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Jesus said, “On this rock I will build my church” – Matthew 16:18

What We Believe

The following statement forms our Articles of Faith.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive statement of all that we believe, but rather it is a compilation of the essential truths of historic Christianity that we believe as followers of Jesus Christ.

Scriptures

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as verbally inspired of God and inerrant in the original writing and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life. (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11-13; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:21)

God

We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 48:16,17; Matthew 28:18-20; John 10:30)

The Person of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of Mary while she was still a virgin and that He is true God and true man. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 2:1-20; John 1:1-14; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:14-18)

The Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. (Isaiah 53:6; Acts 13:38,39; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; 1 John 2:1,2)

The Resurrection of Christ

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate. (Luke 24:1-53; Acts 2:31-33; 1 Corinthians 15:1-58; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1)

The Return of Christ

We believe in the blessed hope and the personal imminent return of our Lord and Savior to the earth with all His saints. (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:1-11; Revelation 19:11-21)

Humanity

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God; that all human beings are born with a sinful nature; and that those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in word and thought and deed. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23, 5:12, 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:21,22)

Salvation

We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become children of God, indwelled and sealed by the Holy Spirit, and preserved unto the day of redemption. (John 3:5, 10:28; Romans 2:8,9, 8:35-39; Ephesians 13-14; 1 Peter 1:23)

Eternal Destiny

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the conscious everlasting punishment of the lost. (Daniel 12:2-4; John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15:1-58; Revelation 20:4,5)

The Church

We believe that all the saved are called unto a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices and are under obligation to all the world by life and word to the truth and proclamation of the gospel. (Matthew 5:16; 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:1,2; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Galatians 5:22,23)

Our Values

Pittsford Community Church exists to glorify God through the power of the Holy Spirit by making disciples of Jesus Christ who are devoted to God’s Word, fellowship, worship, prayer, service, and evangelism both locally and globally. How do we do this?  Our shared values:

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Gospel Clarity: We cherish the message of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection and the hope it provides for the renewal of the whole world. Therefore, we weave the gospel into every decision, demand, doctrine, and delight (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

 

 

 

Biblical Fidelity: We cherish Holy Scripture. The Bible oversees every facet of our worship of God and service to one another as well as the surrounding community. Therefore, as a church, we perpetually examine the Bible’s teaching in order to reform and refine ourselves and our strategies (Psalm 19:7-14; 1 Timothy 3:16).

 

 

 

Humble Community: We cherish the process of becoming a humble community of Christ followers. Therefore, we seek to honor God as God in all our endeavors, relate to one another in honest, edifying ways, and measure greatness in terms of sacrificial service to Jesus, one another, and the world (Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 5:5-11).

 

 

 

Missional Strategy: We cherish the role Jesus gives us to play in God’s grand redemptive story. We believe every follower of Christ is called to serve Jesus by making disciples. Therefore, we encourage and equip one another to do so in the relational cross-sections of day-to-day life (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 17:16-34).

 

 

 

Sacrificial Generosity: We cherish the opportunity we have to leverage our time, talent, and treasure towards caring for the urgent physical and spiritual needs of our neighbors both near and far. Therefore, we seek to glorify God’s grace by giving generously towards that which advances and accentuates the priorities of the kingdom of God (Luke 10:25-37; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15).

 

 

 

Cultural Integrity: We are called to be a distinct community within Pittsford for the sake of Pittsford. We desire to contribute to the overall welfare of this and surrounding communities by expressing and embodying the ethics of God’s kingdom. Therefore, we encourage Christian engagement within our communities with integrity, authenticity, faithfulness, and excellence (Matthew 5:13-16; Colossians 3:23).

 

 

 

Global Mentality: We cherish God’s gospel as good news for the whole world. The message of being reconciled to God through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is too powerful and too precious to remain among one group of people. Therefore, we are compelled by love to take the gospel to all people everywhere (Psalm 67; 2 Corinthians 5:11-21).

Our History

On January 9, 1983, two Bible study groups met under the leadership of the founding pastor, Dr. W. Millar Crawford at the Pittsford Recreation Center to form Pittsford Community Church (PCC). The congregation moved to St. John Fisher College in July 1983. In September 1983 a group held an overnight retreat at the Watson Homestead to discuss doctrine and form a constitution. In addition to Sunday services, home Bible study groups continued to be an important part of the life of PCC. Pastor Dana Goodnough joined the PCC ministry team in September 1985.

 

In early 1990, Winton Road Baptist Church joined Pittsford Community Church and PCC became a part of the North American Baptist Conference.

Later that year, Pastor Crawford retired and Pastor Goodnough was elected to take the role of Senior Pastor. In May of 1991, the congregation moved to its new home on Marsh Road. An addition to this building, including a Family Life Center, was completed in 2003.

 

PCC planted a daughter church, Victor Community Church, in 2008, a congregation that continues to reach out to its community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Over the years, PCC has supported missionaries around the world, commissioned several missionaries from its own congregation, sent dozens of members on short-term mission activities, and ordained several pastors who still serve in the area. God has blessed and continues to bless Pittsford Community Church.

PCC planted a daughter church, Victor Community Church, in 2008, a congregation that continues to reach out to its community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Over the years, PCC has supported missionaries around the world, commissioned several missionaries from its own congregation, sent dozens of members on short-term mission activities, and ordained several pastors who still serve in the area. God has blessed and continues to bless Pittsford Community Church.