What We Believe


“There is no longer Jew or Greek; there is no longer slave or free;

there is no longer male or female,

for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

 Gal. 3:28 NRSV


This radical statement by Paul in the first century is reflected through our church covenant.


OUR COVENANT

As a community of faith, we covenant with one another:

--to seek and respond to the word and will of God;

--to accept one another with open minds and open hearts, cherishing our diversity;

--to do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with God and with one another;

--to proclaim the good news of a living and loving God to all the world. Amen. 





Our Church covenant was developed as a sign and symbol of Old First Church as an

open and affirming community, welcoming all persons

regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, or sexual identity or orientation.


As a people of God . . . 


We Affirm:

That God is the Creator of the universe;

That God is revealed in Jesus Christ;

That Jesus Christ is our redeemer, spiritual leader and teacher;

Freedom of conscience in matters of interpretation;

Soul liberty in matters of belief, and that the living and present Spirit of God empowers us to work for peace and justice in the world.

We Practice:

Our faith and worship in participation with the American Baptist Churches in the USA and the United Church of Christ;


 

Respect for diversity among individuals as children of God;

Acceptance of the variety of religious traditions;


 

Involvement in the concerns of our local communities,

and

   Support for our church’s wider mission in the United States and around the world.


We Aspire to:​​​​​​​


Proclaim the Good News of a Living and Loving God;

Nurture abundant spiritual health and growth for individuals and our community;

Increase our acceptance and respect for individual diversity;

Continue the historic witness and character of this congregation;

Become a people who foster a reverence for God’s creation;

Focus our awareness of and efforts in social concerns both locally and globally;

Provide a center for religious and social education (for all ages), and 

Provide an ever-widening range of opportunities for fellowship.