Our Distinctives

An early Christian pastor once wrote, “in essential things, unity, in debated things, liberty, and in all things, charity.”

In regard to essential things we believe the basic tenets of the Christian faith as spelled out in the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed.

In regards to debated things we hold many distinctive beliefs which define us as an Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

We are a Biblical church that believes in the inerrant and sufficient Scriptures as our only rule of faith and practice, able to make us wise unto salvation and useful for teaching, correcting, rebuking and training us as disciples.

We are a Reformed Chuch which believes that grace flows necessarily out of God’s sovereignty.  Grace is the work of God alone.  Man’s free-will is a faculty God employs, but saving grace depends upon the work of the Spirit powerfully renewing man’s will to accept God’s gracious offer of salvation.

We are an Evangelical Church which believes that the we are called to “preach the gospel to every creature under heaven” ( Mark 16:15) as Christ’s ambassadors as though God were making His appeal through us to implore men to be reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:19-20).   God’s sovereign choice is one of the “secret things” which we cannot know.   Therefore we preach the gospel earnestly and urgently.

We are a Presbyterian Church which believes that God has called men to be Elders to provide spiritual oversight, instruction, counsel and encouragement to the Church.   The word Presbyterian comes from the ancient Greek word for ‘elder.’   Our church’s elders exercise care for the families in our congregation under the authority of other elders from several neighboring states.   This larger group of elders is called a Presbytery.

We are a Connectional Church.   We are under the authority of the Mississippi Valley Presbytery and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Synod.   Through these connections, we work with other churches in North America and across the world to spread the gospel to every creature under heaven.

We are a Confessional Church.  Our basic doctrines are expressed by the Westminster Confession of Faith and its Larger and Shorter Catechisms.  This confession and its catechisms summarizes what we believe the Bible teaches in regard to key doctrines.   We do not hold them to be inerrant or infallible, but we do believe that they accurately express the central truths of the Christian faith.