Vision: "A compassionate community of reproducing Christ followers”
Mission: “We exist to make disciples who make disciples"
Loren has been married to his wife, Jessica for 8 years. Together they have two sons named Luke (4) and Lincoln (1). Loren graduated from Lincoln Christian College with a B.A. in bible, and from the University of Illinois Springfield a B.A. in Mass communications. Recently Loren Graduated with a masters in Organizational Leadership. Loren served as the preaching minister at First Christian Church of Chester for fours years before moving to Flora. I have been serving as youth minister at FCC for the past six years.
I am a huge sports fan; Bulls, Bears, Cubs. I love basketball the most. I am the boys JV coach at Flora High School. Previously I was the girls JV coach for four years. My favorite holiday of the year is march madness. Love playing ball with his boys. Outside of sports I consider myself a huge nerd! Apple products all the way, and enjoy helping with the tech, and production side of life.
Weird Fact: I can solve a Rubiks cube, i love pickles in my chili, and apple sauce on my pizza! (Don't hate till you try it)
Stephanie has been married to Steve for 15 years. Together they have 3 children, Cheyenne, Wyatt, and Jorja. She graduated from McKendree College with a B.A. in Sociology.
She loves spending time with her family, especially outside, likely hiking and fishing. She also has found a love of decorating cakes, which combines her joy of baking and using her creativeness. In her spare time she likes to read and she has a love of history.
Weird Fact: Stephanie loves the smell of old books and could spend hours in a library.
Statement Of Purpose
First Christian Church exists to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7), fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19,20), and equip people for service (Ephesians 4:11-16). Organizationally, First Christian Church strives to help individual believers to fulfill this purpose through worship (Psalm 100:4), fellowship (Hebrews 10;24, 25), biblical training and instruction (II Timothy 2:15).
Membership And Its Relation To Ministry
“. . . Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts according to the grace given us.” (Romans 12:4-6)
We recognize that the body of Christ is composed of interdependent members, each uniquely gifted by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of building up the body. Therefore, each believer should seek to identify, develop, and utilize his spiritual gifts and abilities and to seek a place of service within the body, taking seriously a need to reflect the New Testament principles of accountability and commitment.
Purpose Of Membership
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV)
The New Testament presents a picture of definable groups of people who, once committed to the Lord, Identified themselves with and committed themselves to a particular local body. In order to implement the principles of accountability and commitment in the local body of Christ, as defined in the New Testament and practiced in the early churches, First Christian Church recognizes the need for formal membership.
- God is the almighty Father and THE ONE TRUE Creator, God of the Universe (Gen 1:1-2, Matt 5:16,45; 6:1,4,8-9; James 1:17; John 1:1; 4:24; 14:9, 16-20; 2Peter 1:21; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3)
- We Believe that Jesus is God's Son, He is God who came to earth to die on a cross for our sins, was resurrected on the third day overcoming sin and death for our benefit and now waits at the right hand of God the Father until God has him come and claim us as his bride for all eternity. (John 1:14; John 3:16, John 14:1-3; John 20:24-29; 1 John 4:9; 1Peter 4:5, 2 Peter 3:18; Luke 22:6-9, 23:44-24:8, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, Acts 1:1-1, 10:39-42; Colossians 3:1, Matthew 24:36-42)
- We believe in the Holy Spirit as part of the triune God that dwells within each Christians as promised counselor and helper from God. (John 16:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:14)
- We believe in the Bible - God's Holy Word, Scripture. We believe God inspired the scripture and that they are consequently without error. (Mark 12:36; John 14:26; 16:12-15; Acts 1:16; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3;14-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
- We accept the Bible as the final authority for all matters of faith and practice (Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12)
- We believe the Bible teaches that man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is consequently lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23)
- We believe the Bible teaches that salvation—the forgiveness of sins—is only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7)
- We believe the Bible teaches that one receives God’s grace by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, confessing Christ and being immersed into Christ (Romans 5:1-2 / Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19; 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9 / Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:11; 1 John 4:15 / Acts 2:38, Romans 6:1-7; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21)
- We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ, founded on the Day of Pentecost and consisting of all Christians everywhere (Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47)
- We believe the Bible teaches that the Elders are to exercise authority over the local congregation (Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
What are your service times? 9:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
What are you service styles? The 9:30 service is our traditional service. (Hymns and more orthodox preaching style) Our 10:45 service is more modern style. (New songs, graphics, stage displays, with a sermon in a more contemporary style.)
Where are you located? 100 W. 4th St, Flora IL 62839 (Corner of Main and 4th)
What should i wear? While there's no formal dress code at FCC, you'll typically find guys wearing everything from khakis and polo shirts, to suits and ties. Ladies generally wear slacks, skirts or dresses. Most importantly we look forward to seeing you, not what you're wearing.
When do you hold communion? Every sunday, both services.
What denomination are you? Many people have asked to what denomination we belong. The fact is, we belong to none. Early in the nineteenth century there was unrest among the churches in America. Many denominations took the unpopular belief that the followers of Christ should lay aside the traditions of man and go back to the Church described in the New Testament. Walter Scott, James O'Kelly, Barton W. Stone, Thomas and Alexander Campbell were among the brave pioneers who advocated a discarding of all denominational names, sectarian creeds, and religious divisions. Almost simultaneously, yet without knowledge of one another, these men appealed to all sincere believers to be "Christians and Christians only." They aimed not to start another denomination, but to call people back to the Church of the New Testament. As followers of these ideals became aware of one another and began to fellowship with together, the affiliation became known as the Restoration Movement. These Christians were attempting to restore Christianity to its original, New Testament form. This today is still the plea of First Christian Church.
Becoming A Christian
The first question asked many times is, "Why do I need to become a Christian?"
When sin entered our world it caused a separation between man and God. Choosing to do the things that are against God's guidelines is called SIN, and it is sin that separates us from Him.
There is only one way to bridge that sin gap. It is with Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the Cross, and it is because of that sacrifice that we can reunite with God.
Being a "Christian" means that you belong to Jesus Christ and follow His ways.
So how do I become a Christian?
First of all the Bible holds the answer to your question. We encourage you to read the book of Acts, which tells how others have made their choice.
Additionally, we want to share with you some other scripture that will instruct you as you consider your decision. Most Christians call this "God's Plan of Salvation."
God's Plan of Salvation
Step 1: You must hear the good news about Jesus. (Rom. 10:14-17)
Step 2: You must believe He is who the Bible says He is. (Mark 16:16; Heb. 11:6)
Step 3: You must repent of your sins. (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38 & 17:30)
Step 4: You must publicly confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Rom. 10:9-10)
Step 5: You must be immersed into Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:38; Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3-4)
Step 6: You must continue to live a life worthy of Jesus Christ. (Col. 1:21-23; Phil. 2:12)