About Us | Downey First Christian Church

DFCC is a community of people helping people grow closer to God.

Downey First Christian Church (DFCC) was born in response to a rapidly changing world. In 1869, people were streaming into the virtually unpopulated valley between the San Gabriel Valley and Rio Hondo. With them they brought their love of God, desire for community, and an understanding that God’s love was meant to be shared in very real and practical ways. A number of them came together to begin our faith community and build the first public building in what would later become downtown Downey.


So what’s changed?
Everything and nothing.

DFCC has embraced dynamic change through the building of a major city and multiple community transformations. We continue to be a reflection of our community as we encourage people to pursue God, build community and unleash compassion. Loving God is the foundation of the Christian faith and we pursue Him through worship, biblical teaching, fellowship, and prayer.

Our vision is to be an
ever-expanding community.

Our church is not a building or a place, it is a diverse group of people pursuing God together, and in the process, practicing the love of Christ by living in authentic community. We believe that every member is called to serve, to make a difference in the lives of others. Our vision is to be that ever-expanding community of joyful, diverse Christ-followers who make a positive difference in our world today.



What We Believe
God is One – Father, Son and Holy Spirit (John 1:1, 4:24, 14:9, 2 Peter 1:21)
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
The Bible
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching and for showing people what is wrong in their lives. It is useful for correcting faults and teaching how to live right. Using the Scriptures, the person who serves God will be ready and will have everything he needs to do every good work (2 Timothy 3:16 & 17, NCV).
The Old and New Covenants
The Law (the Old Covenant) became our tutor to lead us to Jesus, the Messiah. Jesus established a new and better covenant (Galatians 3:24; Hebrews 7:22).
Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and Lord. He is the visible image of the invisible God. (Matthew 16:16; Colossians 1:15; Acts 2:36).
Jesus' Resurrection
Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day just as the Scriptures said it would happen (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit proves to the people of the world the truth about sin, about being right with God, and about judgment (John 16:8).
Salvation is God’s gift to anyone who will agree to put Him first in his or her life. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Jesus said that we show this intentional commitment to him by being baptized (immersed in water) (Romans 6:23; Eph 2:8,9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; Romans 6:4; Matthew 28:18-20).
New Life
Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Jesus and The Church
Jesus is the head of the church, which is built upon the foundation of the apostles (Ephesians 1:22-23 & 2:20).
All Christians Are Ministers
God intends all Christians to work to bring everyone into peace with him (2 Corinthians 5:18).
All Christians Have Gifts to Use
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Spirit. There are different ways to serve the same Lord, and we can each do different things. Yet the same God works in all of us and helps us in everything we do. The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others (1 Corinthians 12:4-7, CEV).
Love One Another
Jesus’ great commandment is to love. “Love your enemies” and “love one another.” Whoever loves the Father, loves the child born of Him. Every Christian is a brother or sister to every other Christian brother or sister and should live like it (Matthew 5:43-45; John 13:34-35; 1 John 5:1).
Make Disciples
Jesus’ great commission is to go to the people of all ethnic groups and make them his disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to do everything he taught (Matthew 28:18-20).
Jesus' Return
The Lord will return for both judgment and salvation. Everyone will see Him (Hebrews 9:28; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Human Sexuality
Legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage.  Hence, sexual activities, such as, but not limited to, adultery, fornication, incest, homosexuality, pedophilia and bestiality are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church.  Further, lascivious behavior, the creation and/or distribution and/or viewing of pornography, and efforts to alter one’s gender, are incompatible with the biblical witness.

Marriage is a sacrament of the Church. This church recognizes marriage as exclusively the legal union of one man and one woman.

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