WHO WE ARE
AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MONTROSE
WHAT WE BELIEVE:
We believe God longs for us to encourage, challenge, and support one another in our faithful responses to the challenges of life. We are striving to provide ways to meet spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs in deepening each others relationship with Jesus Christ. We want to be a church that lives in faithful obedience to scripture.
We believe God made us for worship. He calls us together to join in a beautiful and glorifying celebration of His faithfulness to us in Jesus Christ. We worship God as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. We worship in song and prayer, hearing the Word of God, and responding to the Word through the daily offering of our lives. We also share in the sacraments of Communion and Baptism together.
We believe God has called the church to grow together spiritually. We are striving to be a church that seeks Biblical understanding towards living in this world with both truth and grace. We believe you can find a place to grow deep through classes, seminars, small groups, support groups, and study groups.
Ministry & Mission
We believe God has called each member of the church to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the world! We are striving to be a church that lives out this message in our everyday lives: in our neighborhoods, schools, and work places, and in many places throughout the world. We don’t have volunteers at First Presbyterian- we have servant ministers serving with the gifts God has given us.
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your might’; the second is this, ‘love your neighbor as yourself.”
– Mark 12:30-31
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”
– Matthew 28:19-20
We believe that He is calling us to become more and more Christ-like, increasingly and more passionately following Him in fulfilling the Great Commandment (Mark 12:30-31) and Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). In particular, the grace of God we receive in Christ Jesus must be the defining, visible mark of our life as Christians. All other vision statements arise out of this grace. Thus, in order to receive and give such grace, our focus must continue to be on the experience of devotion to God, always beginning with corporate worship and continuing through the pursuit of deepening prayer, the study of God’s Word, and gathering regularly with God’s people in smaller groups that meet beyond Sunday mornings.
“I am writing these instructions to you so that, if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth.”
– I Timothy 3:14-15
We believe that He is calling us to preserve and practice the truth of the Gospel through biblical preaching, teaching, leadership and witness in the discipleship of our congregation, then among the people of Montrose, the Western Slope, the Presbytery of Western Colorado, the PC(USA), and throughout the world.
A New Culture
“Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there still is room.’ Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.’”
– Luke 14:21-23
“Jesus said to them, ‘Come and see.’”
– John 1:39
We believe that He is calling us to be a church without walls, sending all who believe to seek out the lost and welcoming allto “come and see.” This means becoming a culture distinct from the culture around us and yet remaining in close relationship with that culture. It will be crucial to demonstrate unity-in-diversity by breaking down the walls between denominations, generations, gender, worship style, economic status, education, and race. This is not only vital for unbelievers to become Christians, but also for the transformation of culture, and as a witness to other churches.
“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me and for the Gospel will save it.”
– Mark 8:34-35
We believe God is calling us to lose our lives that we might find them; that we are to die to all that would draw us away from Him and discover life in Jesus Christ; and that we are to return to His service all that He has given us. This stewardship of all we are and all we have will mean living by faith in a prayerful relationship, trusting Him to resupply what we give away.
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”
– Matthew 19:29
We believe that He is calling us to build up the Body of Christ, which is His family. The family of God is to welcome and enfold warmly all whom He gathers: singles, widows and widowers, married, divorcees, children, youth, parents. This family is to be the source from which we are equipped to serve Jesus Christ in daily living.
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”
– 2 Timothy 2:2
We believe that He is calling us continually to mentor new leaders and to equip them with authority and responsibility. We are called to be a lay ministry church, which focuses on empowering lay people to minister on the front lines in the world. This also involves a specific call to give our very best to people being trained for ministry, that we might release them to bless other churches or missions later.