MISSION • PHILOSOPHY

“Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined."

" The Lord at His second advent shall not come with the "fiery law," speaking terror to His saints, but to be " glorified" and " admired" in them, Zion shall be the place of His throne, whence He shall judge and reign."

Mission Statement

First United endeavors to fulfill the commission from God to preach the gospel of glad tidings to all humanity, through love, service and obedience; also, to foster the gifts and talents of everyone, by caring, shepherding and nurturing the flock, in the knowledge and love of Christ, as we await His return.

Our Vision

Execute God’s commission to “go” and enlighten the nations about His Glorious Gospel and His return, as we “connect-grow-serve” others, in an effort to win souls for the Kingdom.

The Articles of Faith

We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.

We believe in the Oneness of the Godhead. There is only one God manifested as the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and that Jesus who represents the fullness of the Godhead bodily, is the Eternal Father made visible.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His atoning death, and in His resurrection and hope of eternal life.

We believe that in the plan of salvation for sinful men, one must experience the new birth, which includes true repentance, water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues; and, consistently living a Holy life.

We believe in the observance of the Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper as a sacrament along with washing of the feet as an ordinance.

We believe in Divine Healing.

We believe in the second coming of Christ and His Millennial Reign.

The Baptismal Formula

We believe the baptismal formula is to be pronounced “in the Name of Jesus Christ.” Baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ is Apostolic in origin and practice (Acts 2:38; 8:12-17; 10:47-48; 19:1-6). Their teaching and doctrines are the fundamental principles upon which the Church was built. The two men in route to Emmaus had their understanding opened as Jesus said unto them, “Thus it behooved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day; and that repentance and remission of sin should be preached IN HIS NAME among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:46-48).

According to Acts 2:38, the Apostles obeyed the command of Jesus Christ cited in Luke 24:46-47. In their obedience to this command, the Apostles became first in the long line of believers to baptize in the Name of Jesus Christ. First United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) does not believe that there is a contradiction between Matthew 28:19 (a commission) or the command given in Acts 2:38. This command must be executed! In the former, the Apostles were told what to do, in the latter they did it.