Core Values

 

Worship

Worship is the intentional choice to acknowledge, honor, and submit to God with our thoughts, words, and deeds.

We are created to be worshipers. Worship can be an individual act, expressed thru things like Bible study, prayer, meeting others’ needs, or any number of everyday actions that we choose to use to glorify God and point others toward him. It’s also a corporate act, when the individual members of the church gather together as one body every Sunday to celebrate God’s work in our lives and to encourage each other to live on mission.

Scripture: Acts 2:46
 

Prayer

A daily and personal conversation with God which shapes and changes us to be dependent on him.

Prayer is vital in the life of a follower of God, it’s our personal conversation with him. We pray so we may know God and become obedient to his plan for our life.

Scripture: Eph 6:18, Phil 4:6
 

Community

Building authentic Christian relationships while growing closer to God.

No one should do life alone and we are designed for relationships. We want everyone to be a part of a community where everyone is welcome, no one is perfect, and Jesus is discovered. 

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25, Acts 2:42, Acts 5:42, Matt 18:20
 

Generosity

People who give of money, talent and time, whatever God would ask of us.

Generosity impacts the world. We feel the way we can do this is by giving of our money, our talent and our time in the church and the community to show others the love of Jesus.

2 Cor 9:11, Romans 12:1, Matthew 23:11, I Peter 4:10, 2 Cor 9:7
 

Discipleship

Followers of Jesus helping others connect to God, the church and their mission.

Discipleship is not just something we do but its who we are. Discipleship is not only more head knowledge about scripture, but a better understanding of the next step to take in following Jesus.  The church is on mission when we are helping all people find and follow Jesus.

Scripture: Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:7-8

 

Scripture

When we open the Bible, God opens his mouth to teach, inspire and transform us.

We strive to teach the timeless truth of scripture to a constantly changing culture. Scripture is the inspired word of God, written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Scripture is our standard as followers of God in all we believe, say and do. We want all people to read, meditate, and be transformed by it.

II Timothy 3:16;  II Peter 1:20,21;  II Timothy 1:13;  Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

 

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What we believe

The Bible

That the Bible is the inspired Word of God, divinely preserved, “lamp unto my feet and a light unto our path”. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without and mixture or error.

(II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)

God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)

Jesus Christ

That Jesus in the flesh was both God and man. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for our sins by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22, 23 Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-14 Hebrews 4:14, 15; Philippians 2:5-8 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11, I Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13)

Holy Spirit

 

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment they are baptized into Christ. (Acts 2:38)  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.  As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.   

(II Corinthians 3:17;  John 16;7-13; 14:16,17;  Acts 1:8  I Corinthians 2:12;  3:16;  Ephesians 1:13;  Galatians 5:25;  Ephesians 5:18)

Human Beings

That every person has worth as a creation of God.  We are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.  People are the supreme objects of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by a destructive attitude of disobedience toward God called, “sin.”  This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. 

Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8;3-6; Isaiah 53:6a;  59: 1,2; Romans 3:23
 

Marriage

That marriage in Scripture is defined as the sacred union between one naturally born man and one naturally born woman. While the culture in which we live would recognize such practices as adultery, homosexuality, cohabiting without marriage as acceptable behavior, scripture defines these practices as sinful behavior.  These are not unforgivable sins.

(Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:22-24: I Corinthians 6:9-11)
 

Salvation 

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it.  We can never make up for our own sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty.  When we believe in Jesus as our Savior and Lord, turn from our self-ruled life, confess our faith in Him, and are baptized into Him, the Bible promises that we will receive the forgiveness of sins and the constant abiding gift of the of the Holy Spirit.

(Romans 6:23; 10:9,  5:1;  Ephesians 2:8,9;  John 1:12; 14:6; Acts 2:38;  Mark 16:16 Titus 3:5 Galatians 3:26)

The Church

That the church is the Body of Christ on earth and exists to save the lost and to build spiritually maturity. 

(Esphesians 4:13-18)

Eternity

That Jesus Christ will one day return to earth and reign forever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is hell.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.  Heaven and Hell are real places.                      

(John 3:16  John 2:25; John 5:11-13, Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15;  Matthew 1:8; Matthew 2:44  I Thessalonians 4:13-18 

 
 
 

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COVID-19 Update

FCCNP places a high priority on the safety of our attendees and community, as well as complying with Governor DeWine’s mandates and recommendations.  
 
Beginning Sunday, July 26, we will comply with Governor DeWine’s most recent mandate and request those attending a First Christian Church worship service wear masks. 
 

 

**FOOTNOTE**

This mandate does not apply to those in the process of leading, or  “officiating” a religious service and does not apply to children under 10 years of age or minors who cannot safely wear a face covering.

 
 
ONSITE SERVICES, SUNDAYS 10a
 
We want to reassure you of the measures we are actively taking to keep our building safe during this time. 
  • We have purchased disinfecting equipment that is routinely used throughout the building during the week, including restrooms and commonly touched areas, such as door handles, handrails, etc. 
On Sunday morning, we will take the following extra precautions:
  • MASKS are required.  Should you need a mask, we have some available at the parking lot entrance and the 3rd Street Auditorium entrance.  
  • WE WILL PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING.  Please do not gather and socialize in the lobby, visit in the parking lot. Welcome others warmly, but please do so with a smile or nod, rather than a handshake or hug. 
  • Physical distancing will continue in the auditorium where you will be seated by ushers to insure proper spacing. 
  • There will be no paper handouts (connection cards, offering envelopes, change for a dollar cards, bulletins). We encourage you to download our church app and the YouVersion Bible app.
  • Entrance doors will be propped open so you will not have to touch and door handles (other than restrooms). 
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located at each entrance. Please be mindful of those who may be allergic to sanitizer.
  • Nothing will be passed from person to person.  Individualized communion cups will be given to you upon entering the auditorium. The offering will be collected with containers as you leave.  You are encouraged to continue giving online through our app. 
  • You will be given instructions at the conclusion of the worship service on how to exit the auditorium. 
 
IN ADDITION, WE ASK THAT IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL, HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS RELATED TO COVID-19, OR LIVING WITH SOMEONE THAT IS ILL, PLEASE STAY HOME AND WATCH OUR SERVICE ONLINE UNTIL YOU ARE OUTSIDE OF THE RECOMMENDED CDC QUARANTINE WINDOW OF 14 DAYS. 
 
 

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