Presbyterians confess their beliefs through statements that have been adopted over the years and are contained in The Book of Confessions. These statements reflect our understanding of God and what God expects of us at different times in history, but all are faithful to the fundamental beliefs described above. Even though we share these common beliefs, Presbyterians understand that God alone is lord of the conscience, and it is up to each individual to understand what these principles mean in his or her life.

For generations, Presbyterians have summed up our reason for existence in what we call the Six Great Ends of the Church.

Six Great Ends of the Church

  • The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind.
  • The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God.
  • The maintenance of divine worship.
  • The preservation of the truth.

The First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, NC, is part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Please follow the link below to learn more about our theology (you will be redirected to the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s website). If you have questions, or would like to talk about Presbyterian Theology or about how to grow your faith, please call our Office and request time to meet with Pastor Ed!