Our Beliefs

Mission Statement


Christ has gathered His people for a mission and given them the means to accomplish it.
The church's mission is to gather all who will place their faith in Christ as their Savior and nurture them so that they grow in His grace.
  • We gather, because Christ has called us by His Word and Spirit. The church exists because Christ speaks in His Word. The Bible is the only authority for Christian faith. It is the only authority for Christian living, both as a community and as individuals.
  • We gather, by grace received through faith. Sinners are reconciled to God by faith that rests and receives the blessings of Christ's life, death, and resurrection. Such faith actively lives, freed from sin and death, the godless world, and Satan's schemes. From the first to last salvation and growth in Christ is by grace through faith.
  • We gather, desiring to give Christ our hearts and lives. We seek to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice of worship to God (Romans 12:1-2) in this earthly life, as we look forward to life-eternal with God.
  • The means Christ gave the church to accomplish His purposes are His Word (The Bible) and Sacraments (Baptism and the Lord's Supper) and Prayer. These are spiritually powerful because the Spirit of the Resurrected Christ works through His people as they minister with these spiritual 'weapons'.
Jesus prayed,
"I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world." John 17:15-18
God gathers the church and sends her back into the world; spiritually alive by His grace. Jesus saves sinners and sanctifies them for a holy purpose in the midst of a sinful and dying world. Worship and mission are gifts of grace as well as holy responsibilities. Our mission is to gratefully receive and then faithfully labor to enjoy all the graces and responsibilities of serving Christ.

What We Believe

We believe that the Bible is God's Word, the authoritative standard for faith and life. Therefore, we seek to derive our DOCTRINE, GOVERNMENT, and WORSHIP from the truths the Bible reveals and the instruction it alone provides.


The Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter catechisms (series of questions and answers on Biblical subjects) are a consensus expression of what we believe the Bible teaches. Church officers adopt this creed as a summary of their belief by a vow. Individual members do not take such a vow, though we encourage all to use these documents to deepen their understanding of Biblical Christianity. In short, we believe that God is Trinity, one God in three persons. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are living and eternal God. Each person is equal in power and glory, wholly God.

  • We believe the Bible is God's Word, written by human authors, equipped ('inspired') by the Holy Spirit. Being God's very words, the authors' original products were without error. Therefore, the Bible is infallible. It is the sole authority for faith and life.
  • We believe that all humans are sinners, totally unable to save themselves or to earn God's favor. Sinful humanity's only hope is God's free and all-powerful grace.
  • We believe that God saves sinners. The Father elects, Christ redeems, and the Holy Spirit applies redemptive grace to sinners.
  • We believe that Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He became man, lived, obeyed God's Law, and died under God's curse on the cross, because of the guilt of those He came to redeem, which he carried as if it were his own (imputation).
  • We believe that the Father raised His righteous Son from death to glory and gave Him authority over heaven and earth. Thus, Jesus is the Redeemer, the Prophet, Priest and King over God's kingdom, the only mediator between God and man.
  • We believe Christ gives His Holy Spirit to all Christians. The Holy Spirit empowers Christians to walk by faith in this earthy-life. Thus, Christians grow in holiness even while struggling against their sin, the world, and the devil.
  • We believe in the future return of Jesus Christ to judge all humanity and to establish His glory over a new creation. His personal, visible, and bodily return will consummate salvation and God's glory.
There are 3 "marks" of the Biblical church: the ministry of God's Word, the ministry of the sacraments (Baptism and the Lord's Supper), and the ministry of church discipline (the spiritual oversight/shepherding of God's people by church leaders). These 3 "marks" are visible graces established and maintained by Christ.
The Biblical form of church government is called "Presbyterian" (see Acts 20:17, Titus 1.5-7, 1 and 2 Timothy) The basic principles of Presbyterianism are:
  1. A group* of congregationally recognized and called leadersW governs the local church. Each elder has an equal voice in the spiritual leadership of the local church.
  2. The unity of Christ's people must be visibly displayed. Therefore, local congregations gather to form a regional church-body, for the purpose of spiritual accountability and cooperative ministry.
  3. The individual churches submit to the leadership of the regional governing bodyU, which consists of all the pastors and representative elders from each local church.
All spiritual authority in and through the church belongs to Christ the King. Church officers and courts are representative ministers of Christ. Therefore, where Christ has not revealed His will the church has no right to meddle. However, Christ has entrusted spiritual authority to the church in matters of faith and life as it proclaims His living Word. Therefore, the church is essential for the glory of Christ and for healthy growing Christians.
     * This governing body is called a "session"
     W These leaders are called "elders"
     U The regional church court is called a "presbytery"

Statement of Purpose

We Southwest Presbyterian Church is a congregation of the one, true and universal Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. We exist to glorify, serve and enjoy God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are thoroughly committed to the Bible as the inerrant Word of God and the Reformed Faith as it is set forth in the Westminster Standards as the best understanding of what the Bible teaches.

Our purpose is to glorify God through:
  • preaching and teaching His Word
  • offering of prayer
  • propagating and defending of the faith
  • administering of the ordinances, and
  • practicing of good works and true Christian stewardship
   July 2019   
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