Why should you visit Mission Presbyterian Church?
Let us offer you five reasons:
1. Mission PCA is a biblical church. We hold to the Reformation principle of the preeminence of Scripture, or sola Scriptura. That is, the Bible is the only infallible authority for the church. Everything is subject to Scripture.
Therefore, we take the Bible very seriously. Our worship is based on what the Bible instructs us to do. We sing, pray and hear the Word. We study it together in Sunday School and on Wednesday nights. The preaching is an explanation and application of what Scripture says, rather than the pastor’s pet topic.
2. Mission PCA is a catholic church. Did you read that right? Yes. We are “catholic” or universal, in the sense that we believe what the church has always, everywhere believed. We affirm the historic creeds and confessions that are accurate summaries of what Scripture teaches: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Definition of Chalcedon, the Athanasian Creed.
Our own particular summary of what the Bible teaches, that we freely and willingly affirm as an accurate summary, and bind ourselves to teach and practice, are the Westminster Standards: the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Larger Catechism and the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
While we are proud of our Presbyterian heritage, and believe it best represents Biblical teaching, we recognize that we are not the only church around. We seek to serve and have fellowship with, and have a special affinity for, our brothers and sisters in the broader Presbyterian and Reformed tradition, those who likewise affirm the Westminster Standards or the Three Forms of Unity. The Presbyterian tradition is not “lone ranger” Christianity, either individually or corporately.
You do not need to be a Presbyterian or agree with all we believe or teach to become a member. All that is required is to profess Jesus Christ as your Savior. We have great fellowship and sound Biblical teaching, with God-honoring worship. You will be blessed no matter what your background and are welcome as a member and fellow servant of Jesus.
3. Mission PCA has a vital, living faith. Presbyterians and Calvinists are often thought of as being the “frozen chosen.” We reject that stereotype as being inconsistent with Scripture. We are humbled and overwhelmed by the superabundant love and grace of God toward us as sinners, and the salvation from His own wrath and judgment that He has provided in His own Son, Jesus Christ. We don’t live by our own efforts. God made us alive in Christ. In Him we live and move and have our being. Filled with the Spirit, we seek to live lives of gratitude, of thankful obedience, because of what our gracious Father has done for us. Instead of “frozen chosen” we desire to be “thawed by God.”
4. Mission PCA is an evangelical church. We mean this not in the contemporary, stereotypical and often overly political connotation of what “evangelical” has come to mean to many people. Rather, we are committed to the “evangel” – the precious Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our message is the same as the one rediscovered by the Reformers: that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. As stated elsewhere on this site, we resolve to know nothing except Christ and Him crucified. The Gospel changes everything. We deeply want to see the lost found, called by the Spirit through us as His ambassadors to new life in Jesus Christ. We want to see more good churches planted here at home, and to support zealous missionary work throughout the world.
5. Mission PCA is a church undergoing renewal. God’s grace does not mystically subsume us into His divine nature, nor transform us into that nature. Neither does His grace obliterate our human nature. We don’t believe that flesh or matter is bad, and spirit is good. Rather, our sinful, fallen nature is renewed by the Spirit through the means of grace given to us: the preaching and teaching of the Word, the sacraments, discipline, prayer. It’s not up to you to achieve some sort of heightened, mystical spiritual state. It’s not up to you to strive to achieve victory over your sins. Jesus Christ has done for you everything you need. He gives the Spirit to make that real in you, to die to sin and live to righteousness.
NOTE: The above is adapted from Scott Clark’s book Recovering the Reformed Confession. Read chapter 6 for a better, fuller exposition of the above points.