Columbia Presbyterian Church: encouraging you to encounter God, to enter into a life changing relationship with Jesus, and to allow the Holy Spirit to show you your place in God’s work.
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“Our mission is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in word, life, and deed to the lost in Clark County. A big part of that proclamation is loving each other well as a church, but the goal of that love is so that the world will know we are Christ’s disciples. ‘By THIS will all people know that you are my disciples — as you love each other…’ We also have a vision for the larger world, but our mission begins here.”
–Pastor Fitz Neal (from his sermon on April 15, 2012)
Here at Columbia we are passionate about some core values that direct and guide us as a community of believers. We have 6 core values:
Worship – We are passionate about Worship – worship is when we gather as a community of believers to center our life upon the triune God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Worship is also something we do privately in our day-to-day lives. It involves listening to God through the Word and responding to God in prayer.
Prayer– We are passionate about Prayer – Columbia is a praying community. We embed prayer in everything we do – not prayer as a polite ritual for opening meetings and getting everyone focused, but prayer that seeks after the heart of God and intercedes for the needs of the world around us. We believe that prayer is where God has called us into partnership with himself to change our world.
Spiritual Growth – We are passionate about Spiritual Growth – you are made to grow to spiritual maturity in Jesus Christ. When we give ourselves to faith in God through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in us and that Spirit is the Spirit of transformation and growth. We provide opportunities for children, youth and adults to grow throughout every age and stage of life.
Sharing Christ – We are passionate about Taking Christ to others – God loves the whole, wide world and everybody in it. We want to take Christ to the world around us, rather than asking the world to come to us. Plus, what we share with the world is Christ, not religion.
Communitas– We are passionate about relationships. The word “communitas” describes a shared experience of God’s presence with a group of people. We believe that the relationships we nurture through Columbia Church are the most important aspect of our common life.
Equipping– We are passionate about being equipped for service. God doesn’t call the equipped. God equips the called. We are all called to serve God in our spheres of influence. But few of us can do that without exploring how God has made us, what our gifts are, and how to use them. We believe in helping every believer find their fit in life and then help them pursue their God-given call.
1. Presbyterians as Christians (Shared beliefs with other Christians)
A. The Mystery of a triune God: We share with Protestants, Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. One God who Scripture shows is creator, reconciler, and sustainer.
B. The incarnation of the eternal Word of God in Jesus Christ: That we are not alone, “Emmanuel, God with us.” Jesus Christ is begotten of God and is our only source of reconciliation back to God.
2. Presbyterians as Protestants (Shared beliefs with other Protestants)
A. Justification by Grace through Faith: We have not fulfilled God’s law of loving God with all our heart, mind and soul, and neighbor as ourselves. So we are not justified in and of ourselves to approach God. We are not righteous. But God’s love in Jesus Christ saves us and draws us back to God.
B. Authority of Scripture: Lies at the center of Christian faith. The lens through which we know God, who we are and how we must live. Points to the truth.
3. Presbyterians as Reformed (Beliefs emphasized for Reformed Presbyterians)
A. God’s Sovereignty: God and God alone is the only source and power of all that exists.
B. Election of God’s People for Service and Salvation: One important characteristic of our heritage is that the law comes after our grace, which is a way we show our gratitude for the grace given to us. (Whereas, by contrast, Lutherans would see the law as pointing to our sin and coming before our grace.)
C. God’s Covenant with Chosen People: God called ordinary people and entrusted them to follow God’s guidance in spreading God’s love and living holy lives. “I will be your God, you will be my people.” And, “I will be with you till the end of the age.” We are all chosen.
D. Faithful Stewardship of Creation: Responsibility on us to care for each other as well as creation.
E. Recognizing Human Tendency Toward Idolatry and Tyranny, Which is Sin: Everyone believes in something, it just may be wrong because sin and evil have clouded our judgments and attempted to mask the truth of who God is.
F. That God’s People Work Toward the Transformation of Society by Seeking Justice and Living in Obedience to the Word of God: Our task is not to be successful in bringing in the Kingdom of God, but to be obedient in trying.
Our purpose: “Columbia Presbyterian Church: encouraging you to encounter God, to enter into a life-changing relationship with Jesus, and to allow the Holy Spirit to show you your place in God’s work.”
Once a quarter the pastors host an afternoon or evening “Journey” class. It is a great time of fellowship, meeting new people, and learning more about our church. During the class the pastors talk about what it means to be a Christian, what it means to be a disciple of Christ, and share different ways to connect at CPC. In addition, more information about becoming a member at CPC is shared at this class for those who are interested. We encourage anyone who has attended CPC at least three times to consider signing up for the next class.
Speaking with a Pastor
Sometimes when finding a new church home, talking to a pastor helps us better understand if this is the best fit for our family. Our pastors love to take the time to get to know you better and answer any questions you may have about CPC. If you would like to get in touch with either Pastor Fitz, Pastor Matt or Pastor Scott, please fill out the CONTACT US page, and they will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
Becoming a Volunteer
For some of us, we’ve found that “sweet spot” for doing God’s work and know right where we want to plug in. From music to youth ministry, missions or working with kids, cooking to teaching, visitation to administration…we want to be doing it all for the glory of God! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or want more information about a particular area, let us know through our CONTACT US form and we’ll have that particular ministry area leader get in touch with you!