Bellevue Presbyterian Church is committed to participating with Jesus to revive the Eastside and beyond.
What We Believe
“A community of people who believe in Jesus Christ and trust Him so much that we have transferred control of our life into Jesus’ hands.”
First and foremost, Bellevue Presbyterian Church is a community of people who believe in Jesus Christ and trust him so much that we have transferred control of our life into Jesus’ hands. We believe that we all miss the mark of God’s intended best for us, and that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins, that he was raised from the dead showing his power over sin and death, and that he lives within us and transforms us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus loves us just as we are and not as we should be, but he also loves us enough not to leave us the way he found us. Everyone is welcome as we seek together to become more like him.
We believe that the Bible is God’s authoritative word to us, and tells us all we need to know about who He is, and how to live a life that helps us become more like Jesus. We seek to submit ourselves to a biblical worldview. We also believe that God is on a rescue mission to his world, and that he came himself in the person of Jesus to revitalize that rescue mission. Through the power of the Holy Spirit he calls us to join him in His rescue mission to bind up the brokenhearted, bring good news to the poor (both economically and spiritually), to help others know of his saving love, and to reverse the effects of the fall in our homes, families, neighborhoods, offices, schools, community, world and in our personal lives. We seek to be a family who is radically devoted to Jesus, to one another and to serving the world, and we’d love for you to join us.
Beyond the above description of Who We Are, there are some other ways to describe our beliefs. BelPres is part of the Christian religion, the Reformed theological tradition, the Evangelical movement, the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination, and The Fellowship Community.
All Christians agree in affirming the Trinity–One God in three Persons: Father, Son and Spirit–as well as the Incarnation that God became human in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.
The Reformed theological tradition descends from Protestant Reformers like John Calvin, John Knox and others. Among other distinctive features, Reformed theology emphasizes God’s love and sovereignty, election for salvation and service, covenant life, stewardship, the fallenness of humankind, and the preaching of the scriptures.
The Evangelical movement spans traditions and denominations and emphasizes personal trust in Jesus and His atoning sacrifice on the cross, interprets scripture more conservatively, and actively participates in engaging cultures to spread the gospel message of loving salvation for the redemption of all creation.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is the largest of several Presbyterian denominations. It traces back to 1793 and is now headquartered in Louisville, KY. Its constitution has two parts: The Book of Confessions teaches what we believe and The Book of Order teaches how our church is organized.
The Fellowship Community is an order within PC (USA) of churches and leaders called together to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ by growing in Christ’s likeness, living by God’s word, and joining in God’s mission in the world. Our church leadership affirms these essential tenets of Reformed theology.
More information is here.
At BelPres, we believe it’s no accident you’re here. Whether you’re transferring from another church, have been attending BelPres for decades or just a few weeks, or are brand new to faith, we believe membership is a chance to formally say “yes” to what God is up to through this particular church at this particular point in history. In a world that often defaults to “maybe”, saying “yes” is radically counter-cultural. Just like Jesus. And we tend to like counter-cultural stuff. That’s why joining BelPres isn’t like “joining a club”, one that gets you special discounts or reserved parking places. It’s more like jumping wholeheartedly into the adventure of God’s great rescue mission alongside a bunch of other imperfect people. To help make that happen, we’ve designed Belong 101 to connect and equip people (just like you) that want to say “yes” to joining in the adventure. By participating in one of our classes, you’ll learn more about the BelPres story, discover new ways of growing and serving, and meet some of our staff and lay leadership. We offer the class three times a year so if you’re not able to make the next one, there will always be another just a few months down the road. We very much look forward to meeting you and having the chance to more deeply connect you to the mission and the people of BelPres.
When is the next Belong 101 Class?
The Belong 101 Class is free, but we need you to register so we can plan accordingly.
Keep in mind we cap our registration at 40 participants for each session, so sign up early!
To Register for the February Class Registration opens December 8, 2017.
Saturday Feb 4th, 9am-3pm, UC425
Sunday Feb 5th, 12:15pm-2pm, UC425 (those pursuing Membership)
This one day intensive class will meet on Saturday February 4th and is a great fit for those who have been here at BelPres for a number of years and who are already connected and see membership as a natural next step in their faith journey. It is also a great fit for those who have a more limited schedule and for whom a one day class is more convenient. No childcare will be provided for this class.
After completing the class, those who want to pursue membership can attend a final class the following day on February 5th, where they will share faith statements (a short account of your faith journey and who Jesus is to you) with a small group of 5-6 people. More information regarding membership will be shared throughout the class.
Sundays, April 22-May 13, 9:15am-10:45am in UC425
Sunday, May 20, 9:15am-10:45am in UC425 (those pursuing Membership)
This four part class will meet weekly over four consecutive Sundays (April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13) and is a great fit for those who are new to BelPres and looking for community. It is also a great fit for young families since normal Sunday morning childcare and children’s programs are already provided at this time. This timeframe also allows those attending to go to the worship service of their choice at 11am.
For those taking the spring class, we ask that people only sign up if they can attend all four classes. If you have to miss one, we will provide a reasonable makeup assignment of some kind.
After completing all four weeks, those who want to pursue membership can attend a final class on May 20th, where they will share faith statements (a short account of your faith journey and who Jesus is to you) with a small group of 5-6 people. More information regarding membership will be shared throughout the class.
What a recent Belong 101 class member had to say after the class:
“My husband and I walked away just so excited about getting more involved at BelPres. We’ve attended for about six years and have taught Sunday School with the preschool crew, but other than that we haven’t been too involved in the church until recently. After Belong 101 I really see that changing. Our table group was such a special group of people and the way that the day was structured really allowed us all to connect and get to know each other. The next day at church about half of us ran into each and big hugs were exchanged. We plan on taking one [of the folks] from our table golfing sometime this spring and we’ve connected with the others via Facebook as well. I think what most excited me about the group was how inter-generational it was and how those generational differences and lines were so minimized during the group discussions and sharing of our statements of faith/testimonies.”
To get a better feel for the class, see the attached documents below from our most recent class.
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Confirmation is usually offered twice per year for middle or high school students. Contact Karen Bergevin in the Youth Department to learn when the next Confirmation class will be held.
If the student taking the Confirmation class is not baptized, baptism will need to occur before the student becomes a member.
If you have not been baptized previously and would like to arrange your baptism, please email us and we will be happy to help.
If you’re joining BelPres as a member, baptism is required if you haven’t been before. But don’t worry, we provide the opportunity to learn more during the Belong 101.