congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its Presbytery of
Mackinac, First Presbyterian Church welcomes you!! Committed to proclaiming, teaching,
celebrating and living the gospel of Jesus Christ, the First Family of God is a
vibrant and caring group of people who are pleased to have you join us for worship,
or to become part of our church family.
So, just what are Presbyterians
A Presbyterian is:
- A member of the
larger body of Christ including all followers of Jesus (Roman Catholics, Lutherans,
Methodists, Baptists, non-affiliated, etc.)
- Completely reliant
on the grace of God for salvation.
- Baptized once for
the forgiveness of sin and regularly receives the sacrament of our Lord’s
- Claimed by God,
marked with the cross of Christ and sealed with the Holy Spirit.
- A Servant within his/her family, church and
- There is one God
made known in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- God the Father
created and sustains all things.
- In the person of
Jesus the Christ God came into our world in order to bring us salvation.
Through Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection, God has freed us from sin
and guilt, and has brought to us the promise of new life.
- God's Holy Spirit
continues to walk with us in our daily lives, calling us to faith, nurturing us
as we grow in our faith, and renewing us each day.
- The Bible is the
inspired word of God.
- The Bible tells
the story of God's relationship with God's people.
- The Bible is not
a rule book but a "living word" that calls us to radical change.
- All people have
worth and dignity because we are all crated in God's image. Nonetheless, each
of us falls victim to our human weakness and to our sinful nature. We humans
reject God, we choose to follow our own path, and by our own power, we are
unable to find life and salvation.
unconditional love for us gives us freedom to be honest about our doubts, our
fears, and our failures as well as our joys and successes.
- We are accepted
before God not because of anything we do but simply by our trust in God.
- We are saved by
grace through faith (Galatians 2:15-16).
- We experience
God's saving action in Holy Baptism.
- In Baptism we are
also called to be disciples of Jesus, and through the presence of the Holy
Spirit, we are empowered each day in our service and our witness.
- And each day we are being saved through the
work of the Holy Spirit!
What Must a Person Do to Become A Christian?
- Jesus said, "Those who
believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and
believes in me will never die." (John 11:25-26)
What Must a Person Do to Become a
To become a Presbyterian, only
Baptism and some instruction in the Christian faith is required. If you are
already baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, it will be
necessary only to attend a short membership class in a Presbyterian
congregation and thus signify your desire to become a part of its community. Active
members of other Presbyterian congregations usually need only to transfer their
Presbyterians . . .
- are regular, ordinary people, with all the
hurts, pains, and weaknesses shared by all of humanity.
- have been called to faith and to community by
God's Holy Spirit.
- gather around the gifts of God's grace given
to us through the cross and the empty tomb of Jesus.
- go forth to be God's people in the world, to
proclaim in word and deed the grace of God. We know that we have something the
world desperately needs!
- recognize great value in the ministry that
each one of us carries out in our daily life. Not all are called to the
traditional ministry of the church, but all are called to be ministers each and
- continue to struggle with sin, but do so in
the confidence of a loving and gracious God who nurtures us, sometimes
disciplines us, and always welcomes us back!
that in the end our life, our faith, our discipleship and our future are not
our own, but God's to guide, direct, and sustain!