Longview First Church of God

Where Grace Changes Everything

First Church of God is a non-denominational movement that affiliates with The Church of God, Anderson, Indiana,

and the Association of the Churches of God in Oregon and SW Washington.  


The purpose of this Church is to glorify God by fulfilling THE GREAT COMMANDMENT, "The Lord our God, the Lord is One, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.... and Love your neighbor as yourself".  (Mark 12:30-31, NIV), through THE GREAT COMMISSION, "...Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father an the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you".  (Matthew 28:19) Therefore, growing GOD'S GREAT CHURCH.


PURPOSE STATEMENT:


To worship God as we bring others to Christ and into His family;

serving, maturing, and equipping each other for ministry and mission.


OUR MISSION:


Magnify God

Mature Believers

Multiply the Kingdom



WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT:


God -

is the Creator and Ruler of all that exists.  He eternally exists and has revealed Himself in three persons:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  (Genesis 1:2,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2)


The Bible -

is God's written Word to all people.  Human authors wrote it under supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  Because it is inspired by God, the original manuscripts are truth without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1;13; Psalm 119:105; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)


Salvation -

is a free gift from God.  People can never make up for sin by self-improvement or good works.  However, all who admit their hopeless and sinful condition and turn from it, can be saved by accepting the shed blood of Jesus as God's provision for forgiveness.  (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:11)


Satan - is the created angel, Lucifer, who tried to usurp God's position.  Also known as the Devil, serpent, the accuser of the brethren, and the ruler of the kingdom of the air.  He is God's adversary and the enemy of mankind. (Isaiah 14;12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19; 1 Timothy 3:6; Ephesians 2:2; Revelation 20:10).


Heaven and Hell - 

Heaven is the eternal resting place for all who believe on Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord (Matthew 25:31-46; John 14:1-3).  Hell is the eternal place of torment and punishment for all those who do not accept Jesus as their Savior (Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 19:20; 20:10, 13;15).


Creation - 

God, through Jesus and His Holy Spirit, spoke into existence all that there is in six days, and on the seventh day He rested from creating, giving us the Sabbath Day.  (Genesis 1:1-2; 2; Exodus 20:8-11; John 1:3,10).


Life - 

All human life is sacred; therefore,  murder, abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia are wrong.  (Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:4-5; 51:5; 22:9-10; 139:34; Eccl. 3:1-2; Heb. 9:27).


People -

People are made in the image of God, to fellowship with God, worship Him and to be stewards of His creation.  People are the supreme objects of God's creation.  Although humans have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by disobedience toward God (the sinful human nature).  This separates people from God.  (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8;3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2).


Marriage - 

Marriage is between one man and one woman and is inteded to last the lifetime of the coupld.  Sexual relationships outside of thie marriage relationship are sin.  (Genesis 2:18, 21-24; Matthew 19:8; 1 Corinthians 6:9; romans 1:21-32; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13)


Eternity - 

Humans are created to live forever.  They will exist eternally, either separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God leads to Hell; to be in union with him leads to Heaven.  Both Heave and Hell are literal places of eternal existence.  (Ephesians 3;1-11; 2 Corinthians 4:18; 2 Peter 1:11; Revelation 14:9-12; 20:10).


Salvation -

Salvation is a gift from God.  People can never make up for sin by self-improvement or good works.  However, all who admit their hopeless, sinful condition and sincerely turn from it can be saved by accepting the shed blood of Jesus Christ as God's provision for forgiveness.  (Romans 6;23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1).







Where Grace Changes

Everything!