WHAT WE BELIEVE
First Light Ministries is a conservative and evangelical understanding of Christian doctrine. Our desire is to unconditionally love people, to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, as far as it depends on us, with other believers who may disagree with us. However, we believe that we must hold tenaciously to the teaching of Scripture in all matters of faith and practice.
THE BIBLE: We believe the Bible is the Word of God in its entirety; infallible, verbally inspired, and inerrant in all that it affirms as originally written, and fully authoritative.
THE TRIUNE GOD: We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe this God is the Creator of all things, including man, for His own pleasure and purposes.
JESUS CHRIST: We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God the Son, that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as our substitute and sin-bearer, rose bodily from the grave, ascended into heaven, and is coming again. We believe in the imminent, visible and physical return of Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures.
MAN: We believe that our first parents, Adam and Eve, fell into sin through disobedience to God’s will, and that all people are sinners by nature as well as by choice. Apart from the saving grace of God, we are eternally lost and destined for eternal punishment in hell.
SALVATION: We believe that all who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by grace through faith are born again into the family of God and from that moment on possess an eternal home in heaven that awaits them.
THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune God and regenerates everyone who humbly repents of sin and believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives. Every believer, from the moment of regeneration, is baptized by the Spirit into the body of Christ, is indwelt by the Spirit, and is sealed by the Spirit as a guarantee of eternal salvation that cannot be lost. By yielding control of their life to Christ, on a daily basis, the believer is filled with the Spirit and empowered for Christian service.
THE CHURCH: We believe the local church is a body of believers in Jesus Christ, whose purpose it is to exalt God in worship; to edify the saints through biblical instruction, prayer, and fellowship; to evangelize the lost by testifying to the grace of Christ; and to extend the reach of the church through missions. We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus left two ordinances to be outwardly observed by the church namely, baptism and the Lord’s Table (Communion).