To this question, we answer: First Church is a group of people who are, simply put, disciples of Christ. We strive to put Him first in all things and to love others as He loves us. Our goal at First Church is to be disciples and to make disciples. Our church was established over 100 years ago bringing the message of salvation to our city; in 2018 we continue to share the Gospel of Christ and the Apostles' doctrine that salvation is a promise to each of us. We strive to create a church that empowers each individual, no matter their age or stage in life, to develop and enhance their relationship with their Creator. It is our priority to be a place where everyone has the opportunity to become a disciple and make a disciple in the family of God.
Our Pastoral Staff, under the direction of our Pastor, Rev. Zale Lewis,
is committed to teaching the Word, preaching the Gospel, and
serving the community of DeRidder. Our mission to be a church
where everyone is family is the vision of our Pastor,
and it's a goal that we continually strive toward
in championing the Kingdom of God.
About the Bible
The Bible is the infallible Word of God and the authority for salvation and Christian living.
(See II Timothy 3:15-17.)
There is one God, who has revealed Himself as our heavenly Father, in the flesh as Jesus Christ,
and as the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was God manifested in the flesh. He is both God and man.
(See Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 3:16.)
About Sin and Salvation
Everyone has sinned and needs salvation.
Salvation comes by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
(See Romans 3:23-25; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9.)
About the Gospel
The saving gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again.
We obey the gospel (II Thessalonians 1:8; I Peter 4:7) by repentance (death to sin),
water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (burial), and the baptism of the Holy Spirit
with the initial sign of speaking in tongues as the Spirit give the utterance (resurrection).
(See I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, 37-39; Romans 6:3-4.)
About Christian Living
As Christians we are to love God and others.
We should live a holy life inwardly and outwardly, and worship God joyfully.
The supernatural gifts of the Spirit, including healing, are for the church today.
(See Mark 12:28-31; II Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; I Corinthians 12:8-10.)
About the Future
Jesus Christ is coming again to catch away His church.
In the end will be the final resurrection and the final judgment.
The righteous will inherit eternal life, and the unrighteous eternal death.
(See I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:11-15.