What is a Presbyterian?
The word “Presbyterian” refers to the way our church is governed. “Presbyterian” comes from the Greek word “Presbuteros” which means “Elder.” FPC is governed by Elders - ordained church members elected by the congregation to lead and govern the church. Our goal is not to make “Presbyterians,” but to build more faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
We believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Three of the hallmarks of our “reformed” faith are:
- salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone,
- reliance on the Scriptures as our authority for faith and practice, and
- the priesthood of all believers, expressed in the saying “Every member a minister.”
We believe that God calls us to faith in Christ, and that God’s grace alone allows us to respond. We celebrate two sacraments: baptism and communion. The service of communion is open to all who call Christ Lord, and not limited by denomination or membership.
We exist as a congregation to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known:
- To proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ so all may come to know and love Him;
- To nurture His people in joyful faith, fellowship, and commitment; and
- To demonstrate His way of love in service to the world.