Jacksonville Presbyterian Church exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ by connecting people with God, each other, and ministry.
Here are the core values that shape how we do this:
Connecting with God
A key sign of our growth as Christians is our desire to connect with God through prayer. Prayer is a time for adoring God, confessing sin, thanking Him, and asking for deliverance. The power of prayer is not just in answered prayer requests, but also in the profound change that takes place within us as we daily pray for God’s will to be done on earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-13).
Humans are created to worship. And we are not truly alive until we worship who we were created to worship: God Himself. We believe that by gathering as His people, praying together, singing together, hearing God's Word preached, and partaking of communion and baptism, a spiritual change takes place within us: we worship the Lord "in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23).
When we read God's Word, the Bible, we realize it makes consistent claims about itself—namely, that it is the very words of God himself and therefore completely trustworthy and the final authority for faith and life. And amazingly, as we study, love, and obey His Word, we are conformed more and more into the image of Jesus Christ, who is “the Word made flesh” (John 1:14).
Connecting with each other
We embrace being a congregation that reaches all generations. The community that Jesus is creating among us for His glory is designed to reach people of all ages, so that we might be a church throughout “all generations” (Ephesians 3:21). As the Psalms declare, “Young men and young women, old men and children, let them praise the name of the LORD!” (Psalm 148:12)
One of the greatest joys of being a follower of Jesus is living life together with other believers. Jesus tells his disciples, "By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:35). This is why we hope to connect people in our church through events, serving together, and small groups (ex: Connect Groups, Bible Study Groups, etc)
What binds our church together is the Gospel—the good news that "we are more sinful than we ever thought possible, but more loved and accepted through Jesus Christ than we dare imagine." This humbling—yet uplifting—message empowers us to be “compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).
Connecting with Ministry
Throughout Jesus’ life, he reached people who were at ‘the margins’ of life: the poor, the rejected, the physically disabled, the widows, and the heavy laden. Not only did Jesus share the good news of the gospel with them, he also met their physical needs. As Jesus’ followers, our church strives to share the gospel and “to remember the poor” (Galatians 2:10) here in the Rogue Valley and beyond.
Because God has been so generous towards us, we strive to be a generous church—with our time, talents, and treasure. We give generously because we want to reflect God’s generosity towards us. “…whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
The Bible explains that every Christian is a “member” of “the body of Christ” and has a unique role to play (1 Corinthians 12:27). That means every member is called to minister—to serve the Lord as we serve others. Our hope, then, as a local church is to equip every member “for the work of ministry” so that together we might glorify God through both our words and deeds (Ephesians 4:11).