To know Jesus Christ, to serve him in joyful obedience, and to make Him known by growing disciples, planting churches, and renewing communities.
To love Jesus and love all peoples in joyful community so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings salvation, reconciliation, justice, and mercy to Kirkwood, St. Louis, and beyond.
- The vision of Greentree Community Church has both a collective and personal application for those who call Greentree their church home. Collectively we seek to embody the principles of this vision, and we commit to prioritize and evaluate everything we do as a church — staffing, ministry, and budget — according to the key components of the vision.
- The vision has a personal application as well. It will be independently and uniquely worked out in the lives and individual ministries of the members of the church who have been empowered with an understanding of their gifts and role in fulfilling the vision under the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, a critical work of the church must be to equip its members to serve God in joyful obedience in whatever area of contact and influence to which each individual has been called.
What We Believe
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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)
– Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) statement on Essentials of Faith
These Essentials are set forth in greater detail in the Westminster Confession of Faith.
In Essentials …….. Unity
In Non-Essentials …….. Liberty
In All Things …….. Charity