New St. Peter’s exists in Dallas to reach both Christians and non-Christians in their doubt and denial with the reality of redemption, found by faith in Jesus Christ alone, and to equip them to serve God’s kingdom purposes in all of life—church, home, school, work, and neighborhood.
We invite you to come and receive with us these things from God's generous hand:
Reason: "Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) Through God’s Word He reasons with both our minds and our souls to persuade us to believe the gospel. By reasoning with people from the Scriptures, we want to enable them to effectively and freely explore the gospel and address their doubts about it. We invite you to consider with us the reasoning of God’s Word.
Rest: “Thus says the LORD, ‘Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16) The ancient path, the good way, is the grace of God freely offered to us in Jesus Christ. By this justifying grace, God receives and accepts us as His beloved sons and daughters who no longer need to strive for His approval but rather live by the Spirit, resting in the righteousness of Christ. We invite you to rest with us in God’s justifying grace.
Renewal: “Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24) The grace of God promises renewal in Jesus. That same grace that acts to justify us before God also works to sanctify us, renewing in us the image of our Creator in tangible ways. And as He works to make us new, God also works through us for the renewal of society in our neighborhoods. We invite you to experience with us God’s sanctifying renewal.
Restoration: “Jesus must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore all things, as He promised long ago through His holy prophets.” (Acts 3:21) This world is not as it should be, and that includes ourselves. God has inaugurated His kingdom in the coming of Christ, but its coming in full will bring with it the restoration of all things in glory. With this hope, we eagerly anticipate being restored to the wholeness of our humanity as we were meant to be. We invite you to anticipate with us God’s glorious restoration.
Just like an individual, an organization behaves in accordance with the things it values most. Following are some very important realities that we long to have shape the behavior - the ministry - of our church. We aspire to be:
Gospel-Centered: The gospel of grace is completely unlike religion (God will accept me if I do what he requires), and it is completely unlike irreligion (God, if one exists, accepts all regardless of what we do). Instead, the one true God, who created all things, is pursuing people, the bearers of His image, to redeem them as His own, and this He does by grace from first to last.
Worship-Focused: All people
acknowledge worth, weight, significance as they seek after life. We were made
for this, but the one true God calls us to worship Him alone. In the corporate
worship of the Church God’s means of grace are most acutely at work to convict
and persuade and give life.
Kingdom-Minded: God is establishing
His kingdom by way of His redemptive work in and through the church. By His
Word and Sacraments He administers His grace to all who would receive it. But
that kingdom story is bigger than any one local church. We long to see God’s
blessings flow to our neighbors and beyond, so we support church planting as
well as faithful gospel ministry partners locally, nationally, and globally.
People-Sensitive: They bear the image
of God, so they are of infinite worth. That image is scarred by the fall, so
people have needs, questions and doubts. We value and respect this reality and
desire to see these satisfied in the gospel. Yet that image is irrepressible,
so people have gifts with which to serve their Maker. We desire to see those
gifts engaged in ministry as people learn to see their own story in the light
of God’s work.
Connection-Seeking: Being Presbyterian means we’re a connectional church. We’re connected to other churches both today and from the past. We also long to see people make meaningful, redemptive connections – to God, to other people, to this city, and to the broader culture in which we live.
New St. Peter's is a confessional church - we have a confession of faith. Many might want to say, "I believe in no creed but Christ." But what exactly do you believe about Christ? The church has always needed to state definitively what it believes about Christ and so we have always used creeds and confessions.
In our case, as a Presbyterian church (PCA) we use the historic confession of Presbyterianism, The Westminster Confession of Faith. The Confession is subordinate to Scripture but drawn from Scripture. It does not have the same authority as the Bible, but it is biblical and therefore holds serious authority for Presbyterians. ‘Confessional' means that we are not making things up as we go. We have been handed down a clearly articulated theology drawn from Scripture and applicable for Christian living.
The rooster is the symbol of Peter's denial of Christ. The old St. Peter, in weakness, denied Christ. The new St. Peter, by the grace of God, was restored by Christ. We are all doubters and deniers, including Christians, and we must never forget who we are. In our logo there is also an image depicting our hope. The crowing rooster is clutching in its talons a cross, the symbol of our redemption. Because Jesus Christ has died as if He were the worst of doubters, the worst of deniers, we are called to leave our many treasons, to believe in the work of Christ's redemption, and cling to it (Matt. 16.13-20). We must never forget what Christ has done for us. Poor old, bumbling Peter...made new by the grace of the cross. Poor old, bumbling us...we need the same.