Our Beliefs & Values
At First Presbyterian Church of Golden, we are committed to be the kind of church that is described in the Bible where we experience God directly through heart-felt worship, honest friendships, prayer, and compassionate care for those in need. It is our purpose to experience and share the love of God, one person at a time.
So whether you are a spiritual person who is curious about growing in your friendship with God through Jesus Christ, or a committed Christian eager to sink the roots of your faith even deeper and use your gifts and talents to share God’s love, you can find a community of like-minded friends here.
You’ll find that this is a church where you really matter, because that is how God feels about you.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. God has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22: Psalm 90:2: Matthew 28:19: 1 Peter 1:2: 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We are all made in the spiritual image of God, to be like God in character. While we thus have great potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of rebellion against God called “sin.” This attitude separates us from God. (Genesis 1:27: Psalm 8:3-6: Isaiah 53:6, 59:1,2: Romans 3:23)
“If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.” (1 John 4:15) Jesus is the Son of God, co-equal with God the Father and with the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived in a sinless life and died on the cross to clear away the death in our of our souls produced by sin (Romans 3:24). Because of Jesus, we have a new beginning and new life with God. (Matthew 1:22, 23: John 1:1-5; 14:10-30: 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4: Hebrews 4:14, 15: 1 Timothy 6:14, 15: Isaiah 9:6: Acts 1:9-11: Romans 1:3, 4: Titus 2:12)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with God the Father and Jesus Christ. The Spirit is present in the world to direct our attention to the life that God offers us through Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit of God lives in every Christian from the moment s/he accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Spirit provides understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance for holy living. The Christian seeks to live under the influence and control of the Holy Spirit daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17: Acts 1:8: Ephesians 1:13; 5:1: John 14:16, 17; 16:7-13: 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16: Galatians 5:25)
Salvation from separation from God is a gift Jesus brings to us. We can never make up for our sin through a program of self-improvement or good deeds. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin and eternal separation from God. Life lived in the Kingdom of the Heavens begins the moment we received Jesus Christ as our Savior and being to live by faith in Him as Lord. (Romans 6:23: John 1:12, 14:16: Galatians 3:26: Ephesians 2:8, 9: Titus 3:5: Romans 5:1)
God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ. We will live forever in the glory of God’s heaven. This security is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. As we learn to live as Jesus lived and do what Jesus did, we experience that inner transformation of spirit which prepares us for our future with God in paradise. (John 10:29: Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14: 1 Peter 1:3-5: 1 Timothy 1:12)
The Bible is a record of God’s activity among us. It is God’s word recorded and written down by human authors. “It is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the person of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
At First Presbyterian Church, we commit ourselves, individually and corporately, to these values to guide how we will act as we pursue God’s vision and mission for our congregation.
In our worship we…
- Glorify and adore God at the center of our lives.
- Expect Jesus to be present in our worship and acknowledge his desire to communicate with each person.
- Profess our need for God’s gracious forgiveness and healing of our spiritual brokenness.
- Listen intently for God’s personal word and direction.
- Express our gratitude to God through praise and generosity.
- Embrace a warm, informal style that is welcoming to seekers and visitors.
In our spiritual formation we…
- Trust the Scriptures to be the Word of God and the unique, authoritative witness to Jesus Christ.
- Pursue a deepening, life-long intimacy with the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—that strengthens our ability to easily and naturally do what Jesus would do.
- Practice the spiritual disciplines that Jesus embraced such as prayer, silence and solitude, study of Scripture, confession, mutual accountability, celebration and forgiveness.
- Study together to explore the meaning and practice of God’s word, welcoming questions and soliciting observations from diverse perspectives.
In our community we…
- Rely on Jesus as the head of our intergenerational church family.
- Trust the leadership of our gifted and respected staff and elected elders.
- Nurture an accepting, joyful environment that radiates personal and corporate health and accountability.
- Make decisions through corporate discernment.
- Identify and develop the spiritual gifts and call of every person.
- Provide a place in which every person is encouraged to pursue emotional, physical and spiritual healing.
In our stewardship we…
- Acknowledge that all we have comes to us from God.
Embrace sacrificial giving as a way of life.
- Discern prayerfully God’s priorities and guidance in all that we undertake.
- Empower passion-based ministries consistent with our core values.
- Develop and maintain our buildings and grounds as a holy space pleasing to God that provides a welcoming environment for all seekers and followers of Christ.
In our service we…
- Love others intentionally through acts of kindness and service as a result of God’s overflowing love in our own lives.
- Forge strong spiritual alliances with other Christian organizations to further God’s kingdom work both locally and globally.