Scripture describes God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, also known as the Trinity. We believe that God is One, a united being and that He created the universe and all that is within it, including humanity. God creates every person and loves every person. At First Street, people are our priority and we know that God’s priority is people. However, sin came into the world through choice and we, like Adam and Eve, are victims of it. We recognize the need for a Savior and believe that Jesus is the only way to reconnect what has been broken, and share a relationship with God. We believe that Jesus lived as a man, in the flesh, and was without sin. Therefore, He was able to become the perfect sacrifice to atone and pay the price for our sins. We believe He died, was buried, and that God raised Him from the dead on the third day.
We receive forgiveness because of His sacrifice. We believe that God gives us a great gift, the Holy Spirit, when we follow Him. He sealed us, empowered us, and continuously helps us become the people God has called us to be. The Spirit leads us in all truth as well as guides us toward God and His mission. We believe the Spirit is living and active at First Street Church and in its people.
The Bible, we believe, is inspired by God and given to us for teaching and training in order that we might become God’s righteous people. It is a guide, a source for many truths and can help us as we walk in faith. Scripture teaches us how to live godly lives through Christ. Both Old and New Testaments have value and exist in unison to show us God’s goodness, grace and love for His creation. The Bible is our source for Biblical truth and the first primary authority when seeking resolution on Christian topics.
Salvation is a free gift from God and one that can never be earned or deserved. We are broken and sinful people in need of a Savior. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, satisfying the penalty and punishment for sin. He was a perfect Savior and thus was able to take on our sins on Himself and pay the price for us. We believe that salvation is a process, and that we are all on a journey toward God. While salvation cannot be earned, it is a continuous process whereby we are willing to submit ourselves to God, and we do so through confession, repentance, baptism and faithful Christian living.
BAPTISM & THE LORD’S SUPPER
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper were instituted by Jesus while He was on the earth. His baptism was a fulfillment of righteousness, an initiation into His Messianic calling, and a representation of His obedience to God. Water baptism, we believe, is for believers who understand their own sinfulness and need for Jesus to atone for their sins. After public confession of the desire for Jesus to be Lord of one’s life, a person should be baptized and clothe themselves in Christ. Baptism is an act of obedience and submission and shows a person’s willingness to obey God and understanding of God. We believe that children are innocent and are protected by God. Baptism is for those who understand sin and the need for a Savior, and have given their lives to Christ. Baptism symbolizes the person being joined with Christ, mimicking His death, burial and resurrection with water. This is also the moment that Scripture tells us (Acts 2:38) that the believer received the promised Holy Spirit.
As a church we participate in the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. This memorial also mimics the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, just as baptism does. Sharing in this we are reminded of the Lord’s sacrifice and share in this supper together with all believers. This memorial meal also signifies our role as the ‘body of Christ,’ proclaiming that we are willing to be broken and poured out for the world, in order to win them, and help them know Christ. This weekly observance is a moment to share with fellow Christians and be reminded of our calling as God’s people. It is a simple and symbolic act. We cherish this time as a church family.
The church is called the “body of Christ” as well as His “bride.” We represent Christ to the world. The church is God’s design and His desire for His followers. The church is meant to be a family of believers, who share a common bond through their beliefs and actions. Sundays are a time to meet, encourage each other and be continually commissioned to be the people of God. We worship, give and serve with fellow believers through the local church. The church is God’s joy and His prize, and a way in which we connect with God. The Bible is clear that Christianity exists synonymously with Church, and one cannot exist without the other. It is important to be a part of a church and grow and serve with fellow Christians.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
Living a Christian life is often challenging. The evil one does not desire us to be God’s and will attempt to derail us from living for God. As Christians we are committed to living as Christ did in the world. We strive to become better Christian fathers, mothers, children, friends, business associates, and citizens. We live for God in all we do. In so doing, others may come to know Christ. We live to glorify God.