What We Believe
Ballston Center Church holds to the truths of the Christian faith as revealed in Holy Scripture and set forth in the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the other Creeds and Symbols of the historic Christian Faith. Here is a brief summary of what we believe:
• GOD IS THE SOVEREIGN CREATOR and ruler of the universe.
• JESUS CHRIST is the Messiah, the Savior of humanity.
• THE HOLY SPIRIT is the initiator and enabler for the Christian life.
• THE BIBLE is the infallible Word of God, the only perfect rule of faith and practice.
• SALVATION is by God's grace, freely given through faith and not earned by any merit of man.
MISSION, VISION, CORE VALUES
Our MISSION: to know, follow, and proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ in worship, fellowship, and service.
1. To glorify God and share the good news of Jesus
Our main goal is to glorify God and bring honor and glory to Him as we share the good news of His love and redemption through Jesus Christ. We want all that we do to reflect the greatness of God and the grace of Jesus.
2. To be a gospel-centered community
We know it is people who matter to God, and we know that only a relationship with Him will transform a person’s life in such a way that it has true joy, meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.
3. To know God personally
There's a difference between knowing about someone and truly knowing them. God calls us into an intimate relationship with Him as Father through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. When we truly know God personally, it changes everything, and that relationship only continues to deepen. We want people to know the true joy found in a personal relationship with the God of the universe through His Son, Jesus Christ.
• THE TEN COMMANDMENTS are the summation of man's duty to God and of man's responsibility to his fellow man.
• FAMILY WORSHIP AND TITHING are encouraged.
• CHURCH GOVERNMENT is by the Presbyterian system, from which the denomination takes its name. As outlined in the Bible, church government is by Elders who are elected by members of each congregation.
• THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM is administered to believers and their children. All forms of Christian baptism are recognized, and a second ceremony is not administered to those baptized in other Christian churches.
• BELIEVERS MAY JOIN the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church by profession of faith, reaffirmation of faith or transfer of membership from another denomination.
For a more complete statement of our theological and doctrinal views, read the Confession of Faith of our Church.
Our denomination The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church is a member of is a member of The North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC).
4. To worship God joyfully
When you really love someone, it brings you great joy to tell them and show them how much you love them. Worship is simply letting God know how wonderful He is and how much we love Him. Doing so brings us great joy.
5. To care for each other sincerely
It’s easy to say you care for someone, but it’s a bit more difficult to demonstrate the sincerity of that care through actions. Jesus said that the mark of His disciples would be their love for one other. We want to build friendships that manifest genuine care and concern for the physical and spiritual health and welfare of each other.
6. To reach out to others purposefully
If you have great news, you usually can’t wait to tell others about it. We want to see every arena in life as an opportunity to be an ambassador for Christ and to be equipped to minister to others in both word and deed using our God-given gifts.
In all these things, we rely on the transforming power of the good news (gospel) of Jesus Christ. We can try all kinds of methods and programs to make our lives and our society better, but it is only when we admit our limitations and trust in God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ, that God’s power will work through us to do His will in our lives, our community, our culture, and our world.
Our CORE VALUES:
Someone once described core values as the "hills you'll die on." These are the foundational values or principles that serve to guide all that we do at Ballston Center.
Truth (The Gospel)
Pilate asked Jesus the question, "What is truth?" It’s a legitimate question that many still ask today. According to Merriam Webster, truth is defined as “the real facts about something.” Here at Ballston Center Church, we believe that the Bible (as the inspired Word of God, written by God through the hands of men) not only contains the truth, but is the truth - from Genesis 1:1 right on through Revelation 22:21. As such, the Bible, as God’s word of truth to humanity, provides us with guidance for all areas of life - whether it be personal relationships, integrity, honesty, salvation (or anything else). We believe the Bible is truth, because its truth has been born out in history and in the experience of people throughout time. When believed, proclaimed, and practiced, lives and cultures are transformed and changed.
God calls us to community, our life together as the Body of Christ. Community leads us to value one another as people created and loved by God, to grow in loving relationships with one another, and to serve one another and the world around us.
God calls us to spirituality, which is our evolving and maturing relationship with God. Spirituality leads us to pray daily, be obedient to God’s Word, and to transform our lives to be more Christ-like each day.
God calls us to service, our sacrificial response to the needs around us. Service leads us to follow Jesus’ example of humility and love, to bring the transforming power of the Gospel into the lives of others, and to set aside self-interest in order to enrich the lives of others.
The message of Jesus is the message of the arrival of God’s Kingdom in this world. Jesus teaches us to pray, “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” The mission of the church of Jesus is the sharing and spreading of that good news - that God’s Kingdom has arrived. The work of God’s people (the citizens of the Kingdom) is to promote the kind of living and interpersonal relationships that demonstrate what life in God’s Kingdom is like and to invite the world to share in this new way of life.
Prayer is essential to knowing God and growing spiritually, and we pray because God requests it. Prayer is the exercise of faith; it is the place where pride is abandoned, where hope is lifted, where specific needs are made known. Prayer is admitting our faults, confessing our sins, adopting humility, claiming dependence, and giving thanks. Prayer is part of the cornerstone of our lives and the rock we stand on. As we pray corporately or individually, we are instructed in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
Join us for worship: Sunday: 10:30am Christian Education Classes: 9:15am