What We Believe
From the EPC Book of Order:
All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks.
On this sure foundation we affirm these additional Essentials of our faith:
- We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
- Jesus Christ, the living Word, become flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
- The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
- Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits his righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
- The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the Body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowhip is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
- Jesus Christ will come again to the earth – personally, visibly, and bodily – to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)
- The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)
These Essentials are set forth in greater detail in the Westminster Confession of Faith.
PEPC’s Vision Statement:
“We are a spiritually hungry people,
seeking to turn from sin, become like Christ,
and share God’s transforming Word with the world.”
Biblical – Making scripture the foundation of our worship and daily life.
Relational – Living in community. To know and be known by each other, celebrating and comforting together.
Intergenerational – Dying to self for others. Diversity by generation and as the community provides.
Missional – Living out our faith daily; outside of the church facility; in the community; the workplace and the world.
How PEPC lives out the vision:
Connect – A spiritually hungry people connecting to God and each other through worship, mission and fellowship.
Grow – Seeking to turn from sin, become like Christ through through Home Fellowship Groups, Community Night, Worship and Scripture.
Serve – Share God’s transforming Word with the world through identified mission partnerships, service opportunities and daily interactions.
PEPC’s Plan for success:
- PEPC will develop leaders who are passionately pursuing a deeper relationship with Christ and drawing others into this authentic life with God.
- PEPC will create an environment of grace and forgiveness through the regular practice of repentance.
- PEPC will connect people in deep, authentic intergenerational relationships so that they may answer the call to die to self, identify their own spiritual gifts and passions, and grow in their love for one another as Christ’s body.
- PEPC will grow people spiritually by providing environments to train them in personal and corporate spiritual disciplines and thereby transform all of their relationships.
- Serve God’s Kingdom by establishing a strategic mission program that challenges, trains, and sends God’s people into the world to share God’s transforming Word.
History of PEPC
Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church (PEPC) was established in 1984 (originally as Parker Presbyterian Church, or PPC) and first met in a local middle school. In 1985 PPC purchased 55 acres of the Miller homestead from the Tallman family on East Parker Road. In 1987 PPC became a a member of the larger Evangelical Presbyterian Church denomination and the acronym changed to “PEPC” in 1990. The original building, sanctuary, and classrooms (what is now the Student Center) were completed in 1996 and expanded in 2000. An addition to the lower level–including the existing sanctuary, lobby, and additional classrooms were added in 2005.
What does it mean to be an elder led church?
Part of the genius of Presbyterianism is the importance placed on the role of the Ruling Elder, the layperson, in the life of the church. When a denomination becomes clergy dominated, it tends to lose touch with the grassroots of the church. Elders are nominated and elected church members who gather to discuss church vision and direction. They in turn entrust that vision to the church staff for implementation in the various ministries of the church.
The information found within these tabs is only a brief overview of “who PEPC is.” If you would like to go deeper or ask more questions to our pastors or staff, feel free to contact them, or join us for the Discover PEPC Class (held in the fall and spring) where we will spend 5 weeks talking through the EPC Essentials, PEPC Vision and Values, the History of PEPC, Worship Philosophy, and PEPC / EPC Theological distinctness. Please contact Will Freyschlag here for further information or to sign up for the class.