Essential Tenets and Reformed Distinctives

Essential Tenets and Reformed Distinctives

Dear Friends, The following information and attached document is in support of a Committee on Ministry motion that will be offered at the November 5th Stated Meeting to be held in Columbia.  We are sending this to you now because of its importance to the Presbytery, it’s length and doctrinal depth.  We believe it needs the full consideration that we can afford it. It will appear again on the call to meeting that will be sent to you on October 26th. Keith Drury From the Committee on Ministry Dear Fellow-Presbyters, For many years we Presbyterians have been pleased to affirm our adherence to “the essential tenets of the Reformed faith,” and although we have never defined them, there has been broad agreement as to what they are.  In recent years, however, consensus has been undermined to the point that there is confusion about what are essentials of Reformed faith and polity and about what we understand the teaching of Scripture and the Confessions to be on important topics.Therefore we propose the attached document as a resource for our Presbytery.  We believe it will help us to be faithful, that it will be valuable to our CPM and COM, and that it will help us as a Presbytery to have open and consistent discussions with candidates for ministry and membership.We direct your attention to the opening pages which describe the need, the use, and the nature of this document.  It is a guide for reflection and discussion.  It is amendable and improvable.  It is intended to provide clarity to our convictions as Stockton Presbytery — for as Christians we do not believe anything, we...
Our Mission

Our Mission

Stockton Presbytery exists to equip the local church to love God and each other as we make disciples of Jesus Christ. The Great Commandment – to Love God and Each Other The Great Commission – to go and make Disciples The Health of the Local Church – to build up the body of Christ     Rationale:  We exist to teach and obey the Great Commandment and the Great Commission within the reality of a connectional group of churches who share faith in Jesus Christ and bear witness to the Gospel in word and in deed.  Our calling as a Presbytery is focused upon serving and equipping churches in the prioritized areas of: Growth, Leadership, Outreach and Stewardship.   1 – The Great Commandment Biblical Text:  Matthew 22:37-39   Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “ Great Ends of the Church: The promotion of social righteousness The exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world Practical Outworking: Development of interpersonal relationships Attention to Ethnic Concerns in our Presbytery Coordination of joint church ventures and events Promotion of Mission & Justice   2 – The Great Commission Biblical Text:  Matthew 28:19-20   Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Great Ends of the Church: The proclamation of the...