Three Rivers Presbyterian Church

Our Core Values

 

 

1.       We are committed to the Bible as our only rule for faith and practice.  We believe that all things necessary for salvation are sufficiently revealed to us by the Holy Spirit speaking through the Old and New Testament Scriptures  (2 Tim. 3: 14-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21). It is therefore our ambition to teach the whole counsel of God’s word (Luke 24:25-27; Acts 20:27), neither adding to, nor subtracting from anything contained within its pages (Rev. 22: 18-19).  We recognize no other source for divine revelation, whether by church traditions or by private revelation. 

 

2.       We are committed to God-centered worship.  Because we believe man’s chief end is to glorify God (Ps. 86, Is. 60:21, Rom. 11:26, 1 Cor. 6:20, 31, Rev. 4:11) and enjoy him forever (Ps. 16:5-11, Ps. 144:15, Luke 2:10, Phil. 4:4, Rev. 21:3-4), our worship is centered upon the  three persons of the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and utilizes the historical elements of worship that we find in the Holy Scriptures; praise through the singing of psalms and spiritual songs (Col. 3:16), prayer (1 Tim. 2:1-3), confession of our sins as the corporate body of Christ (Jam. 5:16), the giving of tithes and offerings (Prov. 3:9-10, 1 Cor. 16:2), the reading of the Word of God (Old and New Testaments, 1 Tim. 4:13), the confessing of our faith by way of Christian creeds and catechisms (Rom. 10:10), the expository preaching of the Word (2 Tim 4:1-2), and observing the sacraments of baptism (Matt. 28:19) and the Lord’s table (1 Cor. 11:23-26). 

 

3.       We are committed to exist as a confessional church.  The Bible warns us that the church will be under attack by those who will twist the truth and seek to deceive believers (Acts 20:29-30, 2 Cor. 11:3-4, Gal. 1:6-9, Eph. 5:6, Phil. 3:18-19, 1 Tim. 1:3-7, 1 Tim. 6:3-5).   Our church leaders commit to teach and preach doctrines that are consistent with the Biblical standards set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) and its Larger and Shorter Catechisms.  In this way, members of the local, visible body of Christ are better protected from the threats of false and misleading doctrines that so often infiltrate the Christian church.

 

4.       We are committed to growing the church through Biblical means:  We trust God when he says that the church will grow in size by reaching the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ (Mk. 16:15-16), and it will grow in maturity and spiritual health through the faithful reliance on the Biblical means God provides his people; the preaching, teaching and study of the Word of God (1 Tim. 4:13, 2 Tim. 4:2), the administration of the sacraments (Matt. 28:19, Matt. 26:26-28, 1 Cor. 11:25-26) and a reliance on personal and corporate prayer (1 Tim. 2:1,8). Rather than chasing after each new trend, program, worship style, etc., we ground ourselves individually and corporately in these Biblical instructions from God. 

 

5.       We are committed to changing lives through the Gospel Throughout his epistles, the apostle Paul makes clear that the gospel of Jesus Christ is transformative in the lives of the faith community (Rom. 12:1-2, 2 Cor. 5:14-17, Gal.5:16-26, Eph. 4:1-3, 17-24, Phil. 2:1-2, Col. 3:1-17).  Paul also reveals that transformed lives are evidence of a saving faith.  (Gal. 4:8-11, Eph. 5:5, Phil. 1:27-28, 1 Thess. 4:1-8).  The church plays a key role in the transformation (sanctification) of the children of God (Heb. 10:24-25).  Therefore we are committed to discipleship, Christian fellowship, church discipline and loving support of our brothers and sisters in Christ as we go through our respective faith journeys.

 

6.       We are committed to living as a covenant community.   More than a building where Sunday worship happens, TRPC is a group of believers who are committed to Christ and therefore, committed to one another as members of “the Body of Christ” (1 Cor. 12:12-31).  Adopted by God, we have been made a part of a new family (Rom. 8:15-17), so we strive to live as the family of God with Jesus as our elder brother and we have a high regard for the earthly family.  Therefore, we are committed to fellowship with other church members, regular participation in corporate worship, and to caring for one another’s spiritual and material needs (Acts 2: 42-47).

 

7.       We are committed to a worldwide vision for ministry.  The Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) and the final words of Christ before he ascended (Acts 1:7-8) leave no doubt that the local, visible church has a responsibility to do more than attend to the needs of the members.  Spreading the good news through personal evangelism and witness in the local communities, prayerful and financial support of those who have been called into the mission field, and the encouragement of members who may be sensing a call to missionary endeavors, are all ways in which we can individually and corporately play a part in being faithful to the Great Commission while we look forward to the return of our Lord at the end of the age.

 


Three Rivers Presbyterian Church • Covington, LA • 985.893.0101  © 2017