New California Presbyterian Church

 

Mission Statement The Mission of the New California Presbyterian church is to be a family of God and to share the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ, affirming our faith and enhancing it with knowledge through worship, Christian education, fellowship, and the expression of God’s love to ALL in all conditions of life. 


Vision Statement The Vision of the New California Presbyterian Church is to create stronger, active disciples of Jesus Christ, staying true to Reformed Theology and always being open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.


What We Believe:  At the New California Presbyterian Church we embrace the Reformed Theology, i.e. the Sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by Grace through faith and the Priesthood of all Believers. We believe that the message of the Bible, both Old Testament and New Testament, completely acknowledges the Good News of Jesus Christ which is:

1.  God Loves us;

2.  Our sin destroys our relationship with God,

3.  Jesus Christ redeems us to the right relationship with God, and

4.  The Holy Spirit transforms us on a daily basis to be more like Christ.

Our redemption through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ is God's generous gift to us and our Salvation is not the result of our own accomplishments. Our church is led at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike. We believe that as God’s children, it is up to all of us to share the Good News with the whole world.


Our Foundation

1. Sovereignty of God (God’s authority)

     a.  Psalms 103:19 (CEB) 19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

     b.  1 Chronicles 29:11 (CEB) 11 To you, LORD, belong greatness and power, honor, splendor, and majesty, because everything in heaven and on earth belongs to you. Yours, LORD, is the kingship, and you are honored as head of all.

     c.  Acts 17:24-26 (CEB) 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, is Lord of heaven and earth. He doesn’t live in temples made with human hands. 25 Nor is God served by human hands, as though he needed something, since he is the one who gives life, breath, and everything else. 26 From one person God created every human nation to live on the whole earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands.


2. Authority of scripture

     a.  2 Timothy 3:16,17 (CEB) 16 Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character, 17 so that the person who belongs to God can be equipped to do everything that is good.


Tenets of the scripture that we believe are important to New Cally include:

i.   Interpretation of the Trinity –God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

     a.  Matthew 28: 19 (CEB) 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

     b.  John 1:1 (CEB) - In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  

     c.  1 John 5:7-8 (NKJV) - 7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. 

ii.  Marriage is a sacrament between a man and a woman

     a.  Matthew 19:4-6 (CEB) 4 “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’* 5 And he said, ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’* 6 Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”


3.  Justification of grace by faith

     a.  Romans 8:28-30 (Living Bible) 28 And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans. 29 For from the very beginning God decided that those who came to him—and all along he knew who would—should become like his Son, so that his Son would be the First, with many brothers. 30 And having chosen us, he called us to come to him; and when we came, he declared us “not guilty,” filled us with Christ’s goodness, gave us right standing with himself, and promised us his glory.


4.  Priesthood of all Believers

     a.  1 Peter 2:9-10 (CEB) 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light. 10 Once you weren’t a people, but now you are God’s people. Once you hadn’t received mercy, but now you have received mercy.


5.  God loves us

     a.  John 3:16-17 (CEB) 16 God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. 17 God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him.


6.  Our sin destroys our relationship with God

     a.  Romans 3: 10-12 (CEB) 10 As it is Written, There is no righteous person, not even one. 11 There is no one who understands. There is no one who looks for God. 12 They all turned away. They have become worthless together. There is no one who shows kindness. There is not even one.

     b.  Romans 5:12 (CEB) 12 So, in the same way that sin entered the world through one person, and death came through sin, so death spread to all human beings with the result that all sinned.

     c.  Romans 6:23 (CEB) 23 The wages that sin pays are death, but God’s gift is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


7.  Jesus Christ redeems us to a right relationship with God through His death

     a.  Ephesians 2:13,18 (CEB) 13 But now, thanks to Christ Jesus, you who once were so far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 18 We both have access to the Father through Christ by the one Spirit.


8.  The Holy Spirit transforms us on a daily basis

     a. Galatians 5:25-26 (CEB) 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

     b.  Proverbs 3:6 (The Message) Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.


9.  Salvation is ours through Grace not Works

     a.  Ephesians 2:8-10 (CEB) 8 You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith.[a] This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. 9 It’s not something you did that you can be proud of. 10 Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.


10.  It is up to us to share the Good News

     a.  Acts 1:8 (CEB) 8 Rather, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

     b.  Matthew 28: 19 (CEB) 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

     c.  Mark 13:10 (CEB) 10 First, the good news must be proclaimed to all the nations.


11. The ministry of Jesus Christ is the shared responsibility of both men and women alike.

     a.  Joel 2:28-29 (The Voice) 28 Then in those days I will pour My Spirit to all humanity; your children will boldly and prophetically speak the word of God. Your elders will dream dreams; your young warriors will see visions. 29 No one will be left out. In those days I will offer My spirit to all servants, both male and female.