Kempsville Presbyterian Church

Beliefs & Values

What do we Believe?

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 sixty-six 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 additional Essentials of our faith: 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!

1 – Jesus Christ, the living Word, become 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.

2 – 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.

3 – 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.

4 – 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.

5 – 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.” (Rev. 22:20)

6 – 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.” (Eph. 2:10) These Essentials are set forth in greater detail in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

KPC is part of the larger family of churches known as the Evangelical Presbyterian Church or EPC.

Our Mission, Vision and Core Values

Our Mission
KPC’s purpose is to deeply experience the love and presence of God in worship and grow as faithful witnesses to Jesus Christ to serve a world hungry for his truth and love.

Our Vision
Be a community where passion for God cultivates compassion for people

Our Core Values (Strategic Alignment)
To operate fully in our mission, we align and organize KPC activities into the following core streams:

  • 1
    Prayer (experience)
  • 2
    Worship (experience)
  • 3
    Discipleship (grow)
  • 4
    Fellowship (grow)
  • 5
    Ministry (grow)
  • 6
    Outreach (serve)
    Making contact and building relationship with people
  • 7
    Evangelism (serve)
    Proclaiming Christ to those who do not yet know him through Word and deed

Our Mission, Vision and Values in action

Prayer

Prayer is communication between man and God, a two-way relationship in which we talk to God and listen to Him. God invites us to pray to him throughout his word, “He shall call upon me and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him” (Psalm 91:15); “And it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24); “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). We are also told to pray for one another, our community and our world in season & out of season.

Worship

Webster’s dictionary 1828 definition…Worship is to honor God with extravagant love and extreme submission. This is our aim not only on Sunday morning for ninety minutes but with our whole lives seven days a week. We affirm that Worship takes place in a formal time each week in our main service(s) through sacraments, preaching, financial giving, teaching and praise. It also occurs throughout the week as we pray, respond in obedience to the Word of God, service and reach out to our neighbors with the Gospel.

Discipleship

At the heart of Christian discipleship a life of learning, reshaping and becoming more like Christ as we learn and live out the Word of God. As we base our life on the teachings of Christ we are transformed from the inside out and exhibit the fruit of the Holy Spirit and learn to follow his leading in life. We enter more fully into the Greatest Command which is to love God with all that we are and love everyone around us. We also become participants in the Great Commission which is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in both word and deed.

Fellowship

Christianity has never been a solo act. Acts 2:42 tells us that the first church devoted themselves to fellowship... Words used to capture the essence of fellowship are: Community, family, communion, together. God made us not only for himself but for one another. Therefore we need each other in and for Christian life and faith.

Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us to motivate one another to acts of love and good works and to not neglect meeting together, to encourage one another. We seek to be a spiritual family that gathers without the pressure to pretend, perform or wear religious masks.

Ministry

Ministry means to serve both God and one another. It is the natural result of the love of God that it results in acts of kindness, care, sharing of resources and energy. It involves doing “for” and “with” people. Ministry begins among one another and is also meant to extend to the world we live in. It involves prayer, teaching, giving, serving, helping in many ways and at all times. Ministry is a vital component to discipleship, outreach and evangelism.

Outreach

We define outreach as making meaningful contact with and building relationships with those who do not yet know Christ. Jesus said in Mt 22:37-40 “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ~ We are committed to reaching out to the lost through friendship, service and prayer.

Evangelism

Jesus gave us The Great Commission in <г>Matthew 28:19-20, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” ~ This is our mission and mandate. We seek to organize KPC around this commission in every conceivable way. We also recognize that we not only have a mission from God, we are the mission of God!

Reformed Theology

KPC affirms reformed theology without reservation. The distinctives of reformed theology are as follows:

  • 1) We affirm the great "Solas" of the Reformation.
    • Sola Fide, by faith alone.
    • Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone.
    • Solus Christus, through Christ alone.
    • Sola Gratia, by grace alone.
    • Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone.
  • 2) We affirm the sovereignty of God…that all things are under God's rule and control, and that nothing happens without His direction or permission. God works not just some things but all things according to the counsel of His own will
  • 3) We affirm the doctrines of grace and that God is the author of salvation from beginning to end.
  • 4) We affirm the great creeds of the historic, orthodox church.
  • 5) We affirm the Westminster Confession
  • 6) We affirm the great covenants of Scripture and see these covenants as the means by which God interacts with and accomplishes His purposes in His creation, with mankind.
  • 7) We affirm the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20 and the primacy of proclaiming the good news in word and deed.
  • 8) We affirm the importance of cultivating a distinctly Christian worldview that permeates all of life.

We are Charismatic

We affirm that the Holy Spirit was given to the church to empower us to proclaim Jesus Christ to the lost in our world today (Acts 1:8). We believe worship involves both reverence and passion for God. We affirm the necessity of the fruit of the Holy Spirit for character and credibility and the power of the Spirit for proclamation and ministry in its various forms both inside and outside of the church. We also affirm the primacy of the Word of God as our blueprint for worship and ministry.