"And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy."
Colossians 1:18 (NIV)
The First Presbyterian Church Haines City is a church where you can truly experience the living God and learn about His love. We believe that you matter to God, and because of that, you matter to us. Whether in one of our Life Groups, worship services, or on one of our mission trips, there is a place for you.
As a member of the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO), we hold fast to its mission statement and core values.
FPC Haines City exists to glorify God by changing lives through the message of Jesus Christ.
What We Believe
All humanity has fallen short of God's glory; is in a state of sin; and deserves the judgment of God. Because of our sin nature, we cannot seek out or please God on our own (Romans 3:23), and we deserve eternal punishment (Romans 1:18).
Not only was Jesus Christ a real person in history, he is the sinless Son of God. First century political and religious leaders put him to death because of his "radical" claims to be God in the flesh, the Divine King promised in Scripture (Messiah), and his message of salvation through faith exclusively in him alone (1 Timothy 2:5-6).
Jesus died for his children because he loves us and because we need a perfect Savior to turn away from us God's justified anger (John 6:37-39). Jesus' death was not permanent; on the third day he physically rose from the grave and appeared to numerous eyewitnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Because of Jesus' death and resurrection, when we confess our unworthiness and put our faith in him, we are saved from final judgment and granted eternal life (John 6:40).
The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Divine Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—Three in One and One in Three); he draws us to Christ; gives us saving faith to believe the good news; and strengthens us to live holy (albeit imperfect) lives of obedience to Jesus (Romans 8:5-11). Being a follower of Christ requires personal and often costly sacrifices (Luke 14:25-35).
The Church, the Body of Christ, is a collection of saved sinners across space and time. We are committed to loving and caring for one another. Most importantly, we cultivate relationships to help each other grow in grace and love for our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 12:9-21). Prayer is a powerful gift from God through which we receive grace and forgiveness (Philippians 4:6).
The Church is commanded to reach out to the world with an indiscriminate call to faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16). We are responsible to influence the world, both near and far, for the gospel (Matthew 28:19). Jesus will come again; and when he does, he will renew this fallen world and clothe his people in bodies fit to live on a renewed earth forever. Those without faith in Jesus will receive unending separation from God (Matthew 25:31-46).
We Value People
"People Matter to God"
We Value Application of Scripture
“Teaching is for Life-Change"
We Value Growth
"Real Christ-followers Grow"
We Value Small Groups
"Growing Larger and Smaller at the Same Time"
We Value Excellence
"God is Honored in Excellence"
We Value Service
"Every Member is a Minister"
We Value Creativity and Innovation
"Changing Methods… Unchanging Message"
We Value Unity and Diversity
"Focusing on the Things that Unite Us, Not the Things that Divide Us"