What We Believe & Proclaim
A common question among those considering Hermiston First Christian Church is, “What do you believe?” The answer to this important question touches on several key areas….
We believe the Bible, which is comprised of the Old and New Testament, to be the inspired Word of God. We believe it to be our final authority for faith and life.
We believe God to be the Creator of the world. The Word of God tells us we are created in His image. He is our Heavenly Father, and is characterized by love, holiness, grace and justice.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, sent as Savior of and to the world. We believe in his deity, virgin birth and his sinless life; his miracles, and his atoning death on the cross. We believe he lives in heaven and intercedes for us. We believe he will one day return to take his people home to Heaven.
We believe in the resurrection of the crucifed body of Jesus, in his ascension to Heaven, and his present life there for us as Advocate. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those saved unto a resurrection of life, and those lost unto a resurrection of punishment in hell.
We believe that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Sin is missing God’s mark, his will and way, for our lives. In essence, sin is rebellion before God; disobedience to God’s commands. It separates us from God. Faith in, acceptance of, and obedience to Jesus Christ is the only remedy for sin.
We believe that Jesus died for our sins to redeem us; sacrificing himself on our behalf. Therefore, salvation – freedom from sin’s punishment – is found by faith in Jesus. We believe this redemption involves believing in Jesus as Savior, repenting of one’s sins, confessing Jesus as Lord, being baptized (immersed) into him, and living a life characterized by obedience to his Word.
The Lord’s Supper
We believe the highlight and heart of our weekly assembly is the celebration of the Lord’s Supper (or “Communion”). At this special time we come, at Jesus’ invitation, to examine our lives, open our hearts, and remember the price paid for our salvation. All followers of Jesus are invited to participate in this memorial celebration.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit in the heart and mind of the Christian; that he comforts and guides in the Christian’s life, even as he equips and enables for faithful Christian service. We believe that he operates through the Word of God to convert the unsaved and empower the saved, seeking to bring us into Christ-likeness.
We believe that Jesus established the Church to serve as his ambassadors on earth. Therefore the Church serves as an ongoing testimony of the Good News of salvation in Jesus. We believe the Church is made up of people rather than a building, and her ministry is an essential demonstration of God’s love for those convinced of who Jesus is, as well as those who are unconvinced.