We believe that by the Grace of God, having heard and obeyed the Word, man can have salvation. One must repent, confess, accept Christ as Lord and Savior, and be immersed into Christ, receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and continue to live in accordance with Christ's teachings.
Within the United States, as well as around the world, there is a growing number of people who have come to be known as "Christians" only. Friends Community Church is one of these churches.
The uniqueness of this group lies in its desire to restore the church of the New Testament, not in its form of dress, mode of transportation, or in the language spoken or read, but in its doctrines, ordinances and faith. Because of this position, we have come to look upon ourselves as the "RESTORATION MOVEMENT".
This movement is not "just another denomination", since we have not chosen a denominational or "man-made" name, creed, or book of doctrine.
Our name, as individual members, is Christian. As a church we decided on the name Friend's Community Church. Jesus is the friend to whom the church belongs. We are not the only Christians; we are Christians only!
As to our creed (from the Latin "credo", meaning "I believe") we believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God, as Lord and as Savior. Our book of doctrine, or list of beliefs is simply the Word of God. Thus as one man expressed it, "We have no creed but Christ, no book but the Bible, no name but the name Christian."
We are neither non-denominational nor Protestants. We are pre-denominational because the church we are restoring is the church of the New Testament. That church existed before man created religious denominations. The word "Protestant" is derived from the protesting of the followers of Martin Luther against the decision of the Diet of Speier in 1529 which denied liberty of worship to the reformers. Later other groups in turn broke with the Lutheran, Presbyterian, or other denominations, protesting some part of their doctrine. As a result, these "protesters" went on to reform still other denominations.
As a "Restoration Movement" we have not broken with a particular group in an attempt to protest or "reform". The early participants in this movement consisted, instead, of those who left a variety of denominations and religious groups. They did this, not in an attempt to reform any particular denominations, but rather in an effort to restore the "original" church of the New Testament.
Who is Jesus?
God did not design man to be separated from Him. The book of Genesis tells us that Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden condemned them and all their descendants—us—to God’s judgment. Man was given the Law, but his sinful human nature made it impossible to obey that Law perfectly.
God knew all along that the time would come when it would be necessary to send His Son to live on earth. Why? God foresaw mankind’s wickedness and knew that no human could do anything to deserve salvation, no matter how good he/she lives his/her life. Like any innocent lamb sacrificed in Old Testament times, His Son Jesus—blameless, perfect, and pure—was sacrificed in the most humiliating way possible, on the cross at Calvary to pay the price for the sins of each one of us. Jesus Christ triumphed over death in His resurrection, which assures us that His Word is true and that He is Lord. Because He and God the Father are One, Jesus had the power all along to avoid this undeserved punishment but yet He freely chose it for the sake of every person who would acknowledge His gift and accept it. By accepting the gift of Christ, a person is rewarded with eternal life in Heaven instead of the punishment he/she deserves. This is the essence of John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (NIV)
God expects so little of us in exchange for this ultimate gift of salvation. He requires only this:
- To pray for forgiveness of your sins by asking Jesus Christ to come into your heart and take control of your life
- To confess before man that Jesus Christ is Lord
- To be baptized as a public declaration of your faith
A sincere prayer asking God for His forgiveness is all that stands between a person and eternal life! If you have done this, you can trust that Jesus has saved you and that He has adopted you as a child of God.
The enemy, Satan, will do everything possible to keep you from turning to Christ. He will deceive you with your own thoughts, such as:
- Satan's Lie: "God doesn't want somebody like me."
- God's Truth: God desires a relationship with every single one of us--we only need to accept His Son to have it.
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
1 John 4:8-11 “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
- Satan's Lie: "I'll go to church sometime when I get myself straightened out."
- God's Truth: You cannot "straighten yourself out" on your own. Come to Christ and let Him take your burdens and transform your life into who God wants you to be.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
- Satan's Lie: "I try to live a good life and treat everyone right."
- God's Truth: NO man, on his own merits, can ever be good enough to earn his way into Heaven.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
- Satan's Lie: "I've done so many bad things in my life. It's just too late for me."
- God's Truth: There is no big or little sin. Sin is sin. The only way we can be acceptable in God's sight to have that relationship with Him is through His perfect Son, Jesus. To accept His Son as your Savior gains access to God the Father.
John 14:5-7 Thomas said to him, Lord, we know not where you go; and how can we know the way? Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you should have known my Father also: and from now on you know him, and have seen him.
It is our prayer that you will join the kingdom of God and that you will worship and serve Him, whether you choose to do that at our church or elsewhere. Please contact us so we can help you in any way possible.