At First Presbyterian Church, our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20), and we are committed to fulfilling this mission by focusing on the following four priorities:
According to Jesus, God expects His people to worship Him. In John 4:23, Jesus tells the woman at the well that God “is seeking” worshipers who will worship Him “in spirit and truth.” Worship is obviously important to God. And, since it is important to God, it ought to be important to His people as well. That is why we place a high priority on gathered, public worship each week. See Sundays at FPC for more on our worship services.
In John 8:31, Jesus states unequivocally that His disciples will be devoted to His Word. In the context of John 8, Jesus is speaking to people who professed to believe in Him but who really did not in actual fact. He tells them that the distinguishing characteristic of all who genuinely believe in Him will be an overriding commitment to His Word. This is why we are committed to studying the Bible together with the goal of living out our faith in the everyday.
In John 13:34-35, Jesus gives another distinguishing characteristic of His disciples: that they will love other disciples. “By this,” Jesus says, “all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” The primary way we come to know and love one another is through our community groups.
At the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, just as He was about to return to heaven, Jesus charged all His disciples to “go” and “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). This is “great commission” applies not only to the first twelve disciples but to all who have put their faith in Christ. In joyful obedience, we plant churches in the US and internationally, care for our neighbors through mercy ministries, and extend our hands to our community through community service.