About St. Peter Presbyterian Abingdon
Saint Peter Presbyterian Church is a community of Christians seeking to live their lives to the glory of God, and the building of His Kingdom
Why the ‘Saint Peter’ Name?
It’s Saint Peter (without an ’s)
We call the church Saint Peter Presbyterian Church based on the Apostle Peter’s teaching on the nature of the church (see the 1 Peter passage here).
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
What We Believe
We are disciples of Jesus, seeking to hold fast to the Bible as His living Word, committed to faithful, liturgical worship on the Lord’s Day, given to hospitality, fellowship, and mercy, raising our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, seeking to carry on the Great Commission so that every knee may bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
With the Reformers we embrace the early church fathers and Christian creeds as our heritage, the medieval church as our family in Christ, and the recovery of the centrality and authority of Scripture as the only infallible rule for faith and practice. We are evangelical and Reformed with regard to our understanding of salvation and God’s grace to fallen sinners.
We are covenantal, believing God’s mercy extends to our children and their children after them to a thousand generations. We are presbyterian in church government, believing the local church is best served by a plurality of elders and accountable to other elders in the broader church.
We are optimistic about the power and success of the gospel in history and therefore ambitious about evangelism and missions. We love the rhythms of the Psalms and prayers and hymns of the historic Church, the Word proclaimed, the sacraments celebrated, exuberant living, filling the hungry, comforting the broken, and walking in the Light together.
In the tradition of the Protestant Reformers, we hold to the:
- Five “solas” of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solo Christo, and Soli Deo Gloria
- Westminster Standards
- Preaching of the Word, the exercise of church discipline, and the right celebration of the sacraments.
These creeds, confessions, and theological statements represent the doctrinal standards and commitments of our leadership, but they do not supersede our commitment to Scripture nor do they limit our fellowship or membership.
I Corinthians 8:6
Our Affiliation: CREC
Saint Peter Presbyterian Church is a member of the Augustine Presbytery of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC).
The CREC is an international vibrant church community of evangelical believers shaped by the Reformation. We are deeply committed to the evangelical tenets of biblical authority and the free grace of God in Christ, and we believe that Jesus is King and Lord of heaven and earth. The one hundred or so churches and parishes of the CREC are spread across North and South America, Western and Eastern Europe, and Eastern Asia.
To learn more about the CREC click here.