What we believe
First Presbyterian Church of Nebraska City is a Reformed Protestant congregation affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA, which has more than 2.4 million members, 10,000 congregations, and 14,000 active and ordained ministers. Worldwide, Reformed churches exist in 100 countries and have more than 75 million members.
Presbyterians trace their history to the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. Today, the Presbyterian Church remains true to its early roots while being relevant to today’s world.
Some basic Presbyterian tenets are summed up in the ideas below. As a Reformed congregation, we:
- Affirm the sovereignty of God.
- Believe we are created in God’s image, yet in freedom are prone to sin and rebellion.
- Trust in Jesus Christ as Lord.
- Find identity and nourishment in the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
- Place a high priority on the Holy Bible as God’s word.
- Place a high priority on the life of the mind, stressing both order and ardor.
- Are mission-minded, after the example of Jesus Christ, and feel called to be good stewards of God’s resources.
- Celebrate and affirm community.
- Are ecumenical, reaching out to other Christian faith traditions as a way of better knowing and honoring God.
- Are a connectional church that practices shared leadership.
- Are a church reformed, always reforming.
To learn more about the Presbyterian Church USA and its beliefs, we invite you to visit their official website.
A bit about our church
The official vision statement for First Presbyterian Church is "Planting Seeds of God’s Light". Diving further, we have set the following goal for ourselves as a community:
Striving to reflect the light of Christ, we seek to plant new seeds envisioning a harvest of God’s fruits of faith, hope, and love. Our passionate, loving, and faithful members reach out, nurturing an environment recognizing everyone’s God-given gifts and skills. We create an atmosphere of trust by valuing diversity and openness, accepting and welcoming all as beloved children of God. Illuminated by the Holy Spirit, we serve by providing for the needs of those outside our walls, supporting and ministering to those within our walls, and taking action exhibiting the kingdom of God together with our neighbors.
So what does this really mean? It means that our church believes in Jesus Christ and his teachings. We believe in loving our neighbor as we love ourselves, and we welcome any and all to experience Christ with us. Whether you come from a faith background, or are just getting dipping your toe into the living waters -- all are truly welcome here.