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OUR CHURCH

 

Circleville Evangelical Presbyterian Church is a family-oriented congregation which upholds a traditional, Reformed view of Biblical authority and doctrine.  

Our Mission is threefold:

To provide an environment where the Spirit may work to move us from the social to the relational with both God and one another.

To challenge the people of God to a deeper understanding of Scripture, to be servants of the church and one another, and to challenge one another as iron sharpens iron.

To show Christian love to each other and the community in a way which reaches both one's own felt needs and the real need of a relationship with Christ.

 

We invite you to explore here to learn more about us and hopefully join us in person for worship or one of our many church events. 

Phone: (845) 361-2381

E-mail:

    Church Office (circlevillechurch890@gmail.com

    

Mailing Address:                           Physical Address:

P.O. Box 141                                890 Goshen Turnpike

Circleville, NY 10919                       Circleville, NY 10919

WHO ARE WE

          As a church, Circleville has existed since 1841 seeking to make an impact for the Kingdom of God.  Over the years, the congregation has been active to follow in the footsteps of the Savior, to make a difference in peoples lives, and to proclaim the truth of the Gospel to all those who need to hear of God's love and grace. 

         In 2002, the church became a part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

WHAT WE BELIEVE 

     Some of the most challenging questions we as people seek to answer are those relating to why we are here and what we are to do with our lives.  We at Circleville EPC believe that it is God who made us, God who defines us, and God who gives us purpose.  As the first three questions of the Westminster Shorter Catechism affirm:

     WSC Q. 1. What is the chief end of man? 
      A. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. 
     

     WSC Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may

            glorify and enjoy him? 
      A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old

            and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may

            glorify and enjoy him. 
      

     WSC Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach? 
      A. The Scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe

            concerning God, and what duty God requires of man. 

   

     Holy Scripture is the final and only authoritative guide.  However, we believe that other confessional statements assist us in understanding and upholding the Truth of Scripture.  To this end, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church upholds the Westminster Confession of Faith and has developed The Essentials of the Faith. The "Essentials of Our Faith" is a conciliatory statement of historic evangelicalism. The purpose of the "Essentials of Our Faith" is to define core beliefs of the Christian Faith. It expresses historic Christian teaching common to all true believers and churches throughout the world.  The Session of Circleville EPC affirms and has adopted "The Essentials of Our Faith" as just such a concise statement of Christian belief. 

 

THE ESSENTIALS OF OUR FAITH

All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God's redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these Essentials:

  1. 1.  We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!

  2. 2.  Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.

  3. 3.  The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.

  4. 4.  Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God's free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.

  5. 5.  The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.

  6. 6.  Jesus Christ will come again to the earth—personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20).

  7. 7.  The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us." He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).

 

These Essentials are set forth in greater detail in the Westminster Confession of Faith. 

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