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quillThe Bible and Salvation
We follow the pattern established by the apostles in the early church as revealed by the New Testament.  We try to always, “to do Bible things in Bible ways, and call Bible things by Bible names.”  We do not follow any creed written by men; our sole guidebook is God’s Word, as revealed in the Bible.  We believe that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and that only through God’s grace can anyone be saved.  Furthermore, the Bible teaches that we must repent of our sins, confess that “Jesus is Lord” with our lips and with our lives, we must be baptized.  We practice baptism by immersion for the forgiveness of sins and receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
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user The Holy Spirit and the Believer
Acts 2:38 teaches us that at their baptism, believers received “the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  We understand this to mean that God’s Spirit comes to live in our hearts as our divine Helper.  He helps us overcome sins in our lives and gives us strength to live for Him.  He helps us in our prayers and equips us for service to meet the needs of the church.
eye The Communion Service
We observe the Lord’s Supper every Sunday; we believe that this was the early church’s practice as well.  The Communion is a memorial service honoring Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, and it was Jesus’ commandment that all His followers should share it.  Therefore, we believe that no one has the right to open or close this service to anyone.  We ask only that people follow the words of the Apostle Paul and “examine themselves before they eat and drink.”



The mission of First Christian Church is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples,  to connect believers, and to do all that is sovereignly possible and biblically permissible to magnify the name of Jesus.


Senior Minister
Church Secretary
Elder, Treasurer
Elder, Sunday School Super
Elder, Youth Activity Coordinator


How Do I Meet People?

Our church is not a place for spectators. It is a place for team members. Whether you are a five-year old child, a ninety-five year old grandmother, a busy mom, or a businessman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here is how you can connect, grow, and serve at this church.
Small Group (2016)
Often, small groups of people are better able to interact and learn about a topic than larger groups are. For that reason, our church has small Bible studies held in member homes. The size of the group is anywhere from six to twelve people. At a time designated by your group leader you can participate in the small group study.
Student Ministry (6th-12th grade)
Each Sunday morning, night and Wednesday, Jr. High and High School students get to participate in their own classes. Bible lessons are taught in such a way that every student fully engaged in God’s Word.  We have activities throughout the year, camps, student conferences and mission trips just for students.
Young Adults
Life can get complicated once you cross that nebulous threshold into adulthood. There are complicated decisions. Bigger stakes. Serious relationships. And a whole lot more decisions. The young adult group of our church provides a welcoming atmosphere for college and early-career aged young people.
Children’s Ministry (birth-5th grade)
Each Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday, children get to participate in their own classes. Bible lessons are taught in such a way that every child gets to participate and learn. Each of the class teachers is carefully screened and thoroughly trained in children’s instruction. The children’s ministry of our church is recognized for their meaningful interaction with kids.
Men’s Ministry
We have a very active ministry to men.  We meet each month for breakfast and a time of studying God’s Word together.  We also have Bible studies for just men and opportunities to study in mixed groups as well.  
Married Couples (2016)
Even though marriage is one of the most important institutions, it is the one which is under the most attack–internally and externally. The church gives married couples the opportunity to join four month marriage classes including topics such as Marriage and Money, Getting Ready for
Kids, Shepherding Children, and Marriage and Sex.
Women’s Group
Our women’s group is called is called the Ladies’ Circle and they meet each month.  This offers the women of our church special times of interaction. They meet in our community and at our building in Orangefield.  The meetings are times of Bible study, prayer (and, of course, food). These groups provide a refreshing discipleship opportunity for the women in the church.


Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of this church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. Church members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as washing the church vehicles, to preparing the church bulletins.


Mission Outreach

First Christian Church Orangefield is thrilled to be part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. We are active in sending missionaries and supporting these missionaries with our money and with our prayers. We currently support nine missions:  New Iberia Mission (Guatamala), Colegio Biblico (Acuna, Mexico), International Disaster Emergency Services, Dallas Christian College, Cookson Hills, Sunbelt Youth Ranch, Red Sands School (Winslow, AZ, mission to Navajo), Tanglewood Christian Camp and the Bridge City-Orangefield Ministerial Alliance.  We are very active in each of these missions.  We encourage all of our people to respond to God’s call for laborers, whether it means that they move to a foreign country or live and minister in our own community.

 Music & Drama

God-honoring worship is something we strive for. Many church members get involved in our music and drama ministry. Some play their instruments. Some are vocalists. Others are involved in worship teams. Still others get involved in drama. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of our church, using their talents and gifts to glorify God.

Media & Technology

Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of this church. In an age of widespread technology, we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. All of our weekly sermons are uploaded to our website in video and audio formats. We also maintain an active Facebook and Twitter feed for additional church communication.


Nursing Home Ministry

Each Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. we have a group of ladies who go and minister at some of the local nursing homes.  There is currently a group that does nails and cleans glasses.  We are always looking for ways to reach out into this vital area and are always open to new ways to minister to this vital part of our local community.  If you would like to join this group or you have ideas on how we can expand this ministry please call the church office.


Prayer Warriors

Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. Our Church is a body of believers dependent upon prayer, and committed to God’s sovereignty. Each Sunday, before the morning service, a team of volunteers gets together and prays for the ministry of the Word. Throughout the week, volunteers from our Prayer Warriors team pray for their pastor, a list of church members, any special requests, and missionary prayer needs. Each Wednesday, the church comes together for a special time of prayer and Bible study.

Glory Defined – Day 5

After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.” – Revelation 19:1

Have you ever been on a long a journey with a great destination at the end? You know, one of those long journeys that are more than just a few hours in the car. Maybe you’ve flown across an ocean to a foreign country? Or maybe you’ve driven more than twelve hours to go on vacation or a mission trip? While long journeys can be boring and challenging, knowing the incredible destination at the end of your journey makes all the difference.


Glory Defined – Day 4

Think about this quote as you go through your day.

The created universe is all about glory. The deepest longing of the human heart and the deepest meaning of heaven and earth are summed up in this: the glory of God. The universe was made to show it, and we were made to see it and savor it. Nothing less will do. Which is why the world is as disordered and dysfunctional as it is. We have exchanged the glory of God for other things.” – John Piper


Glory Defined – Day 3

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed . . . Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.” – Psalms 57:1 & 5

David wrote the Psalms in different stages of his life. These poetic songs were utilized in worship many centuries ago. And yet they connect deeply with us today.

As you read this psalm, you’ll see the struggle and pain David is walking through. In the first verse he simply comes to God telling of an impending disaster in his life. But what David does next is an example to us when we face struggles of our own.

“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.”


Glory Defined – Day 2

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10

Have you been to a famous art gallery? Behind every work of art is a creator with a plan for what the masterpiece should look like. Most works of art take months or even years to create as the artist pays attention to every small detail. At the end of the creation, the artist will carefully add his or her mark or signature to authenticate the work.


Glory Defined – Day 1

We began a new series for our High School students this past Wednesday night, “Elements – God’s Glory.”  We started our series by defining glory.  Each day for the next week we are going to post a daily devotion to help with that study and get us ready for the next one.  Here is Day 1.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” – Psalm 19:1-4



The Church building has been decorated, Angel Tree is up, Christmas parades are being organized, Christmas program practice has begun and parties are planned, so it must be Christmas.  Yes there is truly excitement in the air!  But let’s not get so caught up in all of the activity that we forget what this season is all about.  It is about Jesus and the fact that a baby was born in a manger so many years ago who is the Savior of the world. 


Star Trip: Our Faith Awakens

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. . .

 Well, not a galaxy far, far away. A long time ago, in a land sort of far away. It is a period of unrest for the people of God. The Empire of King Herod – backed by the Roman oppressors– is a dark force in the land of Judah. Who can bring light into this dark situation?  Who can bring light into the even deeper darkness of our own sin?


Evel Knievel Would Do It!

How many of you remember Evel Knievel?  If you have no idea who I am talking about or it’s a distant memory, let me give you a brief description.  He was a daredevil and international icon.  He attempted more than seventy-five ramp to ramp jumps with a motorcycle from 1965-1980.  He even tried a canyon jump at Snake River Canyon in the Skyrocket X-2, which was a steam powered rocket which failed.  He was willing to try almost anything.  I am sure my parents thought he was crazy, but we idolized him.


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