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Building the Family of God: in Christ, in Community, in Love

First Presbyterian Church is a reformed, confessional, ordinary means of grace congregation that exists to exalt God, edify and equip the saints, evangelize the lost, and extend the love, mercy, and mission of Christ locally and around the world.

 

Distinctives:

  • Reformed: We find our roots in the 16th century Protestant Reformation and affirm the five solas of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone), Solus Christus (Christ Alone), Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) and Soli Deo Gloria (To the Glory of God Alone).
  • Confessional: As a member church of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA), we embrace and confess that the doctrine found in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Shorter and Larger Catechism is the most faithful summary of scriptural teaching. The PCA’s slogan encapsulates well our beliefs: “Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed Faith, Obedient to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.”
  • Ordinary Means of Grace: We believe God builds His Church and promises to bless Her through His ordinary means of grace, which are: the Word (especially preaching), Sacraments (biblically regulated worship), and Prayer.

What We Believe:

  • The Bible: All 66 books of Old and New Testaments are the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
  • God: There is only one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
  • Man: All mankind, having fallen in Adam, is lost in sin and in need of a Savior.
  • The Gospel: The sovereign God, by his own free grace, sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to be the Savior of his people through his atoning death and resurrection.
  • Justification: Justification is by grace alone, through faith in Christ alone.
  • Sanctification: The goal of God's salvation in a Christian's life is holiness, good works and service for God's glory.
  • Glorification: At death the Christian's soul passes immediately into glory in the presence of God, his body to be raised in glory on the last day.
  • Consummation: Jesus Christ will return to earth in visible glory, at a time not revealed, to consummate history and reign forever.

Worship:

First Presbyterian Church is committed to the primacy of Lord's Day worship (Morning and Evening). Regular weekly participation in the ordinary means of grace (the Word, sacraments, and prayer) in corporate worship is essential for believers' spiritual nourishment and growth.

God's people are therefore called to participate consistently and regularly in corporate worship on the Lord's Day, in dependence upon God's Spirit who applies Christ's benefits through His Word, prayer and sacraments.

As such we encourage you and your family to consider the various ministries, fellowship events, and educational opportunities as complementary to corporate worship, but never as a replacement of corporate worship. (Adapted from St. Andrew's Chapel Bulletin)