What We Believe
What we believe...
We believe that God is the loving Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternal, sovereign and completely good, knowing all things and having all power. God exists in a triune community of three persons equal in divine perfection: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God passionately desires relationship with us that we might come to know and enjoy Him forever.
Genesis 1:1,26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,3; 4:24; 14:6-9, 15-17 and John 16:7-15; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Romans 1:19,20; Ephesians 4:5,6; 1 John 4:9-10
About Jesus Christ
We believe that God has revealed Himself in human form through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and was crucified for our sins. He was buried and rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven where He intercedes for His people and from where He will return to earth to rule and reign forever.
Matthew 1:18-25; 20:28; 22:36-40; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16; Colossians 1:13-23; 2:8-14; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; John 14:1-3; Hebrews 1:1-3; Acts 10:42-43; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
About the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is sent from the Father and the Son to live inside all who believe in Jesus Christ. The Spirit teaches, convicts, comforts, guides and empowers us; giving each believer diverse gifts for the building, strengthening and encouragement of the Church and its ministry in the world.
John 14:26; 15:26, 27; 16:7-14; Romans 5:5 and Romans 8; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 3:16, 4:3-4, 5:18; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19 and 1 Corinthians 12-14; Galatians 5:22-26
About the Bible
We believe that the Bible (The Old and New Testament) is the infallible Word of God, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. We believe that God speaks to us in the Bible, and that it is our privilege and responsibility to seek to understand Gods message and apply it to our lives. The Bible is our standard in all we say and do.
Matthew 5:17-19; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; 20:31; Acts 17:11; 20:32; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 2:15 and 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Hebrew 4:12; 2 Peter 1:16-21 and 2 Peter 3:14-18; Psalm 19:7-11 and Psalm 119:9-16; Joshua 1:7-8.
We believe that all people are created in the image of God and to live in relationship with Him. However, through our sin (failing to live by God’s standards), we have broken our relationship with God to pursue our own self-centered desires. However, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue us from the consequences of such a life and to restore our broken relationships with God and others. God has accepted Christ’s death on the cross as the perfect act of redemption for each of us. Salvation comes to people on the basis of God’s grace through their faith in Jesus alone. They receive the free gift of forgiveness and are spiritually reborn through repenting of their sin and trusting in Jesus Christ as their only Lord and Savior. Good works and a holy life, although totally unable to save anyone, are the product of repentant, believing people.
John 3:16 and John 5:24; Ephesians 2:1-10; I Peter 2:24, 3:18; Romans 3:9-28; 6:23, and Romans 10:9-10; Titus 3:3-8; James 2:14-26.
About the Church
We believe that the Church is comprised of all born-again believers known as the Body of Christ of which Jesus Christ is the head. Through a common confession of faith and a shared life, the Church worships God and proclaims Christ. We believe that the local church embodies the nature of the Body of Christ in its given context. Under the guidance of the Word and the Spirit First Presbyterian Church is led by Pastors, Elders, & Deacons who seek to nourish the church’s life and faith and equip it for its ministry and mission. While acknowledging that there is diversity among churches and Christians, First Presbyterian Church seeks to encourage all believers to work together in humility and love for the proclamation of the gospel. In accordance to the Word of God, the Church administers the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Matthew 23:8-11, 18:15-17; John 15:12; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:3-18; 14:1-15:7, 16:17; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 16:15-16; Galatians 6:1-5, 10; Philippians 2:1-5; Colossians 4:5-6; 1 Timothy 5:1, 17-23; 2 Timothy 2:14-17, 23-26; 4:1-5; Hebrews 13:7,17.