• Welcome
  • Worship times
  • Directions
  • What to Expect
  • For Kids
  • Welcome to First Church

    We are glad you are here!  First Church is a place of dynamic community.  A place where people grow closer to God and grow closer to each other.  We welcome new members into our community every week.  Please join us on Sunday mornings at 8 am, 9:30 am, and 11 am.  There are many easy ways for you to plug into our community. If you have further questions please contact us via email or phone 954-752-0333 

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    Worship

    Every week we offer five unique Sunday services in our sanctuary.  Come join us this Sunday at...

    8 am Traditional Service with communion and hymn singing

    9:30 am Contemporary Service with a Praise Band

    11 am Traditional Service with a choir and hymn singing

     

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    Directions 

    Visit us at 8650 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, Florida 33065

    We are located on the south side of Sample road just west of Riverside Drive and just east of University Drive.  For Directions click here

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    What to Expect

    When you come to First Church expect to be welcomed into a dynamic Christian community.  Expect to interact with people who love God and each other.  Expect people who aren't afraid to acknowledge they don't have it all figured out and are asking relevant questions as they seek to live more fulfilled lives.  We offer a variety of worship services, small groups, serving opportunities, and events all aimed at meeting the specific needs of people in our church and local community. For more information please contact our office via email or phone 954-752-0333 

     

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    for kids

    The Children’s and Youth Ministry Teams at First Church are dedicated to loving and encouraging children on their journey as they discover God’s truths in relevant, age-appropriate ways. Our goal is that children and youth will learn how the Scriptures apply to their lives, laying the foundation for embracing God’s story and understanding how their story fits into His.  For more information on Children's Ministry contact Lisa Gonzales.  For more information on Youth Ministry contact Chris Linderman.

     

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What we Believe

What We Believe

This Statement of Faith describes our core beliefs as a church. There is nothing new or revolutionary about them. As you read through them, you’ll see that they are right in line with historical evangelical Christian theology. The word evangelical shows that the primary, authoritative source of our beliefs is the teaching of scripture. With the Bible as their source, these essential or core beliefs represent our unwavering commitments to God's truth and grace. For many years, Christians have disagreed over issues for which the Bible does not give specific direction. We leave non-essential beliefs up to the freedom of the individual. As a church, we focus on the essential beliefs—those with clear, biblical support.

The Bible

The foundation for our faith is the Bible, which we believe contains everything a person needs to know and be in relationship with God. The Bible, comprised of 66 Old and New Testament books, describes God’s initiative in drawing us back into relationship. Inspired by God, the books of the Bible were written by human authors, and contain their own individual styles, backgrounds, and cultural inflections. However, we believe that the Scriptures are the unique authoritative source for matters of faith and practice. No other writings are so inspired by God.

God

We believe in the triune God, one true, holy, and living God, who exists in three separate persons; God the Father as Creator, God’s only Son, Jesus Christ as Redeemer and Savior of the world, and the Holy Spirit as the counselor and sustainer of life. All three are distinct, but inseparable, forming a perfect and eternal relationship. God showed power, wisdom, and creativity when God made everything that is, seen and unseen; God shows sovereign might today by sustaining everything; continuing to fulfill the divine plan of redeeming the whole creation by constantly offering freedom and grace.

Jesus Christ

Jesus is the eternal second member of the Trinity. He was both fully God and fully human and lived a perfect life, always loving perfectly. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, he was born of the virgin Mary.  Through his voluntary death on the cross Jesus paid in full the debt of our sin, and bridges the gap between God and people for everyone who believes in him. After three days, he arose from the dead and now serves as the mediator between God and people, continually interceding for those who belong to him. Scripture says he will return some day to fulfill God’s plan of complete restoration of God’s perfect design for all of creation.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, the third member of the Trinity, is in the world reminding us of our need for God, nudging us to relationship with God through Christ, and empowering us to live God’s way. The Holy Spirit is constantly present to us providing comfort, strength, and encouragement. The Holy Spirit also enables understanding and application of scripture and gives unique, individual spiritual gifts to build up the church and facilitate ministry in the world. As we choose to yield to the Holy Spirit’s leading and shaping influence, the result is authentic fruit—character and behavior aligned with God’s design.

Salvation

The Good News of the Bible is God’s unmistakable pursuit of all people, urging them to enter new-life relationship made possible through Jesus Christ. Originally created to live in perfect harmony with God, we choose to go our own way and become separated from God. All of us have suffered the same fate of turning from God, experiencing separation, and being unable to restore that relationship by ourselves. Therefore, salvation is an act wholly initiated by God that is not added to or improved by any act of human goodness or kindness. We are saved by faith in God and the acceptance of God’s free gift of grace in Jesus Christ.

Human Destiny

God’s desire is to be in permanent love relationship with every person. Because God gives us a choice, it is possible for us to reject relationship with God and be forever separated from God’s light and love, a reality the Bible names hell. When we die, those who accept God’s offer of never-ending life we believe will enter into a new, perfect, eternal reality filled with God’s holy presence.   

The Church

Once we begin a relationship with Jesus Christ, we become members of Christ’s body—the Church. The Church universal is comprised of all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Bible paints vivid pictures of what believers are to do when we gather: worship, pray, encourage, teach the Word, serve and love each other through our creative giftedness, share communion and baptism (the two sacraments of the church), and reach out to the world.  When this happens, the church functions as a healthy organism. The Church is called to be not a fortress, where people hide away from the world, but a powerful, Spirit-driven force God can use to change the world. As such, all are welcome.

Baptism and Holy Communion

In the sacrament of baptism, we are initiated in the universal body of Christ, forgiven of our sins, and given new birth through water and the Spirit. When we receive Holy Communion, bread and juice symbolizing the body and blood of Jesus, it is a means of God’s grace, and represents our desire to live together in community. The sacrament of Holy Communion is open to any person who confesses Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

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