Westminster is a church that holds to the teachings of the Bible and strives to communicate those truths to others in a gentle, loving manner. This makes Westminster, in many ways, just an ordinary, evangelical church. At Westminster you will hear the old gospel, proclaimed in a fresh and passionate way, for it is the only gospel that rescues sinners.
What makes Westminster PCA unique in the Vincennes area is that we are a distinctly reformed church. But what does that mean? Well, we are a church that is committed to the ongoing protestant reformation that began in the 16th century with men like Martin Luther and John Calvin. These men and women of the reformation were committed to bringing the church into conformity with the Bible. For this reason we, at Westminster PCA, believe that the only way for men and women to be in right relationship with God is through His grace, displayed in the person and work of Christ, embraced by faith, communicated in the Bible and all done for the glory of God. For a fuller understanding of what it means to be "reformed," take some time to read the Westminster Confession of Faith.
PCA stands for Presbyterian Church of America. Westminster is a local congregation of believers that helps to make up the one Presbyterian Church of America. Presbyterians believe that the church is to be governed by elders/presbyters who are elected by local congregations. Elders are called to shepherd the church with the understanding that Jesus is the Head Pastor and Shepherd of the church (Ephesians 2 through 4). To learn more about the PCA go here.
The word church, εκκλησια (ekk-lay-see-ah) in greek and קָהָל (ka-hall) in hebrew, means "assembly of God." In the Old Testament, "church" had its greatest significance in the dramatic event of the Exodus. At the Exodus, God delivered his people out of slavery in Egypt, and he assembled them at the foot of Mt. Sinai, as a church, to worship Him. The word returns in the New Testament when Jesus says that he will build his church and that not even the gates of Hell will prevail against it (Matt. 16).
Jesus, through his life, death, and resurrection, delivered sinners from bondage to their own sin and rebellion against God. An even better exodus indeed! Westminster PCA is part of that assembly, built by Christ, for the purpose of worshiping and serving God in all that we think, in all that we love, and in all that we do. The church is also called "the household of God" and "the pillar and foundation of truth" (1 Timothy 3). For this reason, Westminster's logo is a pillar, to remind us that the church is God's household, built on his truth and made to be a guardian and herald of that truth. To learn more about how Westminster is striving to grow and be built up as a part of Christ's church, visit our Vision page.