WHO WE ARE
As a Christian Church, we do not claim to be the only Christians, or the only church, but we seek simply to be known as Christians without a denominational label. We do not see ourselves as better than anyone else, but as a group of Christian people dedicated to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We seek the unity of all people on the basis of confession and commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord. Our hope is to unite all Christians under the authority of Jesus Christ.
Myrtle Point First Christian Church exists to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people and bring them into a closer relationship with Him.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe God is the creator of the world/universe. He has eternally existed and has over the centuries made Himself known in 3 distinct ways: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is characterized by love, holiness, grace, and justice. Genesis 1:1-27; Psalm 8:3-6; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14
We believe that Jesus is the only Son of God, sent as Savior of and to the world. We believe in His deity, virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, atoning death on the cross, and physical resurrection from the grave. We believe He is ascended to heaven and will one day return to take us home. isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5 & 14; 1:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15
We believe in the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian and the Church; that He comforts, guides, equips, and enables for life and ministry. We believe He operates through the Word of God to convert the unsaved and empower the saved, seeking to bring us into Christ-likeness. John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Ephesians 1:13 & 5:17-18
We believe that as human beings we are created in the image of God. However, we also believe that "all have sinned and fall short of God's glory." Sin, in essence, is missing God's mark, His will and way for our lives. Sin is disobedience to God's commands. Genesis 1:27 & 3:22; Isaiah 53:6a & 59:1-2; Romans 3:23 & 6:23
We believe that salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must receive it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Salvation comes only through faith in the person and redeeming work of Jesus. It comes to us by God's grace. The process of salvation involves believing in Jesus as Savior, repenting of one's sins, confessing Jesus as Lord, being immersed (baptized) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins and gift of the Holy Spirit, and living a life characterized by His Lordship - obedience to His commands. John 1:12 & 14:6; Acts 2:3; Romans 5:1 & 6:4, 23; Galatians 3:26-27; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5
We believe that people were created by God to exist forever. As a result, we will either exist eternally separated from God by our sin or eternally with God through grace and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be in union with Him is heaven - eternal glory. Heaven and Hell are real palces. John 3:16-17 & 14:17; Romans 6:23 & 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15
MARRIAGE & SEXUALITY
We believe marriage is the only legitimate and accepted sexual relationship. It is sanctioned by God, joining one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union. We also believe that a person's sex is established by God. Genesis 2:24; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 7:8-9; Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:31; Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139:13-16
We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God. It is the Final Authority for faith and life. The Bible reveals the heart and mind of God to us. It also judges the thoughts and intentions of our heart. It is used for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. Psalm 119:11 & 105; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21