First Free is an Evangelical Free Church located in Maplewood, MN. We are unashamedly committed to teaching and understanding the Bible. We gather on Sunday morning for worship services and Sunday School and Tuesday and Wednesday nights hold discipleship clubs for kids, youth group for junior high and high school students and adult Bible studies.
We exist to glorify God by making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ to minister to the world with the gospel by the Holy Spirit.
We are First Evangelical Free Church. What does that mean? The word evangelical comes from the New Testament word euangelion which means “good news.” We frequently find this word translated in our Bibles as “Gospel.” Broadly speaking, an evangelical is one who is committed to living and communicating the ‘Good News’ that God has sent a Savior in the person of Jesus Christ to remove men and women’s sinful alienation from God and restore relationship and communion with Him. This means that we believe:
- The veracity & authority of the Scriptures, without error as God originally gave them.
- The necessity of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior for one’s salvation.
- The urgency of seeking the conversion of spiritually rebellious and alienated men and women to Jesus Christ.
The word free, as it applies to churches, originally referred to being free from state control. When the movement of free churches began in Europe in the nineteenth century, any church that was not owned, operated and overseen by the official religion of that state was a free church. The Evangelical Free Church has roots in this movement from Scandinavian countries.