To proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and make disciples of all kinds of people, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. (Mark: 16:15)
Perhaps the statement which best summarizes this mission of Christ and His church, was given as Jesus read from Isaiah’s prophesy in Nazareth’s synagogue on the Sabbath day. He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me. Because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor, He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives…” (Luke 4:18-19)
If God’s Mission stops at the church then the church is not fulfilling its role. How does a church cease to carry out God’s Mission? When it stops viewing itself as a Missionary Church but rather a church with a missions program.
At First Church our efforts are deliberate as we exalt the Savior, equip the Saints, and evangelize the Sinner. It is through teaching, training, and equipping that men and women will come to know and love Christ and be suited for His service.
First Church continues its spiritual growth and shares the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ freely
First Church serves as a “church without walls” ministering to all people
First Church remembers its rich heritage and lives in an atmosphere of harmony, love, kindness, acceptance, and truth.
What We Believe
The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church professes the historical faith in God, who by Himself outpouring, was manifest incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation. By God’s grace and the power of His Holy Spirit all believers become the new humanity. The incarnation, having reached its completion in Jesus Christ, is continuing in the Church and is overcoming the calamity of the human predicament. We strive in the hope that the Church will grow from sinful existence through purification to oneness with God.
Our heritage in Doctrine and our present theological task demand that we renew our faith and understanding of the love of God, our Father, and the Lordship of His Son, Jesus. We believe that all who have faith in Him will be empowered and invigorated by the Holy Spirit to risk all for the reconciling work and fulfillment of the Kingdom of God.