Connect 101 Class

Several times each year we offer our Connect 101 class. All new members of FIRST Family and any members who may not have been able to attend the class are invited. We also invite anyone who may be attending our church for a while who would like to know a little more about our church before becoming a member.

The purpose of Connect 101 is to help people to connect to FIRST Family and to know who we are and how they may become an active part of the body.  We cover things like What We Believe; Who We Are & How You Fit In; Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts; and How To Share Your Personal Testimony and when you finish the class you will hopefully know what Our Vision is and something of our ministries and our beliefs. It also allows you to get to know a few more people and to facilitate quicker assimilation into the life of our church.

Normally, the class is scheduled for a particular Saturday afternoon and we meet from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The class is taught by Ron Bodlander, our Minister of Discipleship or by Pastor Clifford Vick, our Associate Pastor.

If you have any questions about Connect 101 and when the next class will be offered, please contact Pastor Cliff via email: cvick58@hotmail.com

Baptism

We practice in our church New Testament Baptism which is clearly seen to be for believers only and by immersion. (Mark 1:9; Acts 18:8, Col. 2:12, Rom. 6:4). Baptism is important, but it does not make you a Christian or have any part in your salvation. It is a symbol of your belief. It does not “save” you; only Christ can do that. Baptism is like a wedding ring–it is an outward symbol of the commitment you have made in your heart. We are baptized in obedience to Christ’s command and commission found in Matthew 18:18-20:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you, and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

The reason that we baptize by immersion is:

  1. Because Jesus was baptized that way according to Scripture. (Matt. 3:16)
  2. Because every baptism recorded in the New Testament was by immersion. (Acts 8:38-39)
  3. Because baptism is meant to symbolize death, burial, and resurrection. (It symbolizes Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. It also symbolizes the believer’s death to his old life, the burial of that sinful life, and a resurrection to a new life in Christ. And someday we all will die physically, and be buried, but we will also, according to Christ’s promise, be raised to be with him.
  4. Because the Greek word used (baptizo) and translated as baptize in the N.T. literally means “to immerse or dip underwater.

We baptize only those who are believers in Christ (Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12-13)

If you have come to faith in Jesus Christ and desire to be baptized, please contact one of our pastors or come forward during the invitation at the close of our worship service and share this desire with our Pastor.

Membership

We believe it is important to be a member of a local church and to make a commitment to be a part of a local body of believers. Sadly, many in our day and some denominations and churches no longer recognize a need for formal membership in a church. There are several excellent reasons why we are committed to people becoming members of a local church.

It is Biblical, and Christ “loved the church and gave himself up for her.”  (Eph. 5:25)

It is needed in a society where a lack of commitment to almost everything prevails.

It is needed to identify who can be counted on. Membership identifies who is in our First Family. (Every team has a roster of players, every school has a roll of those enrolled in their school, every business has a payroll, etc.) This helps to identify attendees from members.

It encourages spiritual growth. We need to be accountable to God and also to other believers.

We hope you will pray about becoming a member of First Family. Be assured we will never ask you to do more than what the Bible teaches.

How to Become a Member of First Family

We would love to have you join us and link our arms together to reach our community with the Gospel and to serve our Lord Jesus Christ together. We try not to make it difficult to become a member.  If the Spirit is leading you to be a member of First Family, you are encouraged to speak with one of our pastors or to come forward at the end of our worship service and share this desire with a pastor. You will most likely be asked these questions:

  1. Have you put your faith in Jesus Christ and trusted him as your Savior?
  2. Have you been biblically baptized (by immersion)? If not, do you want to be baptized?
  3. Have you prayed about becoming a member, and do you sense God leading you to be a member of First Family?

If the answer is YES to all of these questions, then we will welcome you into the fellowship of First Family. We will introduce you and share your decision with the entire church at an appropriate time. We also encourage all New Members to attend the Connect 101 class when it is offered, if you can.

Classes & Groups

It is our vision to be a church that teaches and preaches God’s Word. It is important to be a people who know and live out the teachings of the Bible. The Word is vital to the making of a disciple and to the maturity of a believer. Therefore, we attempt to give people many opportunities to study and to be under the teaching and preaching of the Word of God. We are a Biblical church, and we make no apologies for this. We believe that no one can grow as a believer apart from knowledge of the Bible. On Sunday mornings, we usually offer Bible study classes for every age group from pre-school to senior adult.

Currently, we have had to shut down these classes but are looking forward to reopening them in the fall if the situation allows for it.

During the week, we have at least 3 Bible Studies available for adults:

  1. Monday Morning Women’s Community Bible Study at 9:15 am
    This class taught by Jan Hall will resume meeting on Monday, September 14 at 9:15am in the worship center.
  2. Tuesday Morning Pastor’s Class at 10:00 am
    Bible Study is meeting in the worship center on Tuesdays at 10:00am.  They are currently going through the book of Daniel.  We are continuing to ZOOM for those who remain at home.  If you need information on this class or how to participate by Zoom, please contact the church office.
  3. Wednesday Evening Bible Study at 6:00 pm
    Taught by Ron Bodlander. Call is meeting through ZOOM, but will begin meeting in person on Wednesday, September 16 at 6:00pm in room A-102. They are currently going through the book of Isaiah.  Details of how to attend this class on Zoom are emailed each Monday to members, but if you would like to participate, please contact our church office, and we can send you the email information on how to attend this class by Zoom.

Small Groups

Through the years, we have had several small groups for adults that meet at different times in members’ homes. These are wonderful opportunities for believers to learn God’s Word in a relaxed setting and get to know other people better. Small groups are very effective, and we are making plans to begin several new small groups in different places sometime in the fall–but again when we can start these groups safely is dependent upon COVID-19 situation in the fall.