Our Beliefs

We invite you to explore our beliefs and join us in our pursuit of living out our faith in boldness and passion for the Lord Jesus our savior.

  • God the Father

    We believe that God is the Creator and Ruler of all things. He is perfect in love, justice and holiness and is worthy to receive all glory, honor and praise.

    References: Genesis 1; Acts 4:24; Revelation 4:11; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:1-2

  • Jesus Christ

    God the Son is Jesus Christ. He was born of the virgin Mary. He perfectly revealed and lived out the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature yet was without sin. He died on a cross for our sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead. He then ascended into Heaven to the right hand of God the Father where He mediates reconciliation between God and mankind. He will physically return in power and glory to judge the world. For the Non-Christian, it will be a judgment of sin. For the Christian it will determine their reward.

    References: John 1:1, 14, 8:58, 14:9; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:5-7; John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 2 Peter 3:3-4, 10, 13

  • The Holy Spirit

    God the Holy Spirit is fully divine. He inspired the writers of the Scriptures/Bible. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He enables Christians to understand truth. He is the presence of God who lives inside every follower of Jesus from the moment of salvation. He bestows spiritual gifts on believers through which they serve His church.

    References: Acts 2:38; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Galatians 5:22-23

  • The Bible

    The Bible is the inspired and perfect word of God. It contains no error or mistake (2 Timothy 3:16-17) We believe it is given to us directly from the mind of God, and it is a real and relevant guide for how we, as followers of Christ, are to live our lives (Psalm 119:105)

  • Our Need for God

    All of us are tremendously valuable and loved by God (John 3:16). But, we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory and high standards for our lives (Romans 3:23)

  • God’s Forgiveness to Us

    Forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to those who trust Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord (John 3:16; Titus 3:3-8). Those accepting Christ should repent of sin, confess their faith in Christ, and be immersed into Christ (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-7; Romans 10:9; Galatians 3:26-29).

  • God’s Church

    The Church is the Body of Christ on earth. It is a living, growing vibrant family of believers who live in spiritual community in service to the Lord. It is empowered by the Holy Spirit and exists to lead non-believers to Christ and build up the saved (Ephesians 4:1-6).

Our History

In the 1830’s a man by the name of Joseph Wolfe, who served Sullivan County as Auditor and Clerk, and was also a member of the Sullivan County Bar, was best known as a Christian preacher. He, together with A.P. Law, began conducting preaching services in about 1835. From those preaching services a church, First Christian Church, was established and this group of Christians erected a small frame building in 1840. The location of that small church building was on the corner of Section and Wall Streets in Sullivan. Under Wolfe’s leadership and direction, churches were also established at Shaker Prairie, Paxton, Carlisle, Bruceville, and Oaktown in Indiana, and Hutsonville, Lawrenceville and Palestine in Illinois.

By 1868 the church had outgrown the original frame building and began construction on a new building in the 100 block of North Broad Street. Since then, that church building has been added on to several times, yet has stayed in that same Broad Street location. In 1910 there was an additional sanctuary built on the south side of the 1868 building and was completed in 1911 and was dedicated on July 24 of that year. This sanctuary served as the primary place for the church to gather to worship for the next 53 years.

In 1964 the church began a new building program and would begin construction on a new sanctuary on the north side of the existing building. This new sanctuary, dedicated January 31, 1965, would be larger and could better meet the needs of the church and is still where we worship today. This construction program, like that of 1910, would renovate the older 2 buildings to be used by the Sunday School department.

In 1988, the church began a “Because He Gave” capital campaign to begin raising funds for a major building renovation. This renovation would include demolition of the original 1868 building, the 1911 building, as well as filling in the basement. The new addition would be just one story and include a large fellowship hall, kitchen, bathrooms, nursery, office space, choir room and classrooms. There was also additional parking that was created on the west side of Broad Street directly across from the church building. The project began in 1989 and was completed in 1990.

To better serve our teenage youth, the church made the decision to construct a building that would primarily be for teen ministry. In 1999 construction began on The Gathering Place. It was completed and dedicated July 2, 2000. TGP is a multi-level building consisting of several areas for teens to gather for classes as well as socialization, an area for larger groups to gather for teaching, as well as a small gymnasium.

We realize that First Christian Church is not really about buildings. It’s about Jesus, the gathering together as a body of believers to worship Him and the world’s need for His message of salvation that the church has been commissioned to teach. And, for nearly 190 years, FCC has opened its doors to the community to introduce people to Jesus and to come to know Him.