Book of Order (F-1.0202)
Christ calls the Church into being, giving it all that is necessary for its mission in the world, for its sanctification, and for its service to God. Christ is present with the Church in both Spirit and Word. Christ alone rules, calls, teaches, and uses the Church as he wills.
We say and believe that Christ was the one who called the church into being and sits as the head of the Church. It is one of the reasons why we as Presbyterians and other Protestants do not have a permanent office or figurehead. As Presbyterians we have a Stated Clerk of the denomination who serves for a certain number of terms and we also have Moderators who function for the time of that General Assembly. Our primary purpose for having this structure is because we want to allow the Holy Spirit to act and allow for Christ to move us as we conduct the business of the Presbyterian Church. This doesn’t mean that the structure is perfect or infallible, but it means that there are a number of different voices that come together to discern what God is doing in their lives and in the lives of the congregations.
God has given us talents and gifts that can be used to serve the Church and our communities. Whether we have a heart for the poor, the oppressed, the gift of song and music, all of it can be used to glorify God, as we participate in the ongoing work of Christ in the world. The question that we find ourselves asking is how we will use the gifts we have been given? Will we squander our time and talents? Or will we be bold enough and have the courage to go out into our communities and the world sharing the things we have been given? It is a challenge of course, there are fears and obstacles to overcome, but it is all for the sake of the gospel message that we have received.
Christ has called the Church into being. Christ has given us the tools that we need to be the hands and feet of God in the world. And Christ continues to call us, each of us by name, in order that we come together to bear faithful witness to the ever continuing work of God in the world.