Our Beliefs

 

In May 2017 First Presbyterian Church prepared a Mission Study which included the following Statement of Faith:

 

Trinity

We believe in one God, who has always existed in three persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God

We believe in God the Father, whose creation reveals His power and imagination, and whose love extends to every person everywhere.
We believe God visited us in human form so that we could know Him personally in His Son Jesus Christ.
We believe human beings are created in God’s image; but that image can be hard to see, because sin – rebellion against God’s will – has corroded our nature and broken our relationship with God.  But …

Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus through His miraculous birth, His sinless life, His miracles and teaching, His death on the Cross, and His bodily resurrection from the dead, demonstrated His love for lost and sinful people by taking the punishment we deserved upon Himself. 
We believe Jesus was fully human, while being fully God at the same time.
We believe through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, He alone reconciles us to God and makes us new people in Him.

Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit allows us to recognize our sin and repent leading us to salvation
We believe in the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to live good lives that express our faith and gratitude for God’s grace. 

Grace

 We understand living a good life does not earn God’s salvation, but says “thank you” for God’s unconditional love already given.

Afterlife

We believe everyone lives after their physical death:  those in Christ dwell in God’s presence forever, and those, who by their own choice without Christ, exist eternally without God.

Bible

We believe the Bible is the inspired and uniquely authoritative Word of God, and our guide in faith and life.

Church

We believe the Church is God’s visible family on earth, bound together by common trust in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Commission

Our job is to introduce everyone to Jesus Christ, our friend, our Savior, and our Lord.