First Presbyterian Church Of Oregon
The faith we express at First Presbyterian is based on the Truth that is found in the Holy Bible. This is the basis for our teaching, our governing, and our practices on all levels of the church. Our most important beliefs are those we share with other Christians, and especially with other evangelical Christians who look to the Protestant Reformation as a renewal of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Through the Holy Spirit, God empowers us to grow in faith, make more mature decisions, and live more faithful lives. The Spirit gives us the will, as Jesus said, to "be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48) The Holy Spirit gives believers the authority to accurately interpret the Bible, just as the Spirit enabled the original writers of Scripture to tell truthfully about God, Jesus, and everything else we need to know. The Spirit also gives authority to the church to act in God's name for the good of humanity. The Spirit gives every person a sense of "calling" to a special function in the world, in keeping with God's providence and Jesus' summons to "follow him." Among the "fruit of the spirit" identified by the apostle Paul are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)
We believe that Jesus is as alive today as he was on the first Easter morning and that he is present with us today in the Holy Spirit, even though we cannot see him or physically touch him. We call Jesus "Lord" because he has saved us from the power of death and the power of sin and because, through his sacrifice, we are able to know the fullness of God's love for us. We, as Christians, also believe that Jesus will one day return to the earth to complete the task of creating a world where justice, peace, and love rule and evil is no more.
Our church confesses the Scriptures to be the Word of God written, witnessing to God's self-revelation. Where that Word is read and proclaimed, Jesus Christ the Living Word is present by the inward witness of the Holy Spirit. For this reason the reading, hearing, preaching, and confessing of the Word are central to Christian worship.