Faith Community Church seeks to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the international community of Prague by being transformed ourselves, and transforming each other and our city for our good and God’s glory.
To be a reproducing church that is focused on expanding the kingdom of Jesus Christ through intentional, relational outreach and personal discipleship.
What We Believe
No matter what you believe, you are welcome to join us for worship. Here is a summary of what our church believes.
We are Evangelical
“Evangelical” comes from the Greek word evangel, “gospel.” By “evangelical,” we mean that we believe strongly in the gospel and try to keep it central to all we do.
Here’s a brief summary of what we believe about the Gospel:
God is holy.
The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. (Psalm 11:4-5)
People are sinners.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
Jesus died to make atonement for sinners.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
We are saved through faith in what Jesus has done.
[W]e have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified. (Galatians 2:16)
There is a real heaven for those who trust in Christ, and a real hell for those who do not.
And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. (Matthew 25:46)
We also believe the Bible is the Word of God. As such, we believe Scripture is:
Necessary. We need Scripture in order to understand the Gospel, to grow spiritually, and to know God’s will.
Authoritative. The Bible is the ultimate and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. We believe Scripture is inerrant, meaning that it does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact.
Sufficient. The Bible tells us everything we need to know about God and how we are to relate to him.
We are Christian
We hold to the historic Christian faith expressed in the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and Earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
We are Reformed
We believe the central doctrines that were the basis of the Protestant Reformation:
- We are saved by grace alone: Salvation is by God’s grace, not through any merit on our part
- We are saved through faith alone: We are justified only through faith in Christ, not by any good works we could do.
- Our faith is in Christ alone: Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man.
- Scripture alone is an infallible guide for faith and practice.
- We seek to live all of life to the glory of God alone.
Christ has called us to live out our faith not just individually, but corporately. We do that in community with others, and not just on Sundays. “Church” should be more than a building or a Sunday gathering – it should be a community of believers that live life together, seeking to glorify God together.
Our worship services on Sundays are worship; our lives should be worship-ful as well. Our hope is that all of our earthly activity returns praise to God, and Sunday services are one of the ways we do that. We invite people to come and sing, pray, and give of themselves to God in worship.
God calls us to share our faith with others through relationships, so that we can echo Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 2: “We were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” We are called to love people as Christ loves them, which is also how he loves us!
As God has had great mercy on us, His children, we are called to show mercy to others – both inside and outside the church. We do this through relationships with “mercy ministries” in the city that seek to meet the spiritual and tangible needs of others. And we do this by caring for each other and helping each other in our various needs.
Our chief means of communicating with God is prayer. We believe that prayer is one vital way to help God’s will be done on earth, as opposed to our will being done in heaven! Faith Community was birthed out of many prayers over many years, and we hope that we will always be marked by turning first to God in prayer – for our needs and for His glory!
Primacy of Scripture
Our rule and guide in our Christian faith is God’s Word. We believe that God’s Word is perfect (inerrant) and complete (sufficient) to teach and train us. And we believe that it is Spirit-breathed (inspired), so that it is just as relevant today as it was when it was first written. We place importance on Scripture through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word on Sundays and our weekly Bible study groups.
Our various small groups are centered around our core values as well, particularly community and Scripture. These groups are great ways for people in the church to develop intimacy with others, encourage and be encouraged, pray for each other, and hear from God’s Word together.
Transformation of the city
Missiological trends show that the thinking and philosophies of cities spread to the rural areas of entire countries. Thus we seek to build God’s Kingdom in the city of Prague, hoping that there will eventually be wider impact for the gospel.