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.
The New Member Experience
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 our New Member Class 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 (New Member Experience)?
The New Members Experience 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 get a better feel for the class, see the attached documents below from our most recent class.
If you would like to be notified of when future New Member’s classes are taking place, please share your email by clicking here.
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 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, baptism is required if you haven’t been before. But don’t worry, we provide the opportunity to learn more during the New Member Experience.