What We Believe 2017-02-03T18:07:08+00:00

WHAT WE BELIEVE

ONE HOLY GOD – Eternally existent in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
THE HOLY BIBLE – Is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God and the source of Christian belief and teaching.
MAN – Was created in the image of God but fallen – lost and powerless to save himself.
JESUS CHRIST – Is the virgin-born Son of God and was crucified to take upon Himself the punishment for the sin of all mankind. He arose from the dead; thereby conquering sin, death and the grave. Jesus will personally return to the earth in glory and take Christians to Heaven.
MAN’S ONLY HOPE – Is to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
WHAT WE CELEBRATE – Water Baptism and Holy Communion are among the ways we celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every service is a celebration of the hope we have in Christ.
HEALING – Consistent with His ministry on earth, Jesus Christ still offers healing for our physical, relational, and emotional needs.
HOLY SPIRIT – Indwells those who receive Christ and empowers believers to live righteous and holy lives. We believe in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, along with the Gifts of the Spirit found in 1 Corinthians 12. We believe these gifts are available to believers today.
LIFESTYLE – When a life is changed by the love of Christ, we begin a journey of becoming like Christ. It is displayed inwardly by joy and peace; outwardly by a life of integrity and service; and relationally by love and grace. Our lives are directed by the commandments found in God’s Word and the leadings of the Holy Spirit.
ETERNITY – Jesus will return and show himself to be King of Kings. No one knows the day or time that he will return. Life as we know it will come to an end and everyone will be held accountable for the choices in their lives. Heaven awaits those who have a personal relationship with God, without the influence of evil and pain. Separation from God (Hell) is filled with sorrow and awaits those who reject Christ as their savior.
THE CHURCH – The Body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head, is comprised of believers who have been spiritually changed by the atonement of Jesus Christ and the personal work of the Holy Spirit. Christians are called to pursue God’s mission, both collectively and individually. For some it is a vocation, for all it is a passion.
AG.org has more information about our tenants of faith.

CORE VALUES

PRAYER – “At Lancaster First Assembly, we pray first.” “Pray continually” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)
TEACHING OF GOD’S WORD – “At Lancaster First Assembly, we teach to transform.” “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” – Romans 10:17 (NIV)
AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY – “At Lancaster First Assembly, ministry flows out of relationships.” “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:46-47 (NIV)
GENERATIONS – “At Lancaster First Assembly, all generations matter.” “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.” – Psalm 90:1 (NIV)
LEADERSHIP – “At Lancaster First Assembly, every member is a minister.” “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NIV)
GENEROSITY – “At Lancaster First Assembly, we are blessed to be a blessing. We live to give.” “And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” – Acts 17:25 (NIV)
ACCEPTANCE – “At Lancaster First Assembly, we say to all ‘You can Belong!’” “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.” – John 3:16 (NIV)
EXCELLENCE – “At Lancaster First Assembly, excellence matters by giving Him our best.” “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Philippians 4:8 (NIV)