What We Believe


First Presbyterian Church Congregation

First Presbyterian Church values meaningful worship, thought provoking education, and engaging mission.  We are a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and are active in downtown Joplin and the world.


First Presbyterian Church Hymnals

Along with Christians around the world, we affirm God created the heavens and the earth, redeemed the world through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and sustains creation through the powerful work of the Holy Spirit. We hold the Bible to be the revealed Word of God as it bears witness to Jesus Christ and God’s mighty acts in the world. Jesus Christ is head of the church, and nothing can separate us from the love of God.

The Bible

Presbyterians take the Bible seriously and believe God is speaking through the text.

Book of Confessions

Presbyterians believe in the need to confess our faith on a daily basis with our mouths and the way we live our lives. We have a confession of faith every Sunday as a part of our worship.

Book of Order

The Book of Order is the Constitution of the PC(USA). It contains sections on governance, worship, and ecclesiastical discipline.

Denominational Issues

First Presbyterian Church is a committed member of the PC(USA).