"Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." John 8:12
Congregational churches have a rich history, with roots stemming back to the 1500s in England. The church was born during the Puritan movement as an attempt to separate from a single massive governing body. The desire was to return to a simpler form of church organization and worship as detailed in the New Testament, where the congregation held power and had the ability to read and interpret the scriptures.
Puritan Congregationalists traveled to America and set up both Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts Bay Colony. From there, Congregational churches spread primarily through New England and the midwest. Famous Congregationalists include John Cotton, Jonathan Edwards, and John Owen. Congregationalists helped to found Harvard University and have had a significant influence on the development of the country.
The most unique feature of the Congregational church is that we are covenantal rather than creedal. Over the centuries we have resisted the temptation to boil down the scriptures into a creed or doctrinal statement, believing that, as John Robinson said, “God hath more truth yet to break forth out of His Holy Word.” We believe that the scriptures are a living word that should not be locked into any particular time or theology, but applied to our lives today.
Congregational churches are independent of any authority other than God such that we are an association of churches rather than a denomination.
FAITH - "We believe in God the Father, infinite in wisdom, goodness and love; and in Jesus Christ His Son, our Lord and Savior. Who for us and our salvation lived and died and rose again and liveth evermore; and in the Holy Spirit, who taketh of the things of Christ and revealeth them to us, renewing, comforting, and inspiring the souls of men. We are united in striving to know the will of God as taught in the Holy Scriptures, and in our purpose to walk in the ways of the Lord, made known or to be made known to us. We hold it to be the mission of the Church to proclaim the gospel to all mankind exalting the worship of the one true God and laboring for the progress of knowledge, the promotion of justice, the reign of peace, and the realization of human brotherhood. Depending, as did our fathers, upon the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth, we work and pray for the transformation of the world into the Kingdom of God and we look with faith for the triumph of righteousness and the life everlasting."
POLITY - "We believe in the freedom and responsibility of the individual soul and the right of private judgment. We hold to the autonomy of the local church and its independence of all ecclesiastical control. We cherish the fellowship of the churches, united in district, state and national bodies for counsel and cooperation in matters of common concern,"
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Sunday School 9:30am
First Congregational Church, Frostburg Maryland