Highland Presbyterian Church is a congregation in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Presbyterian Church is a confessional church. In other words, we write down what we believe in statements of faith that express the faith in particular times and places. These confessions form the foundation of our church constitution, found in the Book of Confessions and the Book of Order.
We believe in the Triune God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Indeed, God created all things and is creating still through the Holy Spirit.
God, through the person of Christ, became fully human while still being completely God. Jesus is God’s way of saying “Yes” to all people and the world which He created. “Now Christ is the visible expression of the invisible God.” (Colossians 1:15)
The salvation Jesus Christ offers is not just something we “get” when we die and “are in Heaven”. The Bible speaks about eternal life in the present tense. It is something we can experience today! Eternal life is not only “resting in the arms of God” in our death, it is also a way of seeing, experiencing, and living life. Life which begins the moment we embrace God through Jesus Christ. A synonym for salvation is “wholeness”. Our journey towards wholeness begins in this life when we embrace Christ as Lord and Savior.
About the Church:
The church is the place where the word of God is proclaimed, where the sacraments of God are given, and where disciples gather and are sent out into the world to love others in Christ’s name. To be a Christian automatically means one is part of the community. There is no such thing as an “isolated Christian”. A Christian without a church is like a tuba player without an orchestra. We believe that the voice of God is better heard, interpreted and understood when it is heard in the community of a church.
About the Sacraments:
The Presbyterian Church has two sacraments: The Lord’s Supper and Baptism. Sacraments are outward signs of God’s grace and love for us. They point away from themselves and direct us to God.
The Lord’s Supper (sometimes called the Eucharist or Communion) is a gift of God to all people who confess their sins, their need for Jesus and who profess Him as Lord and Savior. The focus of the Communion is on the Lord’s Table around which the people of God gather. The bread and the wine symbolize his body broken and his blood shed for our sins. Participation in the meal is our way of remembering the depth of God’s love for us, “in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us and rose for us, and reigns in power for us and with us”. (Romans 5:8) We have in Christ an advocate with God.
Baptism is an outward sign of an inward seal of God’s love. The water of baptism is symbolic of the Holy Spirit and of the cleansing of our sin. Infants are baptized in the Presbyterian family as a part of the covenant community. Infants are born into a believing community. When infants are baptized, parents are asked to commit themselves to raising the child in a Christian home so that one day the baptized child can make their own profession of faith in Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. The congregation also takes a vow to support the parents by providing an extension of the family through the church so the child can grow in the nurture and care of God.
About the Bible:
The Bible is the Word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is the authoritative witness of God which reveals The Word or Jesus Christ to us. The Bible is not only a guide for living through its teaching, it is also the word that points us to the “way and the truth and the life”. A person cannot grow in their faith unless they study the Bible. We encourage Bible Study, devotional, prayer, and involvement in one of our Bible Studies or Sunday School Classes!
About helping others:
We believe we are “blessed to be a blessing” (Genesis 12:1-3)! God has loved us in Christ and desires our devotion and service in return. Giving and serving Christ through the church is a natural response to God’s grace. Giving ourselves away in Christian service is our calling and privilege. Our service in the world through such ministries as our Food Pantry, Operation Engage, Interfaith Hospitality, Thanksgiving Day Meal, Christmas Sponsorships, Mission Trips, Service Projects, and limitless other missions all give us opportunities for service in the name of Christ.
Presbyterians believe that giving to Christ and His church from the first of what we receive is good Stewardship. Our financial offerings are an expression of our commitment to Jesus Christ. It is an affirmation that all we have comes to us as a gift from God. It is a recognition that we come into this world with nothing and will leave with nothing. In fact, all we have and all we are comes from and belongs to God. Our offerings are important expressions of faith. Members of Highland are asked to make a yearly pledge to the church in proportion to their capacity to give.
About Membership in the Church:
We are honored you have made Highland Presbyterian Church a part of your faith journey. We are going to be a stronger church because you are with us, and it is our hope that you will grow in your own faith and discipleship. Jesus calls to us to “come and follow”. Joining the church involves a commitment to Jesus Christ and a commitment to be involved in the life of the church and grow in your own faith. Members can join either by Profession of Faith, Reaffirmation of Faith, or Transfer of Letter from another church. If you are interested in joining Highland, call us, see a staff member, pastor, or session member, and we will guide you along the way!