We seek to be a thriving multi-generational community of passionate worshippers who hold fast to the authority of scripture, love God and His church, and strive to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called as we exalt Christ in all that we say and do.
Our mission is to fulfill the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20 by boldly proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ to every man, woman, and child, baptizing them in the name of the Triune Godhead, and teaching them to obey the commandments of Jesus Christ, so that they may experience the life changing power of the resurrection and walk in newness of life.
We are proud to be members of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. This denomination was created in 1980-81 through the prayers of Pastors and Elders who sought to form a church that was committed to the authority of scripture and the historical confessions of the church (Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms), remained true to its distinctly Reformed heritage, and that would exemplify a strong evangelical zeal for the gospel.
As an evangelical denomination, we take seriously our responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission. There are several ways we seek to accomplish this.
First, we are extremely active in our church planting efforts. As of January 2019, the EPC has more than 40 active church plants across the country. That makes up about 7% of our total number of churches in the denomination. We encourage our congregations to cultivate a church planting culture and to get involved any way they can.
Second, we are passionate about sending missionaries all over the world. Particularly, we are focused on starting disciple-making movements among least-reached people groups, especially among Muslims. We currently have EPC global workers serving in 5 regions around the world.
Third, we are committed to church revitalization efforts. It’s no secret that many churches today are struggling, whether that be numerically or financially. The EPC places a great deal of emphasis on church revitalization that is designed to help congregations develop missional pastors and leaders. It is our heart see these churches be transformed by the life-giving power of the gospel into thriving healthy churches once again.
As a denomination, we remain committed to the unity of the Christian faith held among our fellow churches. Rather than arguing or quarrelling over certain issues, we commit ourselves to loving and serving one another in the name of Christ. To help facilitate this, we have developed a document called “The Essentials of our Faith” which outlines the absolutes and non-absolutes of our faith. This allows us to maintain unity on the essential issues, while showing liberty over non-essentials.
WE ARE PROTESTANT
The word “Protestant” comes from a Latin word which means to bear witness or testify. In the 16th century, a monk by the name of Martin Luther began to “protest” against the errors of the Roman Catholic Church. It would become known around the world as the Protestant Reformation. Thus, to be Protestant means to adhere to the theological views that emerged out of this movement. Coming out of the Reformation were the “5 Solas” which we still embrace today.
Sola Scriptura (scripture alone) – Scripture alone is the highest authority for the church, not any ecclesiastical traditions or human opinions.
Sola Fide (faith alone) – We are saved only by faith in Jesus Christ, not by any good works.
Sola Gratia (grace alone) – We are saved only by God’s grace, not by any human achievement.
Solus Christo (Christ alone) – We are saved only by the mediatorial work of Christ and his substitutionary atonement.
Soli Deo Gloria (to the glory of God alone) – We live our entire lives for the glory of God alone.
WE ARE CONFESSIONAL
Every church has a list of things that they believe, but not all of them write them down. To be a confessional church means that we hold to a formal (codified) doctrinal statement of faith. Many of the churches growing out of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century began adopting Confessions of Faith in order to provide a definition of their main theological and doctrinal points. At GPC, we hold to the standard known as the Westminster Confession of Faith. We believe that this document provides a clear summary of what the bible teaches about everything from the authority of God’s word to the final judgement. The Bible alone, being fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority upon all matters in which it speaks. Therefore, though this document provides a summary of what we believe the Bible teaches, it remains subordinate to Scripture.
WE ARE CALVINISTIC
Calvinism (Reformed Theology) is a system of doctrine that was developed by the Protestant Reformer John Calvin (1509-1564). Though Calvin systematized and defended the doctrine, it did not originate with him. As Charles Spurgeon said, “It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel and nothing else.” This doctrinal system emphasizes a high view of scripture and the absolute sovereignty of God over His creation and the plan of redemption. Calvinism is best known by the acronym, (T.U.L.I.P.) which is defined in detail in the Westminster Confession.
Total Depravity (also known as Radical Depravity, Total Inability, and Original Sin)
Limited Atonement (also known as Particular Redemption)
Perseverance of the Saints