Beliefs

"Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."  John 8:12

The Congregational Way is a way of following Christ.  It emphasizes the tradition of a free church, gathered under the headship of Christ and bound to others not by law but by love.  Congregationalists do not seek to be led by a creed, but by the Spirit.  Therefore, a creedal statement is not required of members of the congregation.  Our purpose is to gather a fellowship of Christian people who with the rights of private judgment, seek to follow the way of life given by Jesus of Nazareth.  Our fellowship is based on the acceptance of the following covenant rather than on uniformity of belief.

”We covenant with the Lord and with one another and do bind ourselves in the presence of God to walk together in all His ways according as He is pleased to reveal Himself unto us.”

First Congregational Church is gathered to love and serve the Lord and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We gather for worship, fellowship and Christian education, offering members of the congregation opportunities to strengthen their spiritual walk.  Some years ago, these statements of beliefs generally held by members of the Congregational Churches were drawn up.  Although they are binding on no one, they express the broad outline of our Christian beliefs.

FAITH - "We believe in God the Father, infinite in wisdom, goodness and love; and in Jesus Christ His Son, our Lord and Savior.  Who for us and our salvation lived and died and rose again and liveth evermore; and in the Holy Spirit, who taketh of the things of Christ and revealeth them to us, renewing, comforting, and inspiring the souls of men.  We are united in striving to know the will of God as taught in the Holy Scriptures, and in our purpose to walk in the ways of the Lord, made known or to be made known to us.  We hold it to be the mission of the Church of Christ to proclaim the gospel to all mankind exalting the worship of the one true God and laboring for the progress of knowledge, the promotion of justice, the reign of peace, and the realization of human brotherhood.  Depending, as did our fathers, upon the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth, we work and pray for the transformation of the world into the Kingdom of God and we look with faith for the triumph of righteousness and the life everlasting."

POLITY - "We believe in the freedom and responsibility of the individual soul and the right of private judgment.  We hold to the autonomy of the local church and its independence of all ecclesiastical control.  We cherish the fellowship of the churches, united in district, state and national bodies for counsel and cooperation in matters of common concern."