SUNDAYS 8:15 AM and 10:45 AM

GOD



We believe God is the creator of mankind and all things seen and unseen. We believe God has chosen to reveal Himself in a triune manner - God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. There is no other God but Him. Genesis 1:1-2; Exodus 20:3; Matthew 3:16-17; John 14:9-10; Acts 17:24-28; Colossians 1:15-16 


BIBLE


We believe the Bible is the absolute truth and inspired word of God. It is the final authority on matters of faith and belief. Hebrews 4:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-17, 4:1-4; Romans 15:4; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21 


JESUS


We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s eternal and only begotten Son, who was born of a virgin, was crucified and died on a cross for the forgiveness of our sins to show us the way to eternal life. He was physically resurrected and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. John 1:14; Matthew 1:18; John 20:24-31; Romans 5:6-11; John 3:16; Colossians 1:19-20 


HOLY SPIRIT


We believe in the Holy Spirit who dwells in every Christian, and who encourages, guides, comforts and transforms us to be like Jesus. We believe that a spiritual gift is a special ability, given by the Holy Spirit to every believer, to be used to minister to others and build up the Body of Christ. The exercise or use of any spiritual gift must be in accordance with Scriptural principles and under the oversight of the Eldership of the local church. John 14:15-21, 25-26; Acts 2:43, 8:18-23; Romans 8:10-14, 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 12-14; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Revelation 1:10 


MANKIND


We believe that mankind was created by God in His own image, willingly sinned against God, and is therefore separated from God, without hope, except through Jesus Christ. Genesis 1:26-27; 5:1; Colossians 1:21; Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Romans 3:23; John 1:5-8 


ETERNITY


We believe that eternal life in heaven, in the presence of God, is the final destiny of Christians; and tragically, the final destiny of those who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord is eternal separation from God in hell. 1 Corinthians 15:50-57; Revelation 3:20-21, 20:11-15, 21-22; Luke 12:5; John 6:47; Hebrews 9:27-28; Romans 8:9-14 


SALVATION


We believe salvation comes by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ. Salvation does not come as the result of something we have done but rather because of what God has done. It is a free gift that cannot be earned or deserved. We believe the Bible clearly teaches that the pattern to follow to receive Jesus as Savior is to believe, profess and accept Christ the son of the living God and Savior of the world; to repent (to make a full turn away) of personal sin; and to be baptized (immersed in water) for the forgiveness of sins; and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus is an example for baptism, and baptism is a Biblical command, and early Christians practiced baptism in this manner. We, also, believe that all Christians need to strive to daily live faithfully committed to Christ. We believe in the sanctification of all believers. This process is the marriage of two necessary conditions, the power of divine grace and human responsibility. A life lived in such a manner is the proof text of saving faith. The condition to our security is that we must truly be saved. Someone who claims to be saved, yet lives a life of continual habitual sin is living with a false security. Matthew 26:28, 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:46–47; John 3:3-5, 15:1-7; Acts 2:38, 10:44-48, 22:16; Romans 5:9-10, 6:1–14, 22, 8:13-14; Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26-27, 5:16-21; Ephesians 2:8–9, 4:22-24, 5:25-27; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:21-23, 2:11-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; 2 Timothy 2:19; Titus 3:3-7; Hebrews 6:4-8; 1 Peter 3:18-22; 2 Peter 2:20, 3:9; 1 John 3:6 


FOLLOWING JESUS


We believe as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we are called to live a holy and grace filled life that reflects the love, mercy, and forgiveness of Christ in all that we do. We believe all Christians should actively seek the will of Jesus Christ in their lives by striving to eliminate personal sin and working to oppose sin in the world. Christians should provide for the widows, orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, the sick, and value the sanctity of human life, which we believe starts at conception. Leviticus 6:2-5; Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13; Matthew 5:13-16, 5:43-48, 22:36-40, 25:35; Mark 1:29-34; Luke 10:27-37; Romans 12-14; James 1:27; Psalm 101:5; Luke 10:30-37; Colossians 3:12-17 


CHURCH


We believe Jesus Christ is the head of the Church. We believe the Church is the body of Christ, founded on the day of Pentecost and consisting of all Christians everywhere. We believe the local church is an autonomous body, which cooperates with many Christian agencies but is regulated or dominated by none. Acts 2, Matthew 18:20; Acts 2:41-42, 2:47; Ephesians 5:23; 1 Corinthians 5:4 


CHURCH LEADERSHIP


We believe it is God’s plan for the Elders to lead (shepherd and lovingly guide) the local church by example and their leadership is accountable to God. The Elders are the final authority in the interpretation of scripture. 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4 


WHY WE OFFER COMMUNION WEEKLY


We believe that communion is to be an integral and significant part of a worship service. Christians should experience the real presence of Christ, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as they recall those events related to Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross and show proper respect and appreciation for His ultimate sacrifice through which we have forgiveness of sin. We believe the early Christians (followers of Christ) celebrated communion together each time they met for worship on the Lord’s Day. This is our tradition as well. Acts 2:42, 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30 


MARRIAGE


We believe marriage is a holy union instituted by God to unite one man and one woman into a life-long covenant commitment. We believe no other such relationship can be described as a marriage. It is God’s unique gift revealing and signifying to us the union between Christ and His Church and is to be entered into reverently and in fear of God. It provides for the husband and wife (who have equal worth before God) the framework for intimate companionship, the channel for sexual expression, and the means for having children and establishing a Christian home. Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-25, 3:1-20; Psalm 78:1-8; Matthew 19:3-9; Romans 1:24-28; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-21; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7 



After much prayer and study, this is the basic doctrinal beliefs of First Christian Church of Monmouth, IL. It is not to be critical of other individual personal beliefs, church groups or denominations on their beliefs and interpretations of scripture, but to proclaim simply and understandably what we believe and briefly state why. This is done for the purpose of unity of this body of believers as we worship, study and serve our God together. 

WHAT WE BELIEVE