at First Presbyterian Church
We believe in living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world.
We believe in theological education, constant learning, and the life of the mind, and celebrate this as one of the treasures of our Reformed heritage.
Jesus is the son of God and Lord of all. He is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. We believe that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Cor. 2-4).
There is no aspect of creation or the human life that is untouched by sin. Sin corrupts what was God created. We know that the wages of sin is death, and eternal separation from God (Rom. 6:23). No human is exempt from this, without Jesus.
We believe that no man is brought to saving faith is Jesus unless the Spirit draws him (Jn 6:44). Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father but through me”(Jn. 14:6). Through Christ alone do we receive salvation, fellowship with God and true fellowship with one another, “if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead” (Rom. 10:9). Salvation is my grace alone, through faith alone and in Christ alone. This is not of our own doing or work, but it is the free gift of God (Eph. 2:8-9). This grace enables us to live a life of trusting and following Jesus.
The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, the only rule of faith and obedience. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).
The Holy Spirit
Upon the confession of faith in Jesus, we are baptized by God’s Holy Spirit and he lives within us. We believe the gifts of the Spirit (as found in 1 Corinthians 12) as well as various signs and wonders, are operative and continue today to testify to the reality of God’s Kingdom as well as edify and empower Christ’s Body, the Church. God’s Spirit teaches, comforts, guides, directs, convicts, and empowers believers in the process of sanctification for the purpose of being made like God.
We believe baptism is an outward sign of a person’s belief. Baptism itself does not provide salvation (that is through Christ alone), but it shows the world that an individual has put his/her trust in the finished work of Jesus and has died and been raised with Christ to walk in the newness of life.
The Life and Role of the Church
The Church is the primary instrument through which God plans to bring restoration and redemption to the broken creation. As God exists in the community of the trinity we have been made a priesthood of believers, a family, each to be joined with and actively involved in a local community of saints.
God’s desire for us, his people, is to be holy and set apart—a royal priesthood—and he calls us to clothe ourselves “with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Col. 3:12). Although we will never reach perfect holiness in this life, we seek to live a holy life while continually practicing disciplines of confession, repentance and forbearance.
We are called to love one another unconditionally. Love does not turn a blind eye on sin in each other’s lives, but it also does not condemn and reject one other outright. We ought to “forgive each other just as God, in Christ, has forgive us” (Eph. 4:32), and practice repentance and restoration in our daily life.
Men and women alike are called and gifted to proclaim the Gospel and do the works of the Kingdom.
The primary mission of the Church is to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey all that Jesus has commanded (Matt 28:19-20).
We believe the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, which teaches all that is necessary for faith and life.
We believe identifying and developing gospel-centered leaders is critical for the church, and a great leadership culture is risk-taking, innovative, and organic.
We believe Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry.
We believe guidance is a corporate spiritual experience. We want to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.
We believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group.
We believe in calling people to the core of what it means to be followers of Jesus – what “mere Christianity” is and does – and not fixate on the boundaries.
We believe congregations should vigorously reproduce new missional communities to expand the Kingdom of God.