What We Believe
We believe that the Triune God saves sinners.
We believe that God is presently active to glorify His Name in the earth, and we trust and believe in the risen Christ, the Son of God, Who is the Redeemer of God’s People! His Spirit and Word bring change and light to every community. We are sinners, saved by His grace, able to obey and honor Him through the power of the Spirit. We are thankful for the joy and fellowship that comes from His mercy.
Who Are We?
We are sinners saved by grace.
Our church has four noticeable traits:
- The preaching and teaching of the whole Word of God.
- The administration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
- The loving and patient practice of corrective and restorative discipleship.
- The carrying out of the mandate of Christ to gather and perfect the saints.
Our people come from a variety of backgrounds, from one end of the economic, intellectual, and social spectrum to the other. We are woven together by the Holy Spirit into one united body in Christ.
Why Are We Here?
We are here to honor God.
ZPC is here to uphold the all-encompassing, inerrant authority of the Bible as the Word of God; to proclaim the gospel of the crown rights of Jesus Christ to the community of Middle Georgia; and to see many individuals and families come to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ.
The word “Presbyterian” simply means ruled by representatives.
Christ is the Head of every sphere of government. He has graciously appointed a church government in the hands of church officers, which government and jurisdiction are distinct and separate from civil government. Our church is a part of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States.
What is Our Focus and Mission?
Our goal and focus is to gather and train the Lord’s people!
The focus of our church’s life, fellowship, worship, work and mission is GOD IN CHRIST, who is the “Savior of the world” and “the King of kings, and Lord of lords.” We strive, with the help of the Holy Spirit, not to be doctrine-centered, law-centered, church-centered, or man-centered, but to be God-centered in all we are and do, because “of Him, through Him, and to Him are all things. to Him be the glory forever.”
The mission of the church is the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, Matthew 28:18-20, which involves person-winning (evangelism and discipleship), family-winning (church planting and Christian education), and culture-winning (world mission, world evangelization, and application of God’s Word in every area of life).
What is Our Praise Like?
Though we may not all be classically-trained singers, we believe in the joyful singing of God’s praises with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, which are expressions of biblical truth, with all the musical instruments made available to us. We sing mostly hymns — a combination of old favorites and newly-written tunes — the words of which are God-centered, not man-centered.
WHAT IS OUR FUTURE?
We believe the Lord is King!
We believe that God in his covenant has promised his church a glorious future in Jesus Christ (Isaiah 2). We look forward to the future, knowing that it, with all its struggles, afflictions, and progressive, victories, belongs, not to the devil, but to the faithful people of God, I Cor. 3:21-22. We are future-oriented in our present responsibilities. We believe that the kingdom will leaven the whole loaf of human life and society, as it advances toward total victory, Mark 4:21-32. We work, pray and hope for the day when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea,” Isaiah 11:9.
Worship at Zion is more than just singing. We worship God through our praises, our confessions, our offerings, the ministry of the Word, and the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.
Singing is a very important element our worship. At Zion, we utilize several resources as aids for worshiping our Lord and Savior. We sing hymns, psalms, and Scripture songs. We are blessed to have Mitch Nutt, our pianist, who is writing several hymns and new tunes for our worship.
Confessing what we believe is something we do every Sunday here at ZPC. We use the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, and other Scripture-based confessions during our worship to help unify us in the truth.
Ministry of the Word
You will notice that our worship is heavily Word-focused. The preaching and teaching of God’s Word is a very important part of our worship, since it is where we find training and instruction in how to live like Christians!
We observe the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper each Sunday, and we take seriously the use of this means of grace to bolster and uphold us in Christ Jesus.
We are a part of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States — the RPCUS. Formed in 1983 out of a desire for consistency, faithfulness to the Scriptures, and adopting the original 1646 Westminster Standards as its charter, the RPCUS seeks to proclaim the crown rights of Jesus Christ faithfully in the world.
For more information, check out the RPCUS website.
- Rev. Jess Stanfield, Teaching Elder
- Dr. Steve Barnes, Ruling Elder
- Mr. Stephen Barnes, Jr., Ruling Elder
- Mr. Chuck Ezell, Deacon
Info for New Members
If you are interested in more information about us, we have a downloadable information packet for you. In it you will find out more about what we believe and how we approach ministry to our community.
For more information, or to get answers to specific questions you have, you are always welcome to email our session at their email address.
We are now broadcasting our services live every Sunday Morning at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. Check back on our site during those times to view our live broadcasted services. You can also visit us at SermonAudio.com/zion where you'll see old an new sermons as well as our broadcasting status.