Since the 1970s Faith Community Church has been a local church serving the Milford-Shubenacadie area.
Faith Community Church exists to give God glory and to pray and work for the coming of His kingdom both in our neighbourhood and beyond.
It is our desire to be a community church in Milford that:
- Proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ to the entire community
- Seeks to win and include people from all backgrounds within our community
- Attempts to meet the real needs of the community
We seek to be faithful to the Bible in all that we do both individually and collectively.
We are committed:
- To the relevant preaching and teaching of the Bible
- To contemporary Spirit-filled worship
- To loving and caring for one another in genuine fellowship
- To discipling each other to become mature followers of Jesus, active in service to Him
- To alleviating material needs and injustice in Jesus' name.
Our worship should be a Spirit-filled encounter with God in which we give Him praise, thanksgiving, and adoration and in which we celebrate the love and power God has for us in Christ Jesus. We will strive to make our worship evangelistic and contemporary, welcoming to people of all backgrounds, joyful, participatory, alive, encouraging, and upbuilding for believers of all ages.
We are a church which is strongly committed to prayer. We will promote and organize the congregation's participation in prayer in every way we can. We will endeavour to teach and encourage that daily prayer and Bible-reading are an absolute necessity in the Christian walk.
We are committed to having everyone who regularly attends our church meaningfully included in the congregation. It is vital to feel important to the body, to belong, and receive the love, encouragement, and support we all need.
We believe that if at all possible every regular attender should be part of some kind of small group. A small group refers to a gathering of four to ten people who meet together regularly for Bible study, sharing, and prayer. It's especially through this fellowship that we experience the depth of love and care Christ intended for His body. It is in the small group setting that we can be encouraged and helped through the trials of life, and discipled and changed by the Word to grow as believers. It is our desire to have regular social events in our congregation to foster friendship and familiarity.
We believe that the ministry of our church consists of the combined efforts of all of us not just those of our pastor and leaders. We believe that God has graciously given gifts for service to every believer with the responsibility to effectively and humbly use them to His glory. The leaders of the church are committed to helping identify and develop the congregation's gifts and to encourage them to use them in fruitful service to God and others.
We are a church that is committed to doing all we can to bring people into a saving relationship with God through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. It's our strongest desire to educate, equip, and encourage everyone in the congregation to become effective in sharing the Good News of Jesus in their own unique situations according to their own unique personalities and gifts. We are also committed to an evangelism strategy which develops and implements effective ways to bring the Gospel to the lost in our community through the corporate efforts of our congregation and in conjunction with other churches in the area. Furthermore, we are committed to spreading the Good News of Jesus to all nations by learning about missionaries and mission organizations and supporting them according to their needs through such things as letter writing, prayer, and finances.
We are committed to providing practical Biblical instruction and training for people of any age in order to lead them to a personal relationship with God through Christ and to maturity in Him. We believe that God's Word equips us to live as followers of Christ in every part of our lives. It must be studied in groups and individually.
We are committed to using our God-given resources and gifts to promote Biblical social justice, to fight against unrighteous endeavours, to alleviate human suffering, and to seek to improve the quality of life for persons in our church, community, and the world.
We are committed to serving God with the property He has given us. We will strive to maintain and improve our facilities in response to God's leading and the changing needs of our congregation. We will strive to maintain our facilities in a state of repair that is functional and attractive to the congregation and community. We will allow additional appropriate uses of our facilities that serve community needs.
Because we believe that we are saved by faith alone (Eph. 2:8) and in all things we must walk by faith, for "without faith it is impossible to please God" (Heb. 11:6). With faith in God "all things are possible" (Matt. 19:26).
Because we want to be a warm and loving church that draws any and all those in our community who are looking for a Bible-believing, Christ-centred church.
Because we are a community of people saved and set apart by Jesus Christ to worship and serve him.
Because we are part of the historic Christian faith, that body of believers built on the foundation of Jesus Christ.
Because we are rooted in the Reformation and its recommitment to the Bible as the only authority for faith and life.
We believe in the Bible as the only inspired Word of God and as our final authority for all we believe and do. (2 Timothy 3:15-16)
We believe in the only living and true God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19)
We believe that we were created by God in His own image, in our total depravity and separation from God because of the fall into sin and in our eternal destiny in either heaven or hell according to our acceptance or rejection of Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord. (Gen. 1:27; Rom. 5:12; Jer. 17:9; Eph. 2:12; John 3:16,36)
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, and that He came to earth to die to take the punishment for our sin by dying in our place, after which He rose from he dead and ascended into heaven, from where He will return at the close of the age to judge the living and the dead. (John 1:1; Matt. 1:25; 1 Pet. 3:18; Acts 2:31-33; 2 Tim. 4:1)
We believe that by repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, we are justified by God's grace, spiritually reborn, and filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38; Gal. 2:16; John 3:5-7)
We started as a group of Christians who lived in Milford and Shubenacadie but went to church in Truro. In the mid-70’s, we started our own congregation, called ourselves Faith Chapel, and began meeting in Shubenacadie. In 1986, we became an official church of the Christian Reformed denomination. In 1987, we built our present building and moved to Milford. Our complete statement of faith is the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort.