“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
Christ Presbyterian Church seeks to glorify God by proclaiming his transforming word to make disciples who,
Live God’s word,
Share God’s love, and
Do God’s work.
Christ Presbyterian Church, rooted in the Reformed heritage of word and worship, seeks to be a leadership and church planting greenhouse that will energize and mobilize experienced believers, who make disciples and start churches in Fernandina Beach, Florida, and the world.
Since the Bible is God’s fully true Word for his people, it is the center of everything we do, both as the content we teach and the methods we use. As content, it is the foundation of all our teaching, preaching, and study; as method, it shapes all aspects of our church, such as worship and discipleship (2 Tim. 3:16-17). We will faithfully proclaim his word. “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation’” (Mark 16:15).
Christ calls us to be hearers and doers of his word. "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock" (Matthew 7:24). We want to know God's word and put it into practice in our everyday lives. We are to live so as to enjoy God by relating to him in worship (corporate and personal), word (preaching and personal study), and prayer (corporate and personal). (Deut. 6:4-5)
God redeems us as individuals from the world to form us into a people for himself, a new covenant community. In this community we are deeply committed to one another relationally. “Love each other as I have loved you,” John 15:12. The church as the family of God welcomes, knows, loves, serves, and cares for one another with heartfelt intentionally. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Eph. 4:32)
The Great Commission. Since everyone needs to know the love of God that is only found through Jesus Christ, we seek to make disciples of all nations as we share God’s love in word and in deed. We endeavor to communicate God’s love through the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ as well as through gospel deeds of compassion and mercy helping those around us. (Matt. 28:18-20)
The Bible calls us to authentic relationship with Jesus Christ, other believers, and with those not yet a part of the covenant community. Jesus first calls us to a relationship with himself, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” John 14:6. We are secondly called to relationship with others for genuine community. Finally, we are called to those outside of the covenant community, in order that the Word of God may be shared. “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation,” Mark 16:15.
Christ makes disciples for himself most effectively through local churches; therefore, Christ Pres aims to help start churches in Florida, across the US, and around the world. We will seek to raise up leaders and resources for these churches, and cooperating with other agencies, launch out church planting teams.