What we believe at First Presbyterian…
We need different voices and viewpoints in order to grow as followers of Jesus Christ
The Bible is a link to the past and moves us forward with faith; we find our story within God’s story
God also works and inspires us within our culture through science and the arts
Critical thinking is important because we were created with intelligence in the image of God
by growing in our relationship with God through worship, learning, and service we become who God created us to be
God calls us to change the world, to make it a better place
Presbyterian describes the way our church functions. Members elect women and men to serve as elders on Session – the church’s ruling body. Power is in the hands of the people. Our name comes from the biblical Greek word for elder, presbuteros. We connect with other Presbyterian churches through similar power.
Affirming unity with all God’s people, we trace our heritage through the Reformation in 16th century Europe, specifically Scotland. The earliest immigrants from Europe brought those principles and practices to our country.
Presbyterians have influenced much of our nation’s history, including the American Revolution itself, the Civil War and Civil Rights. From the earliest reformers, through the contemporary church, Presbyterians have upheld freedom and responsibility:
to relate directly with God, while living in relationship with others;
to educate all people, to study and respond to the Bible, science, art and all forms of knowledge;
to set one’s conscience against demands of religious or cultural institutions, as we pursue God’s purposes in our world.
The link above can answer the questions about
What do we believe…
About The Bible
About Being Inclusive
About the spiritual life of the church and the disciplines and practices that we use to mature and shape us in our faith.
Christian education is important in the Presbyterian tradition and at First Presbyterian Church, Marshall. There are many facets to our Christian education program which support the spiritual life of our diverse congregation. We seek to offer traditional classroom experiences along with youth group and family-oriented opportunities as well as integrating education into our worship life and fellowship activities.