Family In Faith is a diverse and creative Christian community here to connect with people who are seeking spiritual direction. We believe that serving God in Christian community—where the power of God’s Truth is experienced through God’s loving people—is one of the best ways to create families who follow Jesus.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT AT FAMILY IN FAITH:
The Bible The Bible is God’s Word, without error. It is the rule and authority for how we function as a Christian community and how we function as individuals. Only in the Bible do we learn of a God who demonstrates His love for sinners by sacrificing His only Son.
Relevance Christianity is not a religion; it is a way of life, following the Creator of life. Knowing Jesus affects all areas of life, bringing wisdom, hope, direction, fulfillment, and forgiveness.
People Family In Faith is made up of real people who come from many diverse backgrounds. Jesus sacrificed himself for the sake of other people. We are called to do the same, in big and little ways, through serving and giving. Our needs are secondary, especially to those who do not know Jesus.
Fun God’s forgiveness in Jesus gives us a joyful spirit that sustains and empowers. We enjoy celebrating together, having fun together, and just being with each other. We seek creative ways of ministry that connect with passions in enjoyable ways.
OUR WORSHIP STYLE:
Worship is everything that we do in response to GOD. When we come together as GOD’s people for a worship service, then we believe that music is a perfect way to unify us and focus our hearts and minds on Christ. We strive to make your Sunday morning worship exciting and powerful, creative and joyful, timeless and relevant. Family In Faith is fairly informal, both in it’s “traditional” worship service at 8am, and “contemporary” worship at 10:30am. To us, the most important thing isn’t HOW we worship, but WHO we worship: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
WHAT DENOMINATION IS FIFCC?
Family In Faith is affiliated with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, a biblically and culturally conservative Christian denomination. For more information on our beliefs, you can visit lcms.org.
WHAT WE BELIEVE:
The Bible is the only source of knowledge about God and His forgiveness. We can discover things about God by observing the beauty of creation or the orderly nature of the human body. But we can’t discover God’s forgiveness from the natural world. The Bible’s god is this creator God, and it also tells us much more about Him. Only in the Bible do we learn that while God is a just God who punishes sin, He is also a merciful God who forgives our sin at no cost to us.
It is through the Bible that God speaks to us today, giving us the rule and norm for all we do and say. Since God’s Holy Spirit directed and guided men as they wrote the Bible, it is true and without error.
There is only one true God. Contrary to public opinion, only one spiritual path leads to heaven. And that path passes through the God of the Bible, who has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God the Father is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. When God first made the universe, He was pleased with everything He created. And when He created mankind—Adam and Eve—the Bible tells us God said they were “very good!” By giving them each a soul, God’s desire was that they would reflect His image, live in fellowship with Him and care for His creation. But Adam and Eve weren’t satisfied God would provide and care for them in the best way possible. So they rebelled against God. Once they broke that relationship, their natures became selfish and self-centered.
Every human being is born with a self-centered (sinful) nature and a tendency for evil that violates God’s will and desire. Attempts to change human nature or to please God with our own good are doomed to failure, for God demands perfection. No matter how hard we try, we are not and can never be perfect. Therefore, all of us are in the same boat: we need to be forgiven. That total and real forgiveness is found only in Jesus.
Jesus Christ is God the Son. Jesus Christ was God in the flesh—He was 100% human and 100% God, all in one. As such, He experienced all the pain, suffering, and temptation we do. But because He was God, He dealt with it all in perfect, sinless ways. He did what none of us can do: He never sinned. After publicly teaching and demonstrating that He was God, He allowed Himself to be crucified on a cross, paying the price for the sin of the world. Through His crucifixion, the debt we owe for our sin has been forgiven. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead testifies to this fact.
God the Holy Spirit gives us this new relationship with Jesus. It’s a relationship built on faith, a simple word that speaks more about heart-knowledge than head-knowledge. “To have faith in Jesus” means “Jesus has saved and forgiven me…and I trust in that fact.” It’s the Spirit who gives us that relationship. That same Spirit constantly reminds us of what Jesus has done, encouraging and empowering us to mature in this relationship with God.
The Church is the fellowship of everyone God has brought to faith. The Church is more than one congregation or denomination. It consists of everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
God has given His Church two great gifts to continue its growth: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper.
In Baptism, God establishes a relationship with us, marking us as members of His Family and promising to always be our God. While baptism is a simple act of washing with water in the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, its power lies in God’s Word as He gives us a new name—His.
The power of the Lord’s Supper is also found in the Word of God when Jesus promises that “this (bread) is my body…this (wine) is my blood.” While the Supper is a simple act consisting of bread and wine and involving all of our senses, the Word of God insures that Jesus’ body and blood are also present, in and with the bread and wine, for the strengthening of our relationship with Him.
A Christian is a member of the Church not because of what she has done or who he is, but because God has brought him into a relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. It’s a very one-sided thing: God has forgiven our sin because of Jesus’ death on the cross; now His Spirit brings us into God’s Family so that what Jesus did, He did for us personally. So even though our imperfections remain with us while here on earth, thanks to Jesus we are already perfect in God’s eyes.
Christians are called to live for Jesus, seeking to serve and honor Him in all facets of life. Life cannot be divided into compartments, some where Jesus is present, others where He is not, for He is the author and Lord of all of life.
To guide us in how to live, God gave the Ten Commandments. The first three of these commandments address our relationship with God: He wants and deserves to be first in our lives; we are to treat Him and His name with respect; worship of Him should be a regular part of life.
The last seven commandments address our relationships with people. This group covers the waterfront and forms the basis for an orderly society: authority is to be respected, beginning in the parent/child relationship; life should be protected, not intentionally taken; sexual intimacy is a gift to be shared only between husband and wife; treat a person’s property, name, and relationships with respect.
Jesus condensed these commandments into two: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind,” and, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
The tension in the Christian walk is that we are called to love people deeply and obey God fully. Thankfully, God forgives us when we fail and gives us His forgiveness and love to share with others!
Death is no longer something to be feared. Rather, all those who trust in Jesus will live in joy with Him in heaven for eternity. Death is now simply a doorway to another level of intimacy with God.
Worship We come together to sing, pray, and hear GOD’s Word. We believe that GOD’s Word is the lens that we should use to see everything else clearly. It is the story by which all other stories are to be understood. We believe GOD’s Word is the key to understanding why we are here, what we are to do, and who we are to be. At Family In Faith, our goal is to open GOD’s Word so that it is easy to understand, relevant, and applicable to everyday life.
Family We believe the whole family should worship GOD together. This gives Moms and Dads a chance to model how to pray, sing, and join every families in worship each week. When it’s time to hear from GOD’s word, on the first and third Sunday every month, we have a Children’s Church designed just for kids from 4 years old through 6th grade.
Lord’s Supper We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every week: at 8am, the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month, and at 10:30am, on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday of the month.
We invite you to join us in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper: If you have been baptized and instructed in the Christian Faith.
If you believe:
1) You are by nature sinful, and apart from Christ, and unable to win God’s favor.
2) That Jesus Christ, the Son of God, lived a perfect life and died a sinless death in your place.
3) That God the Father, for the sake of Jesus, forgives your sin, makes you one with Him again, and unites you with all those who confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
4) That in the bread and wine of Holy Communion Jesus is truly present, feeding us with His own body and blood, assuring us of the forgiveness He has won for us, binding us to Himself, and calling us to live at peace with one another.
If you intend to change your life, calling upon the Holy Spirit to give you the power to live in such a way as to bring honor to the God who has saved you by His grace.
At Family In Faith, we baptize all ages into God’s family, into forgiveness of sin and a new life marked as belonging to Jesus. If you or someone you love wants to be baptized, contact Pastor Steve for more information.