Essentials of Our Faith

In Essentials… Faithfully Informed Unity
In Non-Essentials… Faithfully Informed Liberty
In All Things… Faithfully Informed Love

Scripture

We believe in the Bible. We believe it to be the Word of God written and that where it is read and proclaimed Jesus Christ is there present. We believe that reading, hearing, preaching, and confessing Scripture are central to Christian worship. We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments to be inspired by God. They are entirely trustworthy. The Bible is complete, needing no other books to define it. It is the sole rule of our faith and life.

God

We believe in one sovereign God who exists eternally in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things whether they are visible or invisible. God is perfect, holy, and characterized by love. God is knowable through His Son Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, who is our only Redeemer, the eternal Son of God. We believe he is both fully God and fully human, yet one Person. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born into this world by the virgin birth. His mission was to fully pay for sin through his death, bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven. He is now seated at the right hand of God as Prophet, Priest and King.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who is fully Spirit and fully God and who with the Father and Son is equally God. The Holy Spirit lives within those who trust in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit works to convict us of sin and changes our hearts so we desire to serve God. The Holy Spirit gives us gifts needed to serve God. The Holy Spirit is a Comforter to every believer, a Friend called alongside to help, and is both the author of, and the One who provides illumination necessary for our understanding of Scripture.

Salvation

We believe we are separated from God by sin. However, through His work of free grace, God has provided for our complete release from sin, condemnation, and separation from God. When we respond to God’s grace by placing our faith in Christ Jesus alone, God credits to us all of Jesus’ righteousness and all that He has accomplished for us. By faith, through the Holy Spirit, we are born spiritually, enter into union with Jesus Christ, become children of God, and receive eternal life.

The Church

We believe in the Church. The true Church is comprised of all who are united in Jesus Christ through saving faith. The Church expresses its unity in Christ by right preaching of the Word, sharing the sacraments of water baptism and communion, and living disciplined lives. We believe the sole identifying mark of the Church is obedience to Jesus Christ alone. This creates a new Christian culture characterized by a loving community. This community is distinct from society at large, yet living in relationship with that society. Within that society the communion of believers strives in their work to glorify and proclaim Christ while waiting Christ’s return.

Obedience

The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to share the Good News throughout the world and to lead people to become followers of Christ. Because He loved us and gave Himself for us, following Christ requires giving ourselves to Him fully in self-denying love and servant hood.

The Second Coming

Jesus Christ will come again to the earth – personally visibly, and bodily, in great power and the full display of his glory – to judge in righteousness the living and those who have died. Christ’s second coming will bring history to its conclusion for the glory of God. “Even so, come Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)


Our Mission Statement

We Are People Called by Christ

We believe God longs for us to encourage, challenge, and support one another in our faithful responses to the challenges of life. We are striving to provide ways to meet spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs in deepening each others relationship with Jesus Christ. We want to be a church that lives in faithful obedience to scripture.

To Celebrate God In Worship

We believe God made us for worship. He calls us together to join in a beautiful and glorifying celebration of His faithfulness to us in Jesus Christ. We worship God as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. We worship in song and prayer, hearing the Word of God, and responding to the Word through the daily offering of our lives. We also share in the sacraments of Communion and Baptism together.

Grow Deeper Together In Discipleship

We believe God has called the church to grow together spiritually. We are striving to be a church that seeks Biblical understanding towards living in this world with both truth and grace. We believe you can find a place to grow deep through classes, seminars, small groups, support groups, and study groups.

And Bring Others to Christ

We believe God has called each member of the church to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the world! We are striving to be a church that lives out this message in our everyday lives: in our neighborhoods, schools, and work places, and in many places throughout the world. We don’t have volunteers at First Presbyterian- we have servant ministers serving with the gifts God has given us.

CORE VALUES

Christ-likeness

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your might’; the second is this, ‘love your neighbor as yourself.”
– Mark 12:30-31

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”
– Matthew 28:19-20

We believe that He is calling us to become more and more Christ-like, increasingly and more passionately following Him in fulfilling the Great Commandment (Mark 12:30-31) and Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). In particular, the grace of God we receive in Christ Jesus must be the defining, visible mark of our life as Christians. All other vision statements arise out of this grace. Thus, in order to receive and give such grace, our focus must continue to be on the experience of devotion to God, always beginning with corporate worship and continuing through the pursuit of deepening prayer, the study of God’­s Word, and gathering regularly with God’­s people in smaller groups that meet beyond Sunday mornings.

Biblical Fidelity

“I am writing these instructions to you so that, if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth.”
– I Timothy 3:14-15

We believe that He is calling us to preserve and practice the truth of the Gospel through biblical preaching, teaching, leadership and witness in the discipleship of our congregation, then among the people of Montrose, the Western Slope, the Presbytery of Western Colorado, the PC(USA), and throughout the world.

A New Culture

“Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there still is room.’ Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.'”
– Luke 14:21-23

“Jesus said to them, ‘Come and see.'”
– John 1:39

We believe that He is calling us to be a church without walls, sending all who believe to seek out the lost and welcoming allto “come and see.” This means becoming a culture distinct from the culture around us and yet remaining in close relationship with that culture. It will be crucial to demonstrate unity-in-diversity by breaking down the walls between denominations, generations, gender, worship style, economic status, education, and race. This is not only vital for unbelievers to become Christians, but also for the transformation of culture, and as a witness to other churches.

Stewardship

“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me and for the Gospel will save it.”
– Mark 8:34-35

We believe God is calling us to lose our lives that we might find them; that we are to die to all that would draw us away from Him and discover life in Jesus Christ; and that we are to return to His service all that He has given us. This stewardship of all we are and all we have will mean living by faith in a prayerful relationship, trusting Him to resupply what we give away.

Family

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”
– Matthew 19:29

We believe that He is calling us to build up the Body of Christ, which is His family. The family of God is to welcome and enfold warmly all whom He gathers: singles, widows and widowers, married, divorcees, children, youth, parents. This family is to be the source from which we are equipped to serve Jesus Christ in daily living.

Leadership Training

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”
– 2 Timothy 2:2

We believe that He is calling us continually to mentor new leaders and to equip them with authority and responsibility. We are called to be a lay ministry church, which focuses on empowering lay people to minister on the front lines in the world. This also involves a specific call to give our very best to people being trained for ministry, that we might release them to bless other churches or missions later.

Elders

Believing firmly in Jesus Christ as the active head of our church, the elders gather monthly in a Session of discernment, seeking to order our life and mission as a church under the will of Christ. This is where the direction of our church is set and important decisions deliberated before the Lord as we search the Scriptures and seek to love the Lord with all we are.

Elders are primarily spiritual leaders of the body in partnership with the pastor. While many practical decisions are made by the session (nine ruling elders and the pastor), their primary work is to discern the spiritual needs of the body and God’s calling for the church. An elder needs to have a spiritual maturity, upstanding character and a desire to serve. Although none of us feel qualified, through the group dynamic of prayer, trust building, accountability and submission to one another, a true spiritual leadership is attained by the group as a whole.

An Elder's terms are typically three years, and an Elder can serve two consecutive three year terms. If a position is vacated, a replacement can be made with Session Approval. Session meets regularly on the fourth Monday of every month and at other times as necessary. Minutes of the meetings are public and may be obtained from the church office. 

 

 

Term Ending 2017 (Top)

Bob Byers (3 yr term– 1st time)

Jeanne Motley (3 yr term– 1st time)

Graham Trenda (3 yr term– 1st time)

 

Kandi Ray (Clerk of Session)

 

 

 

Term Ending 2018 (Middle)

Bob Burk (3 yr term– 4th time) 

Hannah Freese (3 yr term– 1st time)

Gary Schritter (3 yr term– 4th time)

 

 

Term Ending 2019 (Bottom)

Karla Clader (3 yr term– 2nd time)

Bill Jones (3 yr term– 1st time as elder)

Julie Andress (3 yr term– 1st time as elder)

WORSHIP

Our worship is joyful movement from the remembrance of God’s faithfulness and goodness throughout history to the foot of the Cross, where we repent, receive forgiveness, and look forward with anticipation to God’s call on our church to be His Kingdom people in a needy world.

Our weekly gatherings are comfortable, casual, and friendly, welcoming an intergenerational congregation into a time of corporate prayer, singing and hearing God’s Word preached. We are diverse people who love music and the way it has shaped faith throughout the centuries, so we use that extraordinary musical heritage of ancient and modern to weave thematic, Biblical sermons together with intentionality.

We have several worship teams at FPC, a growing choir, and a bell choir who all participate in worship throughout the month. Our worship services also highlight opportunities for people to become involved in ministries within the church and our community. We embrace the philosophy that our worship celebrates the story of God and how we as his disciples take a part in that story, because he has loved us, rebirthed us through faith in Christ and called us to live as his children for his greater purpose and plan.