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:
Statement of Faith
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We will provide engaging worship environments that help people deeply connect with God.
We will nurture a growing church family with meaningful relationships, warm hospitality, and supportive environments to grow in Christ together.
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.
Biblical Standards for Teachers
The session of First Presbyterian Church has developed a Biblical Standards for Teachers covenant that all teachers within the church are to sign. This includes leaders of small groups, Sunday School classes and Wednesday evening classes. Church members, particularly those interested in teaching, are welcome to reach out to the pastors or the Discipleship Committee for more information.