Our vision as a church is to preach Jesus Christ from the law and the gospel, to nourish baptized believers with the body and blood of our Lord at his Table, and to encourage our members to walk in faith and holiness, bringing our heavenly citizenship to bear upon our earthly callings in this present age. Some of the things we emphasize are:
The Word and the Sacraments:
In a culture obsessed with quick-fixes and instant gratification, it is difficult to believe that growth in the Christian life can come through such simple means as the faithful preaching of the Word of God and the administration of the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. But these are exactly what God has given as the two “keys” for Christian living. As we hear the Bible preached week after week, and as we receive by faith the body and blood of Christ in Communion, we are built up and strengthened for our pilgrimage to glory (Acts 2:42; Rom. 10:17; 6:3-4; I Cor. 11:23-26).
Jesus told his disciples, “Everything written in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms was written about me” (Luke 24:44), and for this reason Paul the Apostle summarized his message simply by saying, “We preach Christ crucified” (I Cor. 1:23). At Exile Presbyterian Church Jesus Christ is preached from every portion of Scripture, for the purpose of preaching is not simply to provide handy tips for successful living, but to feed God’s people the Bread of life—the crucified and risen Lord Jesus (John 6:35).
The Centrality of Worship:
Not only will the worship of our triune God occupy the saints for all eternity, it is also the central activity of the Church in this present age (Rev. 5:8-10; Heb. 12:18-29). Our desire at Exile Presbyterian Church is to renew our covenant with our Savior and God each week in a manner that is joyful, reverent, and most of all, biblical (Heb. 10:19-25).
The Christian Church has been described as a colony of resident aliens in a hostile, wilderness world, and as such, we really need each other! For this reason we make it one of our main priorities to foster a spirit of community, without which we could never fulfill Paul’s instruction to bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the Law of Christ (Gal. 6:2). As saints who have been empowered by the Spirit of our risen Lord, we seek to encourage, pray with, weep with, and care for one another, knowing that the Christian life is not meant to be lived in isolation, but in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the faith (John 13:34-35).
Powerful community and fervent evangelism go hand in hand, for God’s people are not called to focus solely on ourselves, but to reach out to the lost and dying in this world. It is our prayer that the awful realities of sin, judgment, and eternity, coupled with the blessedness of belonging to a community as powerful the one described above, will inevitably result in fervent evangelism and outreach to our unbelieving friends, family members, and co-workers. In addition to the obvious need to be salt and light in this world, bringing an unbelieving friend to one of our worship services is a wonderful evangelistic opportunity, for the Gospel is presented clearly and powerfully each week.