about

Purpose, Vision, and Mission
Our purposes are to proclaim Jesus and to build fellowship. Our vision is to be a diverse community proclaiming Jesus while building fellowship with God and one another in Peoria and beyond. Our mission is to follow Christ and walk with Him as a caring, healing community seeking to mature in faith by:
     1. Glorifying God in song, music, word, and action (worship).
     2. Being reconciled with God and one another through grace, truth, mercy, justice, and love (ministry).
     3. Applying Scripture to life as we read, study, and teach its contents (discipleship).
     4. Celebrating the death and resurrection of Christ together, waiting for his return, encouraging one another in the joys and sorrows of this life (fellowship).
     5. Proclaiming this gospel to our world in Peoria and beyond (evangelism).
         We aim to fulfill this mission by encouraging individual intimacy with Christ; nurturing strong families; developing relevant meetings or ministries; connecting and partnering with others pursuing similar goals.
 

statement of faith

Statement of Faith
Along with the Christian believers through the centuries, we affirm the Apostles’ Creed as a summation of our beliefs. This creed is found at the conclusion of our statement. What follows further identifies and anchors our convictions.
 
God
There is one God, eternally expressed as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.
Matthew 28:19; John 5:20; 15:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Genesis 1:1, 26,27
 
The Bible
The Bible is God’s Word for all people. Under God’s direction, human authors wrote the Old and New Testament Scriptures. The Bible is “God-breathed” and without error in its message and purpose. This Book is our final standard for truth regarding Christian beliefs and living.
2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12,13; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 19:7-9; Psalm 119:105, 160
 
People
We believe that men and women were created in the image of God, to be like Him in character. But with Adam’s sin, all humanity inherited a sinful nature. This disobedience toward God (sin) resulted in separation from God, depravity, and death. Therefore, all humans are sinful, lost, and incapable of finding their own remedy for this condition.
Romans 3:10-18,23; 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Ephesians 2:1-3; Genesis 1:26; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a
Eternity
Humans were created to exist forever. We will each either exist eternally separated from God by sin (hell) or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation (heaven).
John 3:16; 1 John 5:11-13; Luke 16: 19-26; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15
 
Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He became man without ceasing to be God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin. Jesus lived a sinless human life, and he died on a cross as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people. He arose from the dead in a bodily resurrection to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father. He intercedes on behalf of those who trust him, and He will return to earth in power and glory. He will receive His own to Himself and judge the ungodly.
John 1:1-5,14; 5:22; 14:3,10,11; Matthew 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24; Romans 1:3-4, 3:24-26, 8:34; Luke 24:39, 51; Hebrews 1:3; 4:14,15; 7:25,26; Acts 1:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:8,9; Isaiah 9:6; Titus 2:13
 
Salvation
Salvation from the penalty of sin is the gift of God for humanity. This is a free gift offered to all who will receive Jesus Christ into their lives by faith. People are unable to achieve their salvation through their own efforts. There is salvation in no other person than Jesus Christ, and no other person can save humanity.
John 1:12; 3:16; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:4-7; Galatians 3:26
 
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. The Spirit convicts people of sin and their need for God. And the Spirit comes to dwell in, with, and upon every Christian from the moment of salvation and gives guidance, reveals truth, and provides power to live a godly life.
Ephesians 1:13; 3:16-19; 4:30; 5:18; Romans 8:14; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 6:19-20; 12:7-11, 13; 2 Corinthians 3:6, 17, 18; John 3:5-8; 14:16-17, 23; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8
 
The Church
Scripture refers to the Church as the Body of Christ, the spiritual organism composed of every person who has trusted Jesus for salvation and has received the Holy Spirit. The visible expression of the Church is the body of believers organized locally for worship, prayer, teaching, fellowship, service, and evangelism. Spiritual gifts are given by God to build up the Church. The elders of PCFC are open to or consider all the spiritual gifts described in Scripture as being available for use by the Spirit to edify the Body in this present age.
Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Acts 2:42-47; 13:1-2; Hebrews 10:24, 25; Galatians 3:26-29
Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
The Lord Jesus instituted two ordinances (sacraments or sacred, prescribed customs): water baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist or communion). All believers are instructed to participate in these reminders and means of God’s grace until the return of Christ.
Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
 
Leadership
God has planned for servant leaders, elders, to shepherd the Church. They are to faithfully study the Bible and pray; give oversight and direction to the local believers; equip others for ministry in the local congregation and throughout the world. These leaders are to undergird the flock realizing that only Christ is Lord of the Church.
Ephesians 4:11-13; John 13:1-17; 1 Peter 5:1-4; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9
 
Reconciliation
God has called us to be reconciled not only to Himself, but one with another. We are to represent Christ expressing grace, truth, mercy, justice, and peace. We will seek to live this out individually, corporately, and throughout the world with all people.
2 Corinthians 5:16-21; John 1:14; 1 John 3:16, 17; James 2:17; Matthew 5:3-12, 24, 43-48; 18:15-17;Micah 6:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12; Galatians 5:14; Romans 13:1-7; Acts 5:29-32