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MISSION | VISION

At Salem Presbyterian Church we seek to be a faithful presence through our Worship, Community, and Outreach

We are a congregation that expresses the gospel in a prayerful and artistic way through our preaching, worship, and sacraments in order to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. We do this for the sake of the neighborhoods we live in, the communities in which we work, Winston-Salem, and the world.

We gather for worship weekly at Calvary Moravian Church, located in downtown Winston-Salem (click for map). Worship is at 5 pm every Sunday. We are a part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Our sister churches in the area constitute the Piedmont Triad Presbytery. To get in touch with us click here.

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BELIEFS

 

In the Godhead

There is one eternal, loving, and perfect God who exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This God created everything and moment by moment he holds everything together.  He is the fount of all truth and the meaning of all existence.

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In the Human Condition

Human beings, while created in the image of God, have rejected God's love and direction and have become estranged from him. We are born into this world moving away from God.  Apart from God's mercy, the human race is utterly unable to remedy its lost condition.

 

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In the Father (salvation conceived)

Out of the depths of his infinite love and mercy, God the Father decided to bring his creation - starting with humanity - back into relationship with himself.

 

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In the Son (salvation accomplished)
The Father initiated this salvation by sending Jesus, the Son.  He was born as a real human being.  He lived a life of perfect love.  He was crucified in our place, taking the punishment that we deserved.  Three days later he rose from the dead, the first flare of a new, perfect world that has been flaming up in this darkened world ever since.  Jesus will come again, put an end to all evil, and establish his utterly beautiful, just, and euphoric new world. Jesus alone can save.

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In the Spirit (salvation applied)

The Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead takes away our guilt.  He declares us 'forgiven'.  He also pronounces us righteous.  He actually credits us with Christ's perfect righteousness.  Finally, the Spirit fills and controls our thoughts and feelings with the reality and power of Christ's new creation.

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In the Scriptures

The scriptures are the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in all they intend to teach.  The Spirit who wrote the scriptures also enables us to receive them as our supreme authority, the starting point of all our thinking.

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In the Church

The church is not just an aggregate of individuals like grains of sand held together by moisture.  The church is a living, spiritual organism - the very body of Christ. Jesus is the head of the church.  As a head animates a body, so Jesus animates and governs his church.  We become a part of the life of this mysterious body when we become Christians. Baptism ushers us into this vibrant church.  Regular communion and preaching maintains this life.

 

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In the Mission

As hands, feet, ears, eyes and legs of the Body of Christ we live holy and obedient lives, not to earn his favor, but rather to show him our love and gratitude.  In so doing, we exist as an alternative community of righteousness amidst the powers of evil that rule and control this perishing world.  We do not attack and condemn the world.  We are fully present in the world, the faithful presence of the Lord who loves the world.