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serve at first
Have you ever had the feeling that you were meant for something more? That’s because you were! God doesn’t want you to just sit in church. God has called you to serve, just as Christ has served you. At FIRST, our church membership strategy is 1 + 1 + 1. We believe that when you are attending 1 hour of worship, plugged into 1 hour of life group, and spending 1 hour of volunteering each week, you will begin to experience and see God more than ever before.
When you allow God to fill you up through His Word and then let him overflow from you in service, your relationship with Him begins to look and feel different. We don’t want you to just attend church, we want you to get plugged into God’s major plan for you!
serve the community
The IMPACT Ministry Family Resource Center is an assistance ministry based at FIRST, which includes a Food Pantry and Caring Listeners. We partner with other area churches, businesses, social service organizations, government agencies, and individuals to serve community families.
Our mission is to help meet the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of low-income families and individuals in crisis throughout our communities. A variety of serving opportunities are available.
serve the world
Our church desires to be actively engaged in the global activity of God. But with needs everywhere we turn – and a world that is more connected than it has ever been before – where do you start?
In Luke 10 we find a great interaction between Jesus and a man who is really trying to live life as God intends. Take a look at how their conversation unfolds:
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Who is my neighbor? Our answer to this question has radical implications for how we live and connect to what Christ is trying to do in and through us.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations..."
At FIRST, we are really trying to redefine and love our neighbors well. We don’t simply talk about who we share a fence with anymore. We are drawing our circle wider and trying to love our neighbors near and far. Some days that means serving people in our community by meeting basic needs, helping with home repair, and partnering with other local church partners to connect in their neighborhood. Other days, that looks like meeting needs and providing job training to the displaced and refugees in London or assisting marginalized communities in Nicaragua with housing and shelter.
What we are trying to do is intentionally place ourselves in neighborhoods and communities and then work to bring about change that resonates with Jesus Christ.
Our God is a God who sends and actively engages people. At FIRST, we are doing our best to be a community that reflects that same spirit. We are trying to live as a people sent into our community and around the world to share the love of Jesus Christ.