Values

 

The people of Arvada Presbyterian Church embrace these values:

  • Belonging to the body of Christ
  • Nurturing, preparing and involving children and youth for walking with Christ
  • Empowering the members for Christ-centered service and mission in the community
  • Sharing music as a ministry
  • Worshiping in a way that respects various styles with openness to the Spirit of God
  • Walking with others through the joys, anxieties, celebrations, sorrows and routines of life
  • Supporting one another as teachers and learners in Christ
  • Seeking the will of God through prayer and study of the Scriptures and having leadership that supports that process
  • Sharing the Gospel of Christ through the Holy Spirit’s leading

As disciples of Jesus Christ, risen savior and son of God, Arvada Presbyterian Church acknowledges our human imperfections. We need God’s empowering Spirit. We rely on Scripture as our rule of faith and practice. And we are forever called to praise God and serve others in the manner of Jesus Christ.

There is no strict set of beliefs which unites Presbyterians or separates them from other followers of Christ.  Like other Christians, Presbyterians believe in*:

  • The Trinity – God, the Creator of the Universe; Christ, the incarnation of God on Earth; Holy Spirit, the presence of God in the world and in the believer
  • The Bible – the inspired word of God
  • The Church – a universal company of Christ’s followers
  • Forgiveness of Sin – made possible by the crucifixion of Jesus
  • Life Everlasting – shown by the resurrection of Jesus

Presbyterians recognize two sacraments as described in the Bible:

  • Baptism is an initiation into the church community, as ordered by Christ. It is a public confession, not a private one. It’s a statement of faith made in the presence of others. Baptism does not guarantee access to heaven – unbaptized people are not denied salvation. If baptism is performed in another church, there is no need to re-baptize in a Presbyterian Church
  • Communion is a time to renew faith and strengthen participants for the duties and privileges of Christian Service. In Communion, the bread and wine represent the sacrificial body and blood of Christ and recall the last meal shared with the Apostles. Together they symbolize the New Covenant between God and all people.

*Taken from the pamphlet: About Being Presbyterian

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