Our Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, to be the only inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God written.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of Christ, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his miracles, in his vicarious and atoning death through his shed blood, in his bodily resurrection, in his Ascension to the right hand of the Father, and his personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling power and fullness the Christian is enabled to live a godly life in the present evil world.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in Christ.

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“And they were continually devoting themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

 Acts 2:42

At First Congregational Church, we want to be “continually devoted” to the same activities that the New Testament Church has been practicing from the beginning.

If you are looking for a church home where you can grow spiritually in the teachings of Jesus and His Apostles, worship in Spirit and Truth, enjoy the loving fellowship of other committed Christians, and express your God-given gifts, please consider First Congregational Church of Cresco.

Wherever God leads you, we invite you to join us whenever you can.

 

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7-8-18 – Revelation 2:12-17

Revelation 2:12-17

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7-1-18 – “The Consolation of Christ’s Church”

Revelation 2:8-11

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6-24-18 – “Jesus’ Call to Return”

Revelation 2:1-7

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6-17-18 – Guest Speaker – no audio

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6-10-18 – “Revelation-Ready”

Revelation

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Services

Church

Sunday School classes for all ages (September-April) 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.
Men’s Bible Study (Wednesdays)  6:30 a.m.
Girl’s Youth Group (Wednesdays)
 6:30 p.m.
 Women’s Bible Study (Wednesdays)  6:45 p.m.

Radio

Disciple Maker Program – Sunday | 102.3 FM 8:00 a.m.
A Morning Walk – Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:05 a.m.
Disciple Maker Program – Saturday | 102.3 FM 7:30 a.m.

 

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Announcements

  • Sunday School Classes have ended for the summer break. We’ll let you know when we will be starting again in September.
  • Sunday Worship Service begins at 10:30 am.

Newsletter

Revelation 1:13-16 – And in the middle of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His breast with a golden girdle. And His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire; and His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been caused to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. And in His right hand He held seven stars; and out of His moth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

“Revelation-Ready”

Dear Friends,

According to the Daily Bible Reading Calendar I follow and give to the members of the congregations I pastor, we find ourselves challenged to read through the Book of Revelation twice a year – once in June, and again in December.

Revelation may be the most difficult book of the Bible to interpret, understand and apply. Full of strange pictures and images (like the description of John’s vision of Jesus quoted above), it has spawned a multitude of interpretive schemes, positions, and viewpoints – causing much confusion and division in the Church of Jesus Christ.

As I prepared to read it this time around, and due to a thought-provoking conversation with my 7- & 9-year-old grandsons, I felt led to begin a series of sermons on The Revelation that – I hope and pray – are somewhat helpful to disciples of Jesus (you can listen to these sermons at www.disciplemaker.org or by requesting CDs from First Congregational Church of Cresco or Saratoga Community Church, 563-547-2263).

In the brief time we have together today, I offer a few concepts to remember as you “Ingest” Revelation:

  1. Genre (type of literature) – Revelation is not primarily History, Wisdom, Poetry or Letter. It is “Apocalyptic” (exposing the hidden) and therefore highly “symbolic”.
  2. Presuppositions – what we already think/believe necessarily affects our interpretation. Therefore, put on 1st-Century-Colored glasses as you begin. (The Revelation was given to 7 actual 1st Century churches in Asia – read chapter 1:11, and chapters 2 & 3.)
  3. Broad Themes – Look for the truth revealed by the symbolic images; biblical truths taught elsewhere in other genres, like . . .

a. Jesus Christ is Risen, Ruling and Redeeming (chap.1)

b. Jesus Christ is Returning (19:11-16, 20:11-15)

c. Jesus Christ is to be Worshipped and Served (5:1-14)

4. Proper Attitude – Particularly when difficult passages create FOG (P.H.O.G.) in our thinking . . .

a. Be Prayerful (ask God for His wisdom)

b. Be Humble (we don’t know everything)

c. Be Open (God may show me something brand new)

d. Be Gracious (to those who disagree)

I know this is woefully inadequate and too long already . . . but may this encourage you as you engage this difficult, but important, book in God’s Word.

In His love, and for His glory,

Pastor Tim Sir

Directions

From Rochester, Minnesota, go south on Highway 63 until you get to Highway 9. Turn east (left) on Highway 9 to Cresco.

From Waterloo, Iowa, go north on Highway 63 until you get to Highway 9 turn east (right) on Highway 9 to Cresco.

From Decorah, Iowa, follow Highway 9 west until you enter Cresco.

Entering Cresco, Iowa on Highway 9, turn north on Elm Street. This will be the first stop light if you are entering Cresco from the east (right turn) or the second stop light if you’re entering Cresco from the west (left turn).

Proceed north on Elm Street through the business district four blocks. At the stop sign, turn east (right turn) on third avenue. The church is located at the end of that block on the north side (left side) of the street.

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