What We Believe
Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church is a welcoming, inclusive Christian community of faith celebrating God’s love through worship, caring, learning, fellowship and mission.
Covenant of Community Living
• Remember this is God’s Church
• Pray for God’s help for our relationships with Christ’s church and for the work of the Session
• Remember we are servants
• Commit to participate in the work of the Session
• Be joyful in our time together
• Listen to understand
• Respect others’ ideas
• Speak one at a time
• Not interrupt
• Be patient with each other
• Not participate in side conversations
• Speak to others with love
• Use constructive feedback only
• Respect others’ feelings • Be flexible
• Remember the importance of humor
• Stay on task
• Honor confidentiality
• Communicate to the congregation with transparency
• Remember Session speaks as one voice
G - Grateful giving
R - Resources of our time, talents, and financial support
A - Administration of our resources of time, talent and finances that allow us to worship together, support missions, and take God's word to our people, the community and the greater world
C - Caring as we learn how to better care for each other, our families, and neighbors in times of both misfortune and joy
E - Evangelism - our efforts in teaching and sharing of God's word and grace through Jesus Christ our Lord
The Presbysterian Church (USA)
Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him.
Calvin did much of his writing from Geneva, Switzerland. From there, the Reformed movement spread to other parts of Europe and the British Isles. Many of the early Presbyterians in America came from England, Scotland and Ireland. The first American Presbytery was organized at Philadelphia in 1706. The first General Assembly was held in the same city in 1789. The first Assembly was convened by the Rev. John Witherspoon, the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. What they mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God's purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God's generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone's job -- ministers and lay people alike -- to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.