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What We Believe: Essential Tenet #8

Essential Tenet #8: Living in obedience to the Word of God Progress in holiness is an expected response of gratitude to the grace of God, which is initiated, sustained, and fulfilled by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. The first response of gratitude is prayer, and the daily discipline of prayer – both individually [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00January 6th, 2016|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What We Believe: Essential Tenet #8

What We Believe: Faithful stewardship of all of life

Essential Tenet #7: Faithful stewardship of all of life The ministries of the church reflect the three-fold office of Christ as prophet, priest, and king – reflected in the church’s ordered ministries of teaching elders, deacons, and ruling elders. We affirm that men and women alike are called to all the ministries of the Church, [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00December 18th, 2015|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What We Believe: Faithful stewardship of all of life

What We Believe: Covenant Life in the Church

Essential Tenet #6: Covenant Life in the Church We are elect in Christ to become members of the community of the new covenant. This covenant, which God Himself guarantees, unites us to God and to one another. Already in the creation, we discover that we are made to live in relationships to others, male and [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00December 11th, 2015|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What We Believe: Covenant Life in the Church

What We Believe: Election for Salvation and Service

Essential Tenet #5: Election for salvation and service The call of God to the individual Christian is not merely an invitation that each person may accept or reject by his or her own free will. Having lost true freedom of will in the fall, we are incapable of turning toward God of our own volition. [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00November 11th, 2015|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What We Believe: Election for Salvation and Service

What We Believe: God’s Grace in Christ

Essential Tenet #4: God’s grace in Christ God declared that the world He created was good and that human beings, made in His own image, were very good. The present disordered state of the world, in which we and all things are subject to misery and to evil, is not God’s doing, but is rather [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00November 7th, 2015|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What We Believe: God’s Grace in Christ

What We Believe: The Incarnation

Essential Tenet #3: The Incarnation This is the second great mystery of the Christian faith, affirmed by all Christians everywhere: that Jesus Christ is both truly God and truly human. As to His divinity, He is the Son, the second person of the Trinity, being of one substance with the Father; as to His humanity, [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What We Believe: The Incarnation

What We Beleive – The Trinity

Essential Tenets The Trinity Essential Tenet #2: The Trinity The triune nature of God is the first great mystery of the Christian faith. With Christians everywhere, we worship the only true God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who is both one essence and three persons. God is infinite, eternal, immutable, impassible, and ineffable. [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00October 20th, 2015|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What We Beleive – The Trinity

What We Believe: The Authority of God’s Word

In October of 2014 our board of elders approved Westminster becoming a Fellowship Community church within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denomination. The Fellowship Community is a movement within the PCUSA that creates a supportive biblical community to meet the challenges of the of the 21st century mainline church. Part of joining the Fellowship Community consisted [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:50-05:00October 14th, 2015|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What We Believe: The Authority of God’s Word

What We Believe

Essential Tenets - Introduction In October of 2014 our board of elders approved Westminster becoming a Fellowship Community church within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denomination. The Fellowship Community is a movement within the PCUSA that creates a supportive biblical community to meet the challenges of the of the 21st century mainline church. As a minority voice [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:50-05:00October 7th, 2015|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What We Believe

Motivation to Give an Overflowing Blessing

Gathered in Love Centered in Christ Empowered for Mission Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; 2he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3He said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; 4for all of them [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:50-05:00September 28th, 2015|Categories: From the Pastor, Overflowing Blessing, Pastor's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Motivation to Give an Overflowing Blessing