Welcome to the website of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Mississippi. We are thankful for your interest in First Presbyterian Church. The First Presbyterian Church of Jackson has been a steadfast witness to historic, Reformed, Christianity for over 175 years.
The church’s first minister was the Reverend Peter Donan (who did his studies at Princeton in the days of Charles Hodge and Samuel Miller). He and his little flock organized First Presbyterian Church on April 8, 1837, in a meeting held in the Capitol Building at the northeast corner of North President and Capitol Streets in downtown Jackson. Massive changes have occurred in our world and culture since then, but the First Presbyterian Church still holds fast “the confession of our hope without wavering” (Hebrews 10:23). What do we mean by that? At least five things.
Committed to the Bible
First, we are committed to the Bible, God’s inerrant and infallible word, as the final authority for faith and life. We view the faithful preaching (and hearing) of God’s Word as essential to growth in the Christian life.
Committed to the Reformed Faith
Second, we are committed to the Reformed faith, as set forth in the historic Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms (Shorterand Larger). This is the best known of the seventeenth-century Protestant statements of faith. The doctrines of grace of our Confession are beloved to Reformed Christians because they are biblical and emphasize the sovereignty of God in salvation. “God saves sinners” is the rich motto of the Reformed faith.
Committed to the Great Commission
Third, holding fast without wavering means that we are committed to the Great Commission, and so we support more than 100 missionaries and evangelists at home and abroad. We are determined to be faithful in doing and supporting the work of evangelism here and around the world.
Committed to Christian Fellowship
Fourth, we are committed to the biblical teaching on the communion of saints. As a church we seek to foster real Christian fellowship, mutual concern, and love in the life of the congregation.
Programs and committees are no substitute for holy and compassionate relationships. We aim to be what God calls his people to be: a family — naturally and practically caring for one another and discipling one another in the good times and the bad. Our goal, then, is to be a loving community of believers in Christ, truly committed to one another.
Committed to God-Sent Revival
Finally, like our forebears, we believe that the only hope for the world is in the spiritual regeneration of souls wrought by God through Jesus Christ, and so we fervently pray for God-sent revival in our lives, our church, our city, and our land.