First Missionary Church of Fort Wayne is an historic evangelical church adhering to historical biblical authority, governs herself through elder-led leadership with pastoral guidance and congregational membership, and is affiliated with The Missionary Church. As a local church, First Missionary Church emphasizes proclamation of the Gospel and meeting spiritual and practical needs of our neighbors and local community.
OUR PURPOSE:We exist for God’s glory and for His pleasure. We exist to…
• Maintain the public worship of Almighty God,
• Instruct believers in the faith through teaching the Bible as the authoritative Word of God,
• Make disciples by leading people to faith in Jesus Christ in keeping
with the Great Commission,
• Provide opportunities for Christian service, fellowship and growth.
OUR MISSION: Our mission is to…
• Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ locally and globally,
• Make disciples who follow Christ in baptism and obedience in all things,
• Gather for corporate worship, fellowship, instruction and care for one another,
• Meet spiritual and practical needs of our neighbors and local community.
Our vision is to genuinely love our community and nurture new life in Christ.
Articles of Faith
The Triune God– We believe in one God, eternally existing in three divine persons, equal in power and glory – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the creator and sustainer of all things. His divine qualities – including love, holiness, justice, righteousness, faithfulness, infinite knowledge and power, self-existence, and omnipresence – all harmonize perfectly in the unity of his being. (Gen.1:1; Ex. 3:14, 34:6; Deut. 6:4)
The Father– We believe in God the Father, begotten of none, the eternal Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. Since God is the creator, all things and all people are from him and exist for him. As the author of salvation, he adopts into his family all who are born again by faith. He gloriously upholds and providentially rules over all things, to accomplish the redemption of his people and the restoration of all creation. (Gen. 1:1; Ps. 90:2; John 13:3)
The Son- We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternally begotten Son of the Father. He is the fully divine, living Word of God who also became fully human – conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. His sinless human life, humble obedience to his Father’s will, sacrificial death and bodily resurrection made sufficient provision for the salvation of all people. In his ascension, he returned to his Father, where he reigns as Lord, Advocate, Great High Priest, and Coming Judge. (4 Isa. 53:6; Matt. 28:18-20; Luke 1:35)
The Holy Spirit– We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the triune God, proceeding from and sent by the Father and the Son. He is the personal expression of God’s power – instrumental in all his works. He is the author and illuminator of sacred Scripture. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the agent of the new birth, the one by whom we are baptized into the Body of Christ. As the spirit of holiness, he indwells every believer and his Church, purifying and empowering his people for holy living. He guides them into truth, comforts and encourages
them, and enables them to fulfill the Great Commission. He produces his fruit in the lives of believers and gives them spiritual gifts for the good of the Church. ( Matt. 28:19; John 3:5-6)
The Bible– We believe that the Bible, consisting of the sixty six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the written Word of God, verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit and, therefore, true, reliable, and without error in all it addresses. We believe the Bible has been safeguarded by the Holy Spirit and transmitted to the present day without any doctrinal corruption. The Bible forever remains the unchanging and final authority for faith and living. ( Ps. 119:9, 89, 105; Matt.24:35)
Humanity– We believe that God created human beings – male and female – as co-equal bearers of the image of God. We believe in the historicity of the first man, Adam, who along with his wife, Eve, was uniquely created by a direct act of God as recorded in Genesis and not by a process of evolution. Made in his image, they are his crowning achievement. Adam and Eve were created without sin for perfect fellowship with God and were commanded to be fruitful and exercise benevolent dominion over the earth. Through the misuse of their wills, however, our original parents succumbed to Satan’s temptation, disobeyed God’s command and thus brought sin into the world and became subject to physical and spiritual death. As a result, all human beings – while still bearing God’s image – are polluted in every aspect of their being. They are estranged from God by their sin and thus deserve God’s wrath. We believe that God desires all human beings to be restored to a right relationship with him. (Gen. 1:27, 3:13, 16-17; Ex. 20:11)
Salvation and the Spirit-Filled Life- We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for our salvation. He voluntarily offered himself as our representative and substitute, and suffered and died on the cross in our place – taking upon himself God’s righteous wrath. We believe in his bodily resurrection on the third day, which powerfully declared him to be the Son of God. By his death and resurrection, Jesus once for all conquered sin, death, hell, and the devil. We believe that Christ is the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. Salvation is a divine gift given to any who
repent and believe. Repentance and faith are the divinely-enabled human responses to the grace of God. ( Ps. 51:3-4; Prov. 28:13; Isa. 6:1-5)
The Church– We believe that the invisible and universal Church is a spiritual body comprised of all believers, both living and dead— over which Christ himself is Head and Lord. We believe that the local church is to be a loving community of Christ’s followers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction in the Word, mutual encouragement and discipline. As the temple of the Holy Spirit, the Church is to display his holiness, bear his fruit, and be adorned by his gracious gifts. As a people called out of darkness, the Church will embody the pervasive, life-transforming power of God by equipping the saints for the work of ministry – bearing witness to the truth and exerting influence in every realm of the broader culture. The Church is called by Jesus to proclaim the gospel – locally, cross-culturally, and internationally – and to make disciples of everyone everywhere in the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper
were instituted by the Lord Jesus himself – not as a means of salvation, but as outward signs of the salvation we have by faith. (Matt. 18:15-17, 16:13-18, 26:26-30)
The Last Things– We believe that the final years of human history will be characterized by worldwide persecution and divine judgment. We believe that the return of Jesus will be personal, bodily, visible, and glorious. At the resurrection, we believe that every person will face one of two eternal destinies. We believe that no condemnation awaits those who are in Christ, because their sins were forgiven at the cross. They will have their lives and works judged only for reward, and will enjoy an eternal, embodied life in the presence of God and his angels, forever. Those who are not in Christ will be raised to appear before God for a final, irrevocable judgment. They will be consigned to a place of eternal, conscious punishment, separated from God in hell, with Satan and his angels. ( Ps.2:7-9, 96.13, 98:9; Eccl.12:14)