OUR VISION: Strengthening and equipping disciples to be hospitable ministers for Christ.
OUR MISSION: To live into our vision we seek…
To REACH...Asheboro, Randolph County, and the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
To GROW...all those God calls into our fellowship as disciples of Jesus Christ, equipped to live out our faith in school, in work, in retirement, in every part of life, to the glory of God.
To SEND...disciples into our community and the world to be the body of Christ, reaching out in ministries of compassion and evangelism, to be a visible sign of the Kingdom of God coming into the world.
WHAT WE BELIEVE:
We have worshipers and members who are in many different places in their journey of faith, and we’re comfortable with that. We’re confident that God is at work in and among us. However, it is both fair and appropriate to ask what foundational beliefs inform the teaching and practice of the church?
At First Presbyterian Church we share the universal beliefs that have been held in common by most Christians, as summarized in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. At the same time, as Presbyterians, we are a part of the Reformed stream of the Christian faith, tracing our history back to the time of theological renewal called the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. As such, we share many Reformed Emphases, as laid out in the Reformed Confessions.
Some of the core beliefs/emphases of Reformed Christianity include:
God: We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons (the Trinity) – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God created and sustains all things and is at work in the world still through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ: Through Jesus Christ, God entered into this world and became man. Jesus is fully human while remaining completely God. In Jesus we find the ultimate demonstration of God’s love for all people and this world that God made. Through His death on the cross and resurrection of the dead, Jesus bridges the gap our sin created between humanity and God.
Salvation: The Bible says that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Particular sins, or acts of disobedience to God, are expressions of a deeper condition of the heart that leads to estrangement from God. We are all in the same boat, sinners, helpless to remedy our situation and desperately in need of God’s grace. Because of His great love for us, God takes the initiative to save us and restore relationship with us through Jesus Christ. The salvation Jesus offers is not something we “get” when we die and go to heaven – it’s something we experience right now. Eternal life is healing and wholeness that begins the moment we embrace God through Jesus Christ, and continues into an eternity with God. God’s salvation freely given to us in Jesus Christ is called the Gospel (literally good news).
The Bible: The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments together make up the Bible, the unique, authoritative and inspired Word of God written. The Bible is the true revelation of who God is, who we are, and the nature of the world. The Bible points to Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, and is the highest authority for the church’s faith and practice.
The Church: The church is not an institution, but the family of God’s people. The church gathers to proclaim the Word of God, celebrate the sacraments of God, and to make disciples, equipping them to be Christ’s people in the world. To be a Christian is to be a part of Christ’s church. The Christian life is not a solitary venture; God calls us into community to be a new family of those adopted in Christ.
The Sacraments: Following Jesus’ institution, the Presbyterian Church has two sacraments: The Lord’s Supper (sometimes called the Eucharist or Communion) and Baptism. Sacraments point to the gracious love of God in Jesus Christ and remind us that we are the recipients of so great a love.
The Lord’s Supper: The Presbyterian Church has an open Table, meaning that all people who claim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (and ordinarily have been baptized) are invited to come to the Table to partake. At First Presbyterian Church our practice is to celebrate the Lord’s Supper the first Sunday of each month and to use non-alcoholic juice and gluten free bread so that all may be free to participate.
Baptism: Baptism signifies the washing away of sin and entrance into the new life offered in Jesus Christ. Baptism is about God’s grace given to us in Christ before we can ever turn to God. Therefore Presbyterians baptize children of believing parents as well as adults who have never been baptized.
The Christian life: We are Christ’s people called to be Christ's body in this world. This means that our common vocation is to be ministers of the gospel, wherever we find ourselves – at school, at work, in our families, in our retirement – seeking to bring the healing balm of the gospel wherever there is pain or brokenness in this world until Christ returns to fulfill our redemption and restore the world to what God intended it to be.