â€œFor God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal lifeâ€ (John 3:16). God Almighty loves the whole world, and as Godâ€™s people we are called to love everyone and to invite them into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. We are called to make disciples of Jesus Christ. We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christâ€”the evangelistic message of Godâ€™s love and redeeming graceâ€”is to be shared with everyone. We believe in â€œopen hearts, open minds, open doorsâ€ but we donâ€™t only welcome people to our church. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we actively seek and invite people to come and be a part of what God is doing in the world. We endeavor to be examples of Godâ€™s redeeming love, so we share with others our personal testimonies of Godâ€™s transforming love. As a Christian church, we strive to bring everyone we can to Jesus Christ. We want the whole world to know the joy of Godâ€™s forgiveness and to experience the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit.
At First Church we see hospitality asÂ a means of sharing the love of God andÂ strive to practice hospitality as a way toÂ welcome, receive, and care for others. WeÂ are a welcoming church that opens ourÂ hearts and our doors to everyone, invitingÂ all to become a part of this family of faith.
First Church invites others intoÂ relationship with God and into our churchÂ community. Being invitational is moreÂ than merely inviting people to church;Â it means investing in their life in a wayÂ that makes them feel welcomed, invited,Â encouraged, and loved.
BE AN EXAMPLE
Evangelism is showing Christâ€™s love toÂ all people so that they, too, desire toÂ experience, know, and share this love withÂ a community of believers and with allÂ others. As individuals we strive to live asÂ disciples of Christ who are known for love,Â compassion, and works of justice.
SHARE YOUR STORY
Stories help us to better know one anotherÂ and open doors to deeper and moreÂ meaningful relationships. Sharing storiesÂ of Godâ€™s transformative work in ourÂ lives is a powerful way to invite others toÂ experience the same transformative workÂ of God for themselves.
We are committed to being an inclusive church. We acknowledge and celebrate theÂ diversity that exists in the community in which we live and serve. God cares deeplyÂ for all people, offering new life, meaning, and purpose. At First Church we strive toÂ do the same by welcoming all people into Christian community and discipleship.
CALL TO ACTION
Invite a neighbor, friend, family, or even someone you’ve just met to worship, attend a Christian Education class, orÂ come to a First Church event or activity.There are “pocket size” invite cards available.Â If you have a story of how God has impacted your life, considerÂ sharing your story with the Communications Department at FirstÂ Church by emailing Communications@FUMCPensacola.com.