First Christian Church of Malvern - Believe, Belong, and Become like Jesus!

We are affiliated with Independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. These churches began from the "Restoration Movement" in the early 19th century on the American frontier under the leadership of such men as Barton Stone and Alexander Campbell.

We are an independent, autonomous, non-denominational Christian Church. 

What does all that mean? Simply, it means we're not connected to a denominational head. Jesus is the head of our church family.  We're then led by a group of elders selected from our congregation. Our final authority is the Bible. 

Core Values

1.  We live by the what the Bible says
2.  Jesus is the Lord of our lives
3.  We always work to reach the unsaved with the news of Jesus' love
4.  We teach and train believers in Jesus
5.  We live in unity with each other
6.  We glorify God in all we do and say

 

Statement of Faith

 We believe that:

  • God is one being in three persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the source of all creation (Gen. 1:1; John 1:1-2), which He sustains (Col. 1:17) and is in the process of redeeming us (Rom. 8:19-22). God the Father loves us and desires that we have fellowship with Him as His children (I John 1:3)
  •  Jesus is the Son of God. He is the Word become flesh (John 1:14), and He now holds all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18). He is Savior and Lord. He made human salvation possible through His life, death on the cross, and resurrection. He ascended into heaven where He is now our high priest and advocate. He is head of the Church.
  •  The Holy Spirit works actively in the world, seeking to glorify Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come (John 16:5-11). The Holy Spirit indwells believers individually and corporately in the Church. The Holy Spirit develops within the Christian a pure heart which results in Christ-like character expressed in private and public conduct and action.
  •  The Bible, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, is the uniquely inspired Word of God (2 Tim. 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21). The Bible is the rule of faith and practice for Christians. We affirm that Scripture is the infallible revelation from God by which we know God's will and Christ's authority. We seek to teach what the Scriptures clearly teach and allow freedom in other cases. We seek to understand divine intent and apply its teaching to the contemporary church and culture.
  •  Human beings were created by God to walk in fellowship with Him. However, all (except Jesus) have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23) and must rely on God's grace and forgiveness. Every human from the moment of life is in the image of God, a person to be nurtured, protected, and developed.
  •  Salvation is by God alone through Jesus Christ alone. One accepts Christ as Savior through a conversion process that includes faith, repentance, confession, and baptism (Acts 2:38, 8:12, 10:47-48, Rom. 10:9, etc.).
  •  In baptism a believer is immersed, crucified and buried with Christ (Rom. 6:3-4), receives forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), is resurrected (Col. 2:12) and clothed with Christ (Gal. 3:27), and becomes saved (1 Peter 3:21) because of God's free gift of grace received by faith.
  •  The Church is the body of Christ on earth, the community of believers throughout the world. Upon surrender to Christ, a person is added to the Church. In addition, the priesthood of all believers means each Christian is called to serve one another (1 Peter 2:9-10). The Church's mission is the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).
  •  Communion is the celebration of the New Covenant, in which the Christian community remembers Christ and celebrates the  relationship they have with Him and with each other. We typically celebrate the Lord's Supper at least weekly (1 Cor. 11:17-34; Acts 20:7).
  •  Jesus will come again.  At that time there will be the bodily resurrection of the dead believers to eternal life with God and unbelievers to eternal judgment. Sin will be no more and believers will live in fellowship with God forever (I Thess. 4:13-18 and Rev. 20:11-15).