About First Pres

Our Core Beliefs

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We believe in God, who made all things, who came into the world in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, and is today present everywhere as the living Spirit.

We affirm both the biblical revelation of God’s creative activity and the scientific understanding of God’s continuous creative action.

We trust in Jesus Christ as our Savior. We believe that Jesus lived in complete trust and obedience to God’s purpose, was killed by people he loved, and was raised to new and everlasting life by God, whose love is never-ending. We believe that by and through his life, death and resurrection, Jesus has brought to us that same promise of everlasting life and never-ending love.

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We experience joy in the presence of the Spirit of the living Christ, who moves in our lives, in the Church, and in the world.

We take the Bible seriously, accepting it as the unique witness to God’s revelation of himself in the world, both in history, and in the person of Jesus Christ. We believe the Bible is God’s word to us, and embrace its mystical and metaphorical, as well as its literal content.

We affirm the Christian ethical directives of love, justice and peace, seeking to demonstrate in our actions God’s concern for all who are in need, caring for the planet, working to reconcile those who are in conflict, and making peace.

stained glass windowsIn recognizing God’s call to be a people of his own, we affirm the Judeo-Christian tradition, remember our roots in the Protestant Reformation, and look to discern the new things God is continually doing in and among us.

We respect diversity of understanding, valuing open minds and compassionate hearts, realizing that no human being can comprehend the infinite mind of God. We try to discern together God’s purpose for us in faith and in life.

We work to reach out with compassion to those in need, and particularly to those who are on the margins of life. We know that the Bible tells us that God has special concern for those who are overlooked by others. We believe we are called to that same concern, and that through practical acts of compassion we grow in our faith and life together.