First Congregational Church of Chester, NJ

Proclaiming Christ Since 1740

What We Believe: 

Our beliefs as a commmunity of faith are built upon tenets of historic Christian faith. These affirmations help define who we are and why we do what we do. They summarize our worldview and devotion to God. They are intended to be Christ-focused and gospel-centered. 

 Core Beliefs*: 

  • God: We believe in the one and only God, the architect of the universe, creator of life, author of the Scriptures and giver of eternal life.

  • Bible: We believe the Bible to be the unchanging, mistake-free Word of God.

  • Trinity: We believe in one God, who is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

  • Grace: We believe grace is God’s unearned favor and without it we would be forever separated from God.

  • Salvation: We believe that the only way to eternal life with God is through faith in Jesus Christ. 

  • Eternal Life: We believe all people will have eternal life; those who place their faith in Jesus will have eternal life in heaven with God, and those who do not will experience eternal separation from God in Hell.

  • Christian Mission: We believe the mission of the Church - to make Christ known - should be lived out in every day life as we seek to love God, love others, and make disciples of Christ.

  • Christian Responsibility: We believe that the Holy Spirit calls us to a life of Christ-like character and Christian responsibility. 

  • Unity: We believe in the unity of all believers, in all places, across all times in the fellowship of the Church.

  • Worship: We believe worship is something for which we were created and that our best expression of worship is to daily give God the honor he is due.

  • Ordinances: We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Church two ordinances to follow: Baptism and Communion. 

  • Morality: We believe God provided principles of moral and sexual conduct by which all should live. This leads us to responsible, God-honoring standards of living. 

  • Human Life: We believe all human life is sacred and created by God in His image.

  • Family: We believe that the family is God’s foundational institution for human society and that the Bible defines marriage to be between one man and one woman.

  • Authority: The Bible is our ultimate authority, but for the purposes of clarifying our beliefs, our interpretive authority on the meaning and application of our faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, rests with the Senior Pastor and Deacon Board.

 * For a fuller expression of these beliefs please refer to our Articles of Faith: