What We Believe
Who is God?
God is the creator of the universe. He has existed forever and is the sustainer and Lord of our lives. The Godhead exists eternally in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - and these three are one God. God, by his sovereign choice and out of love for mankind, sent Christ into the world to save sinners.
Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the one and only living Son of God. He is God in human flesh. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and He rose from the dead. God opened the way to abundant and eternal life through His death, burial, and resurrection. He was made a perfect atonement for sin. Mankind is saved, justified, and sanctified through His shed blood.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is a person, is God, and possesses all of the divine attributes. He is given to believers at the time of their salvation. He is present in this world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He provides the Christian with guidance and power for living. He gives spiritual gifts to believers.
What is the Bible
The Bible is the inspired written Word of God. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the authoritative rule of faith and practice for Christians and the Church.
How to Become a Christian
You must acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in God's sight (Romans 3:23), unable to correct your condition by yourself (Proverbs 14:12; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Corinthians 2:14), and in need of a Savior (Romans 3:24; 6:23).
You must believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to be the Savior you just admitted to needing (1 Peter 3:18; Colossians 1:19-20; Ephesians 2:4-7).
You must personally receive Jesus Christ into your life by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), believing that He takes away sin (1 Peter 2:24).
Saving faith demands that you promptly turn away from sin. The Bible calls this act repentance (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30-31). Repentance is followed by public acknowledgment of your faith in Jesus Christ. The Bible calls this act confession (Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:9). Confession is followed by the act of baptism, which is immersion in water (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-7; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Acts 8:35-38).
This is a personal decision between you and God - but we would like the joy of assisting you in this eternally important matter. If you have not received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and have questions or would like assistance, please call the church office (480-838-2424) for an appointment with one of our pastors or elders.
What to Expect
Thanks for visiting the First Christian Church of Tempe (FCCT) website! Here is an idea of what you can expect when you visit our church.
Prior to the pandemic our small church typically experienced about 100 in attendance on any given Sunday. For those who have remained home during these difficult times we have made available recordings online of our services on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Folks who have returned to our in-person services tend to dress casually, however some wear more formal attire such as a dress, or shirt and tie. FCCT is full of friendly people in a relaxed environment.
Our main in-person services have returned to Sunday mornings. 9:30-10:15am we offer separate Sunday school classes for Adults as well as Children/Youth. Our contemporary worship service begins at 10:30am and is for all ages. We also have a separate class available for the Children/Youth.
During our Sunday worship service you can expect the following:
Contemporary Worship: The worship band typically consists of guitars, bass, keyboard and drums and leads in the singing of modern worship songs and some traditional hymns in a contemporary style.
Communion: Pre-made and sealed communion is available to pick up in the foyer prior to service. During service we will have a communion message and a time of reflection when we can take communion.
Preaching from the Bible: Relevant messages to apply to daily living, grounded in the Word of God.
Offering: There is a locked box at the main entrance to the sanctuary for checks or cash. Online giving is also available.
Our service typically ends around 11:45am but folks like to stick around and visit. FCCT is a great place to meet friendly people and we invite you to join us. We hope you stop by!