Denomination & Beliefs
First Presbyterian Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and we seek to be a community of welcome, love, and grace for all people. You can learn more about the PC(USA) by visiting www.pcusa.org and www.presbyterianmission.org.
Our beliefs are rooted in God’s mission. At the deepest level, we do not believe that we have a mission. Rather, God has a mission and God has commissioned us to be part of it. God’s mission is told to us through scripture, ripples through the history of Israel and the church, and comes to full light in Jesus Christ. Here is what our church believes about God’s mission in full, quoting from our denominational Form of Government:
The good news of the Gospel is that the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit— creates, redeems, sustains, rules, and transforms all things and all people. This one living God, the Scriptures say, liberated the people of Israel from oppression and covenanted to be their God. By the power of the Spirit, this one living God is incarnate in Jesus Christ, who came to live in the world, die for the world, and be raised again to new life. The Gospel of Jesus Christ announces the nearness of God’s kingdom, bringing good news to all who are impoverished, sight to all who are blind, freedom to all who are oppressed, and proclaiming the Lord’s favor upon all creation.
The mission of God in Christ gives shape and substance to the life and work of the Church. In Christ, the Church participates in God’s mission for the transformation of creation and humanity by proclaiming to all people the good news of God’s love, offering to all people the grace of God at font and table, and calling all people to discipleship in Christ. Human beings have no higher goal in life than to glorify and enjoy God now and forever, living in covenant fellowship with God and participating in God’s mission.