Christ Presbyterian Church, PCA in Clarkesville, GA

Purpose, Beliefs, and Guiding Principles

Below is a highlight of our purpose, beliefs, and guiding principles for ministry.  For the full picture of who we are and how we do ministry, please see our CPC Church Manual.

Our Purpose

“To find our Identity, Lifestyle, and Mission in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Gospel Identity
We have been reconciled to God by the saving work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8–10, ESV) 

Gospel Lifestyle
Our Savior has called and equipped us to love God and our neighbor

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37–40, ESV) 

Gospel Mission
Our Savior includes us in his mission to make disciples of others.

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20, ESV) 

Our Beliefs

Our final rule of authority is God’s word, contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.   Our denominational affiliation is with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). We believe that the Westminster Confession of Faith, along with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, are an accurate reflection of the teaching of Scripture.   We also follow the Book of Church Order of the PCA, which is a guide to conducting church life in an orderly manner.

These resources can be found at www.pcaac.org/what-we-believe/.

Taken from the statement of beliefs of the Presbyterian Church in America:

We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.

We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.

We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.

We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.

We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.

We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.

We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

 

Our Guiding Principles

  • Gospel-Centered
    The message of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection for us must never be “assumed.” Because Christ is the apex of God’s redemptive work in the world, we must focus on His person and work in everything that we do.  We highlight God’s grace as the beginning and the end of the Christian life, and we emphasize a lifestyle of repentance from sin and faith in Christ. We regularly discuss God’s grace displayed in our justification, sanctification, and glorification.
  • Kingdom-Minded
    We are not the only church in the world, nor are we the “best” church in the world. While we appreciate the things that make us distinctive, we want to partner with other Christ-centered churches for the work of Christ’s kingdom.  We want other biblically faithful churches to flourish.
  • Winsomely-Reformed
    We are Reformed in our theology, meaning we trace our beliefs to the Protestant Reformation. The Reformers emphasized the authority of Scripture, the sovereignty of God, and salvation by grace.  We want to present our theology in a winsome way, pointing to its truth and beauty.  It should draw us to worship God and love others.  It should not make us arrogant, angry, or hateful toward Christians who don’t identify themselves as Reformed.
  • Theology-Driven
    The leadership of CPC strives to lead by asking “What does the Scripture say?” rather than “What is the most practical or pragmatic way to get results?” We are a church that believes in a “fixed theology;” that is, God’s Word does not change.  However, we hold to a “flexible methodology;” that is, our methods of ministry can change to some degree based on the needs of the church and the demographics of our community.  Another way to state this is that we are a church that emphasizes the ordinary means of grace.  The primary methods God uses to minister his grace to us are the word, sacraments, and prayer.  Accordingly, our worship services will emphasize these means of grace and not rely on trendy, consumer driven methods to hype people up.
  • People-Oriented Ministry
    While we minister to one another in organic, informal ways, we also establish programs to accomplish our ministry goals.  Programs are valuable, but we value the people involved in them more.  We are more interested in seeing God’s people refreshed by His presence than exhausted by programs. We never want to have programs for the sake of programs.  We also understand that people are individuals; thus, we strive to minister to people in ways that fit them rather than taking a “one size fits all” approach to programs.
  • Outward-Focused
    We do not exist for ourselves. We are not a “holy huddle.”  We must be involved in our community.  Because Christ came and sought us out, we must seek out ways we can love and serve those in our community and tell them about Christ.
  • Community-Rich
    We believe in “the communion of the saints.” This means that we want the people at CPC to love one another…and to like one another! We strive to be involved in each other’s lives and grow together into a healthy body of Christ.  Jesus cared greatly about the church and so should we.
  • God is at Work
    We are optimistic about the ministry of the church, not because we think we are good at it, but because we think God is good at it. We believe He is already at work in the lives of people, drawing them towards Himself. He is actively engaged in the world around us.  So we live and labor with the understanding that God is already working.  This emboldens us to love and serve others, to listen to them, and to minister meaningfully in their lives.
  • Partnering with Parents
    We actively minister to young people while honoring the primary role God has given parents to disciple their children.  We want to support parents by offering opportunities for discipleship and for building community.  We also seek to equip parents to raise their children in the Lord.  When children do not have spiritually engaged parents, we will strive to be the light of Christ in their lives.  We encourage our families to show mutual grace and respect to one another concerning parenting methods, educational choices, and family dynamics.

Sunday Worship at 10:30 AM

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