[dropcap]V[/dropcap]illa Rica is 35 miles west of downtown Atlanta in the rolling hills of West Georgia. We’ve been here since 1855. Our desire is to see the people of God mature as disciples and worship and live in a way that brings glory to God. We desire to see The Church and Kingdom of Jesus powerfully extended in Villa Rica and beyond.
PCA is our denominational affiliation – it stands for the Presbyterian Church in America, the second largest presbyterian church body in America. It has over 1808 churches with approximately 367,000 members and missions throughout the USA and Canada, including many here in north/central and northwest Georgia. The PCA was organized in 1973, when it separated from the mainline presbyterian denomination (now called the PCUSA).[pullquote-left]The PCA was organized in 1973, when it separated from the mainline presbyterian denomination (now called the PCUSA).[/pullquote-left] This was pursued out of concern over the long-developing theological liberalism which denied the deity of Jesus Christ and the authority of Scripture.
The influence of the PCA extends far beyond the walls of the local church. Mission to the World has 519 career missionaries in almost 60 nations of the world, 169 two-year missionaries, and over 6500 short term missionaries. In addition, PCA churches support an additional 690 career missionaries, covering over 130 nations. Further, with more than 100 chaplains in the military, Veterans Administration, prisons, and hospitals, and 45 college and university campus ministers, the Gospel is proclaimed to a rather large audience around the world not reached through usual outreach channels. God has given us a mind for seeking His truth and a heart to worship and glorify Him. [pullquote-right] God has given us a mind for seeking His truth and a heart to worship and glorify Him.[/pullquote-right] We emphasize education for our pastors, elders and members, there are many members of the PCA who are teachers and professors at all levels, including a significant number of large universities and theological seminaries.
The Presbyterian Church in America continues its commitment to evangelism world-wide and the building up of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. The PCA is headquartered in Lawrenceville, GA. Its website is www.pcanet.org.
What Is the Gospel?
“The good news of the Gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.” – R.C. Sproul
“The Gospel is the good news about the great salvation purchased by Jesus Christ, by which He reconciled sinful men to a holy God.” – Lorraine Boettner
“We must not suppose that if we succeeded in making everyone nice we should have saved their souls. A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world.” – C.S. Lewis
“…and Heaven have mercy on us all – Presbyterians and Pagans alike – for we are all dreadfully cracked about the head and desperately in need of mending.” – Herman Melville in “Moby Dick”
Preaching Should Be…?
“The Jesus that men want to see is not the Jesus they really need to see.” – G. Campbell Morgan
“It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher.” – George Whitefield
“The motto of all true servants of God must be, ‘We preach Christ; and him crucified.’ A sermon without Christ in it is like a loaf of bread without any flour in it. No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again until you have something worth preaching.” C.H. Spurgeon – July 1896
“Leave Christ out? O my brethren, better leave the pulpit out altogether. If a man can preach one sermon without mentioning Christ’s name in it, it ought to be his last, certainly the last that any Christian ought to go to hear him preach.” C.H. Spurgeon
“I’m not about to put up a silly skit and preach a 15-minute message on ‘how to cope’ to a multitude of people who are dying and going to hell. I tremble at the thought.” – David Wilkerson