Union Presbyterian Church
*5615 Union Road, Gastonia NC 28056* *704.864.7681*
What We Believe...
Our Mission Statement
Union Presbyterian Church Seeks to Know Christ and to Make Christ Known.
Our Current Vision Statement
1. Use our time, treasures, and talents to actively share the Good News of Christ to the younger generations of our community.
2. Become a church of outward focused groups.
3.Enthusiastically welcome new additions to the community & be a place of Christian hospitality to our region.
What We Believe About...
We believe that God is big! God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and present everywhere. The Westminster Shorter Catechism says that “God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.” We believe in one, sovereign, eternal God who is the creator of all things. God eternally exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We know and worship God as our Father, through a relationship with his Son, Jesus Christ, by the power of the Spirit. God looks very different than we do and because of this he will always be somewhat of a mystery to us.
And yet, God is also the creator not only of the universe but also of us. We believe that God has uniquely created humankind in God’s image. This gift shows how special and important we are to him. God desires a special relationship with each of us, inviting us to follow his ways, even though we will not be able to follow him perfectly. We often fall short in understanding God’s love and will. We often fall short in being all that God created us to be. But God does not abandon us. We believe that we are forgiven, redeemed, and made whole by Jesus Christ.
We believe that the words Jesus spoke to his followers after his resurrection to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28: 19-20) is the central mission statement of the church. Followers of Christ are called to be growing as disciples and the Church is called to disciple-making. We believe that when discipleship is prioritized, the faithful and the Church as a whole will flourish.
Following Christ will look different for every person. We are all uniquely called by God to different places and we have all been gifted by God in distinctive and personal ways. But we are all called to grow in faith each day by putting more of who we are in Christ and his gospel, participating in ways that help make Christ more known throughout the world, and learning how to better put God first and to love our neighbors more like how we love ourselves.
Because following Christ does not look the same for each of us, we also know that Christians do not always share the same opinions on political and social issues. At Union, we will never tell you how to vote politically, but we do believe that Biblically faithful teaching, thoughtful theological discussions, and Christian maturity help us fulfill our calling as citizens and followers of Christ in God’s world. This is why Jesus did not call his followers to go it alone. We are called into community. All Jesus-followers are called to live out their faith within his Church and called to help one another grow in faith and faithfulness. We believe in the power and significance of the Church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together to worship God, enjoy God’s presence together, and work as a community of believers.
We are members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denomination, one of the Reformed theological traditions of the Christian church. Union Church is currently in the process of discerning how we might be in relationship with our denomination in the future. We are also members of the Fellowship Community, a network of churches within the denomination called together to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ by growing in Christ’s likeness, living by God’s Word, and joining in sharing God’s Good News to the world.
We invite you to find out more about the Fellowship Community and what they believe here:
-Essential Tenets: https://www.fellowship.community/wp-content/uploads/The-Essential-Tenets1.pdf
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We believe that Jesus Christ is at the center of everything. In the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the eternal Son of God entered human history and became a real human being, fully human and fully God. Jesus lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again victorious over sin and death. Through his life, death, and resurrection, God offers us forgiveness and the opportunity to have our relationship with God restored now and forever. Jesus Christ is our Lord and the world’s only true savior.
Jesus died for you as much as for everyone else, because he loves you and values you. You matter to God.
We believe that Scripture is more than a set of guidelines or ideals. It is the Word of God and reveals God's truth. The words of the Bible should be the foundation of all our faith and life. It tells us how human beings are to be in relationship with God and how our relationships with God and others became broken. It proclaims who Jesus Christ is and how he saves us. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand and follow all of God’s word which is revealed most clearly in Jesus’ life and teaching.