower servant to the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7) FCC has been a debt-free ministry for decades. Modeling to the people good stewardship.
Romans 13:8 (NIV); Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.
FCC is a mission-minded church that is committed to fulfilling the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior. Jesus commands us in Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV); Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” We are dedicated to winning souls for Christ by spreading the Gospel within our local community, across the country, and throughout the world.
1 Peter 2:9; But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light
FCC believes a vibrant church is a church that has its focus on the family. We have classes and training for all ages, taking great care and concern in curriculum. We have activities for all ages seeking the involvement of all ages. Our goal is to support the growth of stronger families with God’s guidance and direction.
Philippians 4:8; Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
If you survey churches and ask what their strengths are, almost everyone would include “We are a friendly church.” But we all know, actions speak louder than words. At FCC, we strive to walk out Colossians 3: 12-14 (NIV); Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
We believe that the gospel of Christ is the hope of the world, and it's the heart of the church to bring that hope to others. This belief is the foundation of our church and informs all we preach, teach, and practice.
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
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
By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:2.
1 John 1:23; And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.
Disciples are followers of Jesus Christ who have heard the Word and believed.