So others will know the life found in Jesus Christ
How should we then live?
1. Personal Devotion: Knowing God and being known by Him
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3.1)
“But then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13.12b)
We believe that our relationship with God is foundational to all that we are and do. Our love for God is a response to His unfailing love for us, a love that is ultimately and supremely expressed in Jesus Christ and best reflected by our love for others.
2. Worship Together: Celebrating, proclaiming and responding to Jesus Christ
“The Lord inhabits the praise of His people” (Psalm 22.3)
“Worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24)
We believe that corporate worship celebrates who God is and His love for us. As we gather in Jesus’ name, we hear the good news of Jesus Christ proclaimed, we receive His life in sacrament, we respond to Christ’s call, and we are sent to follow Jesus into the world.
3. Equipping: Lifelong education for mission and ministry
“To equip the saints for the work of ministry for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4.12)
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men and women who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2)
We believe following Jesus Christ is a life of learning more about Christ and His work and of applying the truth and skills for life and godliness. We impart that knowledge and skills to others so that Christ may be formed in all of us. Together we discern and develop the gifts that God has given to His people.
4. Fellowship: Experiencing life together and caring for one another
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2.42)
We believe the Christian life is experienced together with other Christians. Just as the fullness of God is revealed in the community of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we have been created for community. We embrace our multi-generational character and seek to enrich it.
5. Stewardship: Using for God’s purposes everything He has entrusted to us
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25.21)
We believe that stewardship is using all that God has entrusted to our care – possessions, positions, and power – for God’s honor. The Lord has also given each member spiritual gifts to use so that the church may fully function as the body of Christ.
6. Welcome & Enfold: Making a place for all whom God brings to us
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35)
We believe God loves and values each person He brings to Presby. We are committed to a culture of hospitality that crosses all social boundaries, in which everyone is invited into full fellowship within the Presby family and with Jesus Christ.
7. Evangelize: Witnessing to the grace and truth of God in Christ
“You shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1.8)
“We are Christ’s ambassadors as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on God’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)
We believe that salvation in Jesus Christ is granted to us for sharing. Wherever we are, we proclaim in word and deed the good news of Jesus Christ and invite others to respond to that news.
8. Engage in missions: Going together into the world to do the work of Jesus
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners,
And recovery of sight for the blind,
To release the oppressed,
To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4.18-19)
We believe that as the body of Christ, we continue in the work that the Lord began on earth. It is the work of justice, peace, reconciliation and freedom in the power of the Holy Spirit. The work sees no racial, socio-economic, political or other boundaries.