Mission, Vision, Values

We believe God’s vision for Erie First is found in the scripture, primarily summed up in two passages.

Matthew 28:19-20
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Acts 2:42-47
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Out of these two passages, there are six specific things that, if we do them, we will align with God’s will and purpose for the Church.


Anchored Teaching

Our church must be a people committed, sold out to, focused on the scripture that we believe is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. We must know this word, hide it in our hearts, cling to it, for it is the very speaking voice of God.


Spirit-Led Prayer and Worship

Revelation 2:4 reminds us to never forsake our first love. Our worship to God must always center around exalting Him and loving Him. The worship at Erie First will be careful to never shift into performance or a focus on simply excellence. 

Our church must be a house of prayer. We must learn to be people who abide in Him constantly like Ephesians 6:18 describes. We will be people who seek our deepest delight in searching for the heart of God.



Redemptive Community

Redemptive Community takes openness and honesty. It requires us to get real with each other and transparent. This type of community won’t always be easy, but the results will be invaluable. Good community is a place where people feel valued and accepted. Also, where people can hold each other accountable. When Redemptive Community is in full swing- Matthew 5:14 says it best: You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.


Purposeful Outreach

In Matthew 28 the verb is GO. God is asking us to love people on purpose. We have the best message of all time. A life filled with purpose and significance. A life guaranteed to end in victory. The Lord Jesus viewed the winning of one soul as worth more than the whole world. He spent much of His time talking with one person at a time about his relationship to God. One person. One story. One Rescue. At a time. On purpose.



Radical Generosity

Our church must keep working on increasing the participation of generosity. Every person gives of their time, of their possessions and of their money. 

In a world enslaved by the love of money, a lifestyle of radical generosity will proclaim to the world that the most valuable treasure in the universe is Jesus. Our church will give to advance God’s kingdom at home and abroad. I am believing that many people all across this city and this world will be changed because the people of Erie First invested and sacrificed.


Life Change

Ultimately we have to be a church that produces LIFE CHANGE through the preaching of the Gospel and the grace of Jesus. 
 Whatever level of spirituality you come in to this family, you are being transformed and renewed day by day. No one leaves the same.



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