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What We Believe

We believe in One True and Living God. Yet this One God is Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

God created the world in love and made it good. The evil we see in the world is not God’s design but the result of the Fall (i.e., we humans messed up creation). The world is broken, and so are we humans. [By the way, for our pastor’s best shot at the problem of evil, see the sermon on that topic on the sermons page.]

So why doesn’t God do something about it? He has! Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He became a human being, announced God’s coming kingdom, then gave his life for our sake on the cross. On the third day, God the Father raised him from the dead in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is alive today, and through the Holy Spirit, he is at work in the world and in us! Through Jesus, God gives us … forgiveness of our sins, freedom from what others have done to us, a new life right now, the promise of eternal life with God, and makes us his partners in healing the world. God has promised all this and more to everyone who belongs to Christ. 

Only God can set the world right, and we know that he will keep his promise to do so because we know Jesus is alive. Along the way, God sets us right, too. It is a life-long process. He has given us many wonderful gifts: his Word (the Bible), the church, the sacraments (see below), and above all the empowering presence of his Spirit. 

1. Hear the Good News about Jesus. 
    God loves you. 
    You, however, are not right with God because you have evil in your heart.     Sometimes it comes out in the things you think, do, and say. (Isn’t that
     more polite than calling you a sinner? Don’t take it as an insult—we are 
    all sinners.) Jesus died for you, and through him you can be forgiven
    and adopted as God’s own child.Jesus is alive and promises you new 
2. Believe the Good News!
3. Repent of the evil you have done.
4. Accept Jesus as your Savior and acknowledge him as your Lord.
     You can pray this simple prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for what you
     have done for me. I need a Savior, and there is none but you. I am 
    sorry for the bad that I have done. I want the forgiveness and new life 
    you promise. Come into my life. I give myself to you and look forward
     to the day you will make all things new! Amen.
5. Seek baptism if you are not already baptized. 

A Christian lives and grows through regular prayer, Bible study, and worship. Every Christian needs a church. If you live in or around Mobile, Alabama, we can suggest a good one near you! 

Presbyterians believe in grace! Nothing you can do makes you worthy of God’s love. God loves you and offers you new life through Jesus for no other reason than God simply wants to! We believe that before we even recognize our need for God, God has reached out to us and called us. 

Tragically, one of the main divisions among Christian denominations is their understanding and practice of the sacraments. So it may be helpful to define where we stand. We recognize two sacraments: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. And they are sacraments, which means that through them God does something for us that we cannot do for ourselves. Sacraments are not just something we do. God acts in them!

Baptism is the beginning of the Christian life. Through Baptism God unites a person to Jesus Christ. Think of it this way: You might take a seal and emboss a book to show it is yours, “From the library of [your name here].” God does that to us in baptism. Of course, baptism is not effective apart from faith. That faith, however, may come before or after baptism. That is one reason why we baptize infants. It is a powerful testimony to God’s grace. Every denomination seems to have a hang up about baptism, and ours is, we believe it should only be done once. To do it again would amount to telling God he didn’t get it right the first time! For this reason, we recognize the baptism of every Christian denomination. If you have received Christian baptism, you can become Presbyterian without being re-baptized.

Similarly, we invite all who believe in Jesus Christ and have received baptism to share our celebrations of the Lord’s Supper. It doesn’t matter to us what kind of Christian you are. Children who have been baptized and are being instructed in the meaning of the Lord’s Supper may participate at their parents’ discretion. For more about baptism and the Lord’s Supper, see the sermons on those topics on the sermons page!

The word Presbyterian comes from the Greek word for “elders.” It means our church is governed by a group of elders (known as the session). The congregation elects elders to the session for three-year terms. Our system of government is a representative democracy. 

The Presbyterian Church goes back to the Protestant Reformation and has its roots especially in the work of John Calvin. John Knox applied Calvin’s theology of the church to Scotland, and from there it came to America. In fact, the American system of checks and balances is modeled on Presbyterian polity. (We have always thought the best way to keep power from corrupting the church is to spread it around and provide checks and balances.) Many of the Founding Fathers were Presbyterian, including John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian minister who signed the Declaration of Independence. 

We still cling to the old Reformation ideals: We are saved by grace alone, through Christ alone. We strive to be “a church reformed, and always being reformed, according to the Word of God.” 

A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO)

We seek to be a movement, not just a denomination.

These are the foundations that propel us forward.

Our Mission

To build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values

Jesus-shaped Identity:
We believe Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry.

Biblical Integrity:
We believe the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, which teaches all that is necessary for faith and life. The prominence of God’s Word over our lives shapes our priorities, and the unrivaled authority of the Bible directs our actions to be in concert with Christ’s very best for our lives. 

Thoughtful Theology:
We believe in theological education, constant learning, and the life of the mind, and celebrate this as one of the treasures of our Reformed heritage.

Accountable Community:
We believe guidance is a corporate spiritual experience. We want to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.

Egalitarian Ministry:
We believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group.

Missional Centrality:
We believe in living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world.

Center-focused Spirituality:
We believe in calling people to the core of what it means to be followers of Jesus – what “mere Christianity” is and does – and not fixate on the boundaries.

Leadership Velocity:
We believe identifying and developing gospel-centered leaders is critical for the church, and a great leadership culture is risk-taking, innovative, and organic.

Kingdom Vitality:
We believe congregations should vigorously reproduce new missional communities to expand the Kingdom of God.