What We Believe
AFFIRMING THE ESSENTIALS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
In 2009, the Session of FPC affirmed each of the documents contained in the RAISE booklet as accurately expressing the essentials of the Christian faith. These documents originated as summaries of a Wednesday Night ID class titled "Living the Essentials of the Faith: RAISE." The RAISE acronym stands for Revelation, Anthropology, Incarnation, Sanctification, Eternity.
REGARDING ISSUES DEBATED BY THE CHURCH
In 2001, 2009, 2011 and again in 2014, the Session of First Presbyterian wrote and affirmed the following three tenets:
1. Jesus Christ is Lord God of all and the only way of salvation.
2. The Holy Scripture is God's revealed Word, the only infallible rule for faith and life.
3. God's people are called to holiness in all aspects of life. This includes honoring the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, the only relationship in which sexual activity is appropriate.
A CONVERSATION ON SEXUALITY
The Session of FPC commends the following paper to you for further reflection on the topic of human sexuality.
FELLOWSHIP OF PRESBYTERIANS
“The mission of The Fellowship of Presbyterians is to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ. ”
The Fellowship of Presbyterians began in January 2011 as a conversation between seven pastors who wanted to find new ways to encourage each other in common faith, ministry, and mission. They dreamed of reclaiming a covenanted biblical community, where unity is derived from a clearly articulated theology and a shared mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ, and where new generations of leaders are nurtured to speak the gospel into a rapidly-changing world.