First Presbyterian Church in Crystal Springs is a historic, Bible-based community of people who love Jesus Christ and seek to glorify God in their living, worship and service. The church was organized in 1865 and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015.
Everything we believe and do as a church flows out of a fundamental conviction that the Bible is the true and unchanging word of God, and as such it is our ultimate authority for all of life. We join with all other churches and denominations through the centuries that embrace this basic principle, and seek to apply it with God’s help to who we are as a congregation. We are evangelical in the sense that we hold to the gospel of Jesus Christ as the life-changing message that all people need to accept by turning from their sins and trusting in Christ alone to provide forgiveness and eternal life.
We are also Presbyterian evangelicals, which refers to our organization and form of church government. Each congregation is led by elders [another name for being Presbyterian], and each congregation is networked to regional churches [called presbyteries] and to the denomination as a whole [we belong to The Presbyterian Church in America]. We believe this system of being connected for mutual accountability and cooperation most accurately reflects the biblical pattern of church government. In addition to having elders who serve the spiritual needs of the congregation, we also have deacons, whose duties include caring for the material needs of our church.
We are also Reformed, as well as evangelical and Presbyterian. This simply means our understanding of the Bible reflects that of some of the greatest explanations of Scripture that have been developed through the history of the Church, but which were especially set forth during the time of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th and 17th centuries. Our official doctrinal beliefs are found in the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms. [More information on our beliefs, and the denomination to which we belong, can be found by visiting www.pcanet.org.]