2 Peter 3:18 states “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” God’s mandate is that we pursue maturity and Christ-likeness. We seek to equip and challenge others to first of all receive Christ as their Savior, and then to become all that God wants them to be.
God tells us that others will recognize we are His children by the way we express love. God so loved the world that He sent His only Son. We are most like the Lord when we love others with an unconditional love. God’s love is what drives our church’s mission statement – “Meeting people where they are…Loving them to where Christ wants them to be.”
Ephesians 4:3 states “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” It is through our unity that we will become the force God wants, affecting change in our community. Unity does not mean we never disagree; it means we process through those disagreements to formulate a strong vision and mission for the Kingdom of God.
Everyone needs encouragement. Life is tough. It is full of twists and turns, and it can throw us some real curve balls. We choose to encourage one another so that we can face everything life throws at us. That is why we make gathering together as the body of Christ – on Sunday mornings, in age-appropriate classes, on Wednesday nights, and in Bible studies in Life Groups throughout the week – a priority.
After Jesus had served his disciples in the upper room, he told them to go and do the same. Serving is something that flows from our faith. If we say we love the Lord and believe in His mission, then serving others must become a priority. First Church offers opportunities to use your God-give abilities, interests, and talents both to aid the church family as well as to reach out to our local community and those in need in various parts of the world.