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Why Should I Go to Church?
Church is not something that you do individually it is something that you do collectively. To be a follower of Christ is not just what you do by yourself it is what you do together with other people. We are what the Bible calls the "family of God."
- It Is What Jesus Did (Luke 14:6) -
- It Is a Good Habit (Hebrews 10:25)
- It Is a Positive Example
- It Is Important for Fellowship
- It Is Essential for Growth
Church is where you will be inspired to go higher than you've gone, to live a life that is godlier and greater than you've been living, to sync your life up with Jesus and His purpose and plan for your life.
How do I become a Christian?
We look to the Bible for guidance on all issues. We believe that God's Word is very clear concerning what a person should do to become a follower of Jesus.
- Trust that Jesus can bring you salvation
- Turn away [repent] from sin.
- Confess that Jesus is Lord of your life
- Be baptized [immersed] in water.
How Do I Become a Member of First Church of Church?
Any baptized [immersed] believer is welcome to become a member at First Church.
If you would like more information or to talk to a minister, please contact us at 937-878-1592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Baptism and Why should I be Baptized?
IChristian baptism represents “the request made to God for a good conscience.” (1 Peter 3:21) It symbolizes that an individual has wholly dedicated himself to God to serve Him as a disciple of Jesus.
Complete immersion in water is an appropriate symbol of such a dedication. A person’s going under the water represents his dying to his former life course. Being raised out of the water symbolizes
his being made alive to do God’s will.
Your dedication and baptism are the beginning of a very close friendship with God, an intimate relationship with him.
1 Peter 3:21 - Baptism is not an outward cleaning, but saves us through an inward cleaning. It is an appeal to God for a good conscience and asks God to take away the guilt of our past sin (that Christ paid for, wiping our “inner slate” clean).
What is Communion and why is it important?
Unlike Baptism, which is a one time event, Communion is a practice that is meant to be observed over and over throughout the life of a Christian. It is a holy time of worship when we corporately come together as one body to remember and celebrate what Christ did for us.
We observe Communion because the Lord told us to. We are to obey His commands:
And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me."1 Corinthians 11:24 (NIV)
- In observing Communion we are remembering Christ and all that He has done for us in his life, death and resurrection:
- When observing Communion we take time to examine ourselves:
- In observing Communion we are proclaiming His death until He comes. It is, then, a statement of faith:
What is the best version of the Bible?
The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew and Aramaic. The New Testament was written in Greek. When translating from those languages into English, different styles of translation can be used. Some Bible translators attempt to produce as literal a translation as possible. Others try to carry the meaning from the original into English. However, because the original languages are so different than English, a direct translation sometimes sounds a bit "wooden" and not as smooth as native English might sound. Also, certain phrases in the original language just don’t make sense in the English, so an equivalent phrase is used to carry the meaning.
Depends on what you are looking for. If you want a more literal translation then go with the New American Standard Bible (NASB), the King James Version (KJV), and the English Standard Version (ESV). A more “flowing” translation is the New International Version (NIV), and the Living Bible
The.New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) tried to balance both approaches.
This in not a commercial endorsement of any of these translations but is offered as a guide to help you pick a Bible you can be comfortable with.
The key is to find one that helps you to read and study on a regular basis.
For an online tool that allows you to use different versions of the Bible.
What is prayer & How do I pray?
Prayer, simply put, is conversation with God. That in mind, shouldn’t we be doing it in a way that pleases Him? Not to get us on a good list so that He’ll do what we ask, but to really understand how to talk with Him, and share our concerns, fears, and pleas.
The Bible says a lot about prayer, including Jesus’ words on how to pray (The Lord’s Prayer - Matthew 6:9-13). God wants to hear sincerity in our prayer, not vanity.
Bottom line: God is concerned with the heart of a person. So next time you go to God in prayer, ask yourself, am I humble or proud? Either way, it’s a chance to get right with Him.
What denomination is First Church?
First Church is not part of a denomination. We are part of an independent movement that grew from a religious revival that took place in the US in the 1800s. The goal of this restoration movement is to bring the church back to the original teachings of Jesus. This restoration movement is now known as the Church of Christ/Christian Church.
The Restoration Movement is a Christian movement that began on the American frontier during the early 19th century. The movement sought to restore the church and "the unification of all Christian
s in a single body patterned after the church of the New Testament." Members do not identify as Protestant but simply as Christian.
What does First Church Believe?
We believe the Bible is God's inspired Word and is very clear about what we must do to become a Christian. We look to the Bible for guidance on all issues.
We believe in one God. He reveals himself to us as the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus was born of a virgin and lived on earth without sinning. He died on a cross to save us, and rose from the dead.
We believe Jesus is in heaven and sits at the right hand of God to act on behalf of those who believe in Him.
We believe everyone has sinned and needs God’s forgiveness.
We believe forgiveness of sins comes from becoming a Christian.
We believe Christians are on earth to share God's plan for eternal life with everyone.
Why should I be a part of a small group or Bible Study?
The Bible (Acts 5:42; 20:20) tells us we need to be in relationships for our personal and spiritual growth. We needed to be connected to one another, we needed a way and place to do as Christ taught.
Because, it is God's plan for you to be in quality relationships and we all need a place to belong and work through the issues of life. We need to be loved and give our love. Small groups give us the chance to develop personal relationships as well as to learn to be a more mature Christian.
We have a variety of small groups that meet throughout the week as well as traditional Bible Study on Sunday morning before our worship service.