About valparaiso First Church

What We Believe:

  • WE BELIEVE…The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.
  • WE BELIEVE…There is only One True God–revealed in three persons…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).
  • WE BELIEVE…In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God’s son Jesus was both human and divine.
  • WE BELIEVE…though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin–ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.
  • WE BELIEVE…Every Person Can Have Restored  Fellowship with God Through ‘Salvation’ (trusting Christ, through faith  and repentance, to be our personal Savior). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines  of the AG]
  • WE BELIEVE…and practice two ordinances—(1) Water  Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one’s sins and receiving  Christ’s gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper)  as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our  salvation.
  • WE BELIEVE…the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a  Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for  witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times.  [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
  • WE BELIEVE… The Initial Physical Evidence of the  Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ as experienced on  the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.
  • WE BELIEVE…Sanctification Initially Occurs at  Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but  also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers  continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike.
  • WE BELIEVE…The Church has a Mission to seek and  save all who are lost in sin. We believe ‘the Church’ is the Body of  Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted  God’s offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through  the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.
  • WE BELIEVE…A Divinely Called and Scripturally  Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that  each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for  Christ, to worship Him with other believers, to build up or edify the  body of believers–the Church and to Meet human need with ministries of  love and compassion.
  • WE BELIEVE…Divine Healing of the Sick is a  Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ’s atonement  (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). [1 of 4 cardinal  doctrines of the AG]
  • WE BELIEVE…in The Blessed Hope—When Jesus Raptures  His Church Prior to His Return to Earth (the second coming). At this  future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their  graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive  will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. [1 of 4  cardinal doctrines of the AG]
  • WE BELIEVE…in The Millennial Reign of Christ when  Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His  benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will  bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of  universal peace.
  • WE BELIEVE…A Final Judgment Will Take Place for  those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and  consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.
  • WE BELIEVE…and look forward to the perfect New  Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all  time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there  forever following His millennial reign on Earth. ‘And so shall we  forever be with the Lord!’

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