What We Believe

Our mission is to make and mature disciples for Jesus Christ.

We are a disciple-making church. This is our top priority. Jesus spoke that mission statement to the church when he said to his followers after his resurrection from the dead to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus asked his followers to do what he did with them. He poured his life into them in order that they would pour into others. When we prioritize disciple-making, all else in the life of faith flows from it and the church will flourish.

A mature disciple will:

  • Define their core identity as a Christ-follower
  • Deny self-lordship and control as these belong to the Lord
  • Pursue only hopes and dreams given by the Lord
  • Invest all they are and have for Christ and his gospel
  • Have a God-shaped view of the world
  • Worship whole-heartedly
  • Desire personal growth in beliefs, spiritual practices, and character
  • Participate in God’s mission through making Christ known
  • Participate in God’s mission through compassion and care
  • Participate in God’s mission through seeking to right societal wrongs
  • Do the work to make and mature others

Statement of Faith

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    JESUS CHRIST

    Jesus Christ is at the center of everything. In the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the eternal Son of God uniquely entered human history and became a real human being, fully human and fully God. We believe that Jesus is the only one who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove his victory and empower us for life. We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back again as he promised.

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    THE TRINITY

    We believe in one, sovereign, eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He eternally exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy. The Westminster Shorter Catechism says that “God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.”

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    THE BIBLE

    Scripture is more than a set of guidelines or ideals. We believe that the Bible is God’s uniquely revealed and written Word, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and the church’s first and final authority in all areas of faith and life. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives. The Bible points us to Jesus Christ, who is the living Word of God.

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    THE SEPARATION

    We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and his purpose for our lives. While there is an inalienable glory and nobility to human beings because we are God’s image bearers, this image is now broken and distorted, and even our best and noblest actions are contaminated by sin.

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    THE RECONCILIATION

    We believe that in order to appropriate forgiveness and gain a fresh start with God, we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and commit to His will for our lives.

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    THE CHURCH

    Jesus never intended for his followers to go it alone. He calls us into community. We believe in the power and significance of the Church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together to worship God and enjoy God's presence and work in the community of believers.

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    OUR AFFILIATION

    Our congregation is in the Presbyterian branch of Christianity, and specifically the PC(USA). We are guided by the PC(USA) Book of Order and Book of Confessions. Being Presbyterian shapes our church but does not limit it.

Our Vision

Compelling
Worship

We will provide engaging worship environments that help people deeply connect with God.

Irresistible Community

We will nurture a growing church family with meaningful relationships, warm hospitality, and supportive environments to grow in Christ together.

Developing
People

We will activate the God-given potential in each person, uncovering their gifts and talents, equipping them to take Spirit-led action in our church and community.

Focus on Uncommon Impact

We will create lasting impact both locally and globally, motivated by God’s mission of proclamation, compassion, and justice.

Our Core Values

Jesus Christ is at the center of everything.

In the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the eternal Son of God uniquely entered human history and became a real human being, fully human and fully God. We believe that Jesus is the only one who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove his victory and empower us for life. We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back again as he promised.

Who We Are

The mission of First Presbyterian Church is to make and mature disciples for Jesus Christ.

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