What We Believe

DISCIPLESHIP DEFINES  US

Most people think the church is somewhere you go versus something we are.  As followers of Jesus we are meant to be the Church wherever we live and move and have our being.

Our core values direct us to love the Lord, our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength:  worship and prayer engages our soul; Bible study and theology engages our mind; fellowship and lifestyle engages our heart; and evangelism and service engages our strength.  Then ~ followers are able to love our neighbors as ourselves.

We offer a variety of ways for you to grow in your faith.  Whether you desire to pray, want to learn from a mentor, interact in a Bible study, attend a course on spiritual gifts or engage in service – there is a place for you here.

Coming to church for the first time can feel intimidating, particularly for those of us who are not completely extroverted.  What will it be like?  Will I connect with people, or will the experience feel shallow?  Will I feel at home?  And most importantly, will I sense this is a place where I can find God?

At the First Presbyterian Church of Bay Minette, we want you to know that every one of us has also had a “first Sunday” experience, and we really want yours to be as warm, friendly, and inviting as possible.  We will do our best to make you feel welcome!  Go ahead, grab someone’s arm and say, “I’m new here”.  We look forward to meeting you.

We are here because of Jesus Christ.  God's grace, mercy, and transformation of people's lives is the focus of all we do.  We think our church is a wonderful place, but we do not believe we “have it all together.” We are continually making our best effort to reach out, make you feel welcome, and to help you feel that God is present in this place.  Come and join us on the path of faith together; the more of us on this journey, the better it will be!

WHAT WE BELIEVE 

While it is true that we represent an extraordinary diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and viewpoints, we remain united by Jesus Christ, whom we confess to be the Savior and Redeemer of all creation.  Heeding His compassionate ministry to a world filled with despair, sadness, grief, conflicts, and fear, we strive to witness to the love of God in all that we do and say.

Because we confess that we have received the grace and the peace of God through Jesus Christ, we joyfully commit ourselves to the ministries of mission, outreach, and fellowship.  Even as we encourage and support one another, we turn our attention to our neighbors in this community and beyond, knowing by faith that God has granted us all we need to serve them faithfully.  Lest we forget, Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves!

We offer a variety of ways for you to grow in your faith.  Whether you desire to pray, want to learn from a mentor, interact in a Bible study, attend a course on spiritual gifts or engage in service – there is a place for you here.

Coming to church for the first time can feel intimidating, particularly for those of us who are not completely extroverted.  What will it be like?  Will I connect with people, or will the experience feel shallow?  Will I feel at home?  And most importantly, will I sense this is a place where I can find God?

Because we confess that we have received knowledge of God as revealed in the Bible, and, more particularly, Jesus Christ and His Church, we commit ourselves to the education and nurture of disciples of all ages–including young people and children.  As we learn more about God’s will and purposes for our lives, we understand what it means to be fully human in an imperfect world.  Lest we forget, Jesus instructed us to love God with all of our minds!

Because we confess that we receive wisdom and strength through the worship of God, we commit ourselves to the weekly stewardship of communal prayer, the reading and hearing of the Scriptures, the preaching of the Word, and the offering of liturgy–including the sacred music that witnesses to the glory and majesty of Almighty God.  Lest we forget, Jesus instructed us to love and adore God with all our hearts!

In all that we do as a community called by God to ministry, we witnessto the generous grace, the everlasting peace, and the eternal love of God, andcelebrate the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.