We want to follow Jesus, love and serve one another, and make new disciples in our community and around the world.
Our Core Values
As a community of faith, called, saved, and made holy by God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—we desire to embody and share the good news of Jesus Christ. We believe this involves both participating in the good work God is doing in the world and helping others get to know God themselves. The following values guide us in these pursuits:
#1 We hold the Bible to be the Word of God.
Because we believe the Bible is God’s message to us, we accept that it is the ultimate authority for what we believe and how we live. We ask the Holy Spirit to help us understand what the Bible teaches and allow its teaching to shape our lives.
#2 We strive to be committed disciples of Jesus Christ.
We recognize that we must set aside our own values and agendas and prioritize the things that are important to God. We look to Jesus as our teacher and our example, who shows us how to see, understand, and live in the world.
#3 We trust the Holy Spirit to transform every aspect of our lives.
We know that God wants us to be holy—truly good and truly devoted to God. The Holy Spirit works within us, shaping us into people who honor, serve and obey God.
#4 We desire to be a community characterized by love.
We respond to God’s love for us and for the world by loving God with our whole selves (heart, soul, mind, and strength) and loving other people, caring for their needs just as we care for our own.
#5 We are a missional church, sent by God to serve the world around us.
We know that many people’s first encounters with God happen someplace other than a church building, and we want to work with God as he reaches out into communities and cultures to meet people who don’t know him yet. We do this by serving and caring for our community, building real relationships with people beyond the walls of our church—the kind of relationships that show others what God’s love is like and make it easy to want to follow Jesus along with us.
#6 We believe that followers of Jesus grow and thrive as they spend time together in small groups.
We work on developing close relationships with other Christians, especially by meeting regularly in small groups to serve and care for each other, spend time with God together, and encourage each other to follow Jesus in our daily lives.
#7 We are called to faithfully represent Jesus Christ in all aspects of our lives.
We will use the gifts God has given us—our time, our skills and talents, and our material resources—to help our church be and do what God asks of us, and to show God’s love to others. As we strive to represent God in everything we do, we look to Jesus’s life as our ultimate model.
Our Belief Statement
As the family of faith gathering at the Village Presbyterian Church, we are deeply committed to the following truths taught in the Christian Scriptures and the historic creeds of the Presbyterian Church:
There is one holy God, the ruler of the universe and everything in it, who reveals himself to humanity in his great love for us. This one God exists eternally as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Through the Father, we know God as our creator, the one who made all things and continues to care for all he has made. God loves us as a parent loves his children, and he shows us his love by providing for us, inviting us to a relationship with him, teaching us how to live, and calling us to love one another with respect and compassion.
God’s goodness and love is further revealed in Jesus Christ, who entered time and space and became fully human, while remaining fully God. In his years on earth, Christ demonstrated the depth of divine love and provided a perfect pattern for human life. In his death on the cross, Jesus paid the penalty for the sin that separates humans from our holy God, and gave us the chance to enter into a relationship with him. Through his resurrection, Jesus gained victory over sin and death, and he now offers the promise of eternal life to those who trust in him.
The God who gives us life in this world, as well as the promise of eternal life with him, is also with us every day through the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit works within us to deepen our relationship with God, leading us to be more like Jesus and empowering us to participate in God’s continuing work on earth.
God has given us the Scriptures to teach us of his work and will. The Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God, delivered through human hands; they give us ultimate and authoritative direction in all matters of faith and life.
Though human beings were created in God’s own image, we have also been corrupted by sin. This means that even though God reaches out to us in countless ways, we are stubbornly inclined to separate ourselves from God and his offer of abundant life today and eternal life to come. We can do nothing to earn God’s love or a relationship with him; but, though we don’t deserve it, God offers to save us from our separation and all its consequences. This salvation is offered as a free gift, to be accepted through faith in Jesus.
It is through Jesus Christ that we are reconciled to God and one another, becoming part of the worldwide faith community known as the Church. Here we are called to continue to grow in our understanding of God and his ways. God grants us many opportunities to strengthen and deepen our faith through prayer, study, fellowship, and worship.
As followers of God and members of his Church, we are called to devote our lives to him. We offer our time, talents, and resources in grateful response to all God has done for us, and we humbly desire to serve as God’s messengers in the world, honoring him and sharing the good news of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.
God gives us many and diverse opportunities, both as individuals and as a community, to share his love and the story of his goodness by reaching out to those in need, wherever they may be. We strive to meet the physical needs of humanity by responding to poverty, inequality, and injustice; we strive to meet the spiritual needs of humanity by offering compassion, guidance, and hope through Jesus.
As we live our lives in faith, we experience peace and joy in the present and look forward to Christ’s return and eternal life in God’s presence. In hope, we anticipate joining a family of believers from every time and place in a glorious and everlasting home, where there will be no sickness, sadness, or pain.