Several months ago, I became aware of a Presbyterian church. It’s in a small town, and it’s not the largest church in town. But interestingly, they are unwilling to define themselves by size. Instead, they define themselves by the fact they wish to make disciples.
They believe that the Christian life is meant to be lived. So, they prepare people to live it. They are very intentional. They don’t just assume people will understand. From the little ones to the seasoned citizens, they work hard to teach and prepare people to live out their ministry.
Although they believe the faith, they are unwilling to leave the issue there. They are constantly asking questions. To paraphrase Socrates, they believe that the unexamined faith is not worth living. They are not afraid. They have serious conversations about parenting, relationships, work, money and politics. They want to know how their faith impacts these areas. They want their faith in God to be deeper and richer. I find that refreshing.
They aren’t perfect. They do have conflicts. They disagree. On occasion, the vehemently disagree. Still they continue to look at the person across the table as a brother or sister in Christ. Everyone in room is seeking what is best for the church. I find that refreshing as well.
They work hard to love God and to love their neighbor. And they realize that the whole deal is resting on the grace found in Jesus Christ. We don’t deserve it but God still loves us. Even when we want to hate ourselves or hate others, God continues to love us.
That church is not that far away, but you won’t find it on a map. Instead, it is the church that we said that God wanted us to be.
Calling and Commitment of
First Presbyterian ChurcH
We are equipping the Church for the life of faith.
Relying on the grace found in Jesus Christ,
we glorify and enjoy God in all things.
Holding closely to the truth of God’s Word,
we ask with courage difficult questions of our faith and life.
Loved by God,
we show compassion respecting each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Guided by Christ’s commands,
we strive to love God, to love our neighbor, and to make disciples.