First Christian Church of Starke
What We Believe.
Statement of Faith
We believe there is One eternal God who is at work in three separate personalities, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is eternal, having always existed. He is all powerful. He is all-present. He is all-knowing. (Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Psalm 139, Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2).
About Jesus Christ
Jesus is the only Son of God. He is equal with God. God chose Jesus not only to reveal God to man, but to redeem man to God. He became a man and lived a sinless life. He was crucified on the cross, was buried, and rose from the grave on the third day, demonstrating His power over sin and death. He ascended into Heaven and will return to redeem those who believe in Him. He is the only way to salvation. (Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:22-23, John 1:1-5, 14:10-30).
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Godhead. His work in the world is to help man realize his need for God and to provide Christians the guidance for victorious living and understanding of spiritual truths. He is the gift received at the time of our repentance and baptism. (Acts 1:8, John 16:7-13, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 5:18, 2 Timothy 1:13).
About the Bible
The Bible is God's inspired, errorless Word to us. The authors were guided by the Holy Spirit, without impeding the writer's individual personalities. This testimony about God could only come from God. God's word is the final authority in all matters of faith and doctrine. His word contains all the answers for living a life of meaning, worth, and service to Him. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Hebrews 4:12).
All of mankind has been created in the image of God. The creation of mankind is the crowning feature of God's creation. God commissioned man to have dominion over His created world. Man was created without fault. Man was marred by his decision to disobey God. We have all been marred by our own disobedience toward God. This attitude of disobedience separates us from God and causes problems in life. (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Romans 6:23, Isaiah 59:1-2)
Salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ's sacrifice can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Jesus calls each of us to respond to His offer by believing in Him as Savior, repenting of our sins, and identifying with His death, burial, and resurrection through baptism (see Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:38; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; Romans 6:3-4).
About the Lord's Supper
We worship each Sunday around the Lord's Table. The church in Acts sets the example for us. We remember the death, burial, and resurrection as Jesus set out for us the night before His death. This is a time of worship and self examining for us every Sunday morning. Fellowship of the body of believers around the Lord's Table is a vital part of our worship. (Acts 20:7, Matthew 26:26-28).