University Presbyterian Church is a member 
of the Presbyterian Church in America.

2010 Wisconsin Ave, Las Cruces, NM88001
Phone: 505.522.0828 
Fax: 505.522.0175
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3. The Ethic: The virtue and the standard of our community

Our Motivation for Ministry

Because of Christ's love for us, we will pursue him above all things and seek to please him who tests our hearts. Therefore, we will carry out our mission by obedient faith expressing itself through love so that the world will know that we are Christ's disciples.

1 Timothy 1.5, 2 Corinthians 5.14, 1 Thessalonians 2.1-11, Galatians 3.11, 5.6, Hebrews 11.6, Matthew 22.36-40, John 13.35  

We believe that our mission cannot be accomplished without hearts motivated by faith in our God and Love for him and each other. We know that without faith it is impossible to please God and that his Law can be summed up in the command to Love God and each other. Therefore , faith and love should cause us to act as well as be an end in themselves. We pray that God will continually increase our faith and give us a testimony to the world bathed in devoted love for our God and Savior Jesus Christ and for each other. It is our hope that this congregation would be a living demonstration of the high priority that love is given in God's word.  

Our Means

The means for carrying out our mission are the ministry of the word, prayer, the sacraments, worship and the fellowship of the body of Christ in small groups and large groups, in the family and in the corporate body. The Bible, as the authoritative word of God by which we know him and his will for us, is to be believed and obeyed. We are commanded to pray on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests and not to give up. We are to use our gifts to nourish and edify one another for our mutual good as those who are united in Christ from whom the whole body, joined and held together, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. All these means are made effective by the Holy Spirit who gives us understanding of Scripture and empowers us for service.

Acts 2.42-47, 2 Timothy 3.16-17, 2 Peter 1.19-21, Matthew 7.7, Luke 18.1, Ephesians 6.18, Isaiah 62.6-7, Ephesians 4.16, 1 Corinthians 12.7, 1 Peter 4.10-11, 1 Corinthians 2.9-12  

Scripture gives us the means for carrying out the functions of the church and we will use these means in small groups as well as corporately. We commit to obeying the Bible as containing the whole purpose of God pertaining to his own glory and to our salvation, faith, and life. because we acknowledge our complete dependence on God and his inexhaustible resources, we also commit to calling on the Lord in prayer, giving ourselves no rest, until he establishes us. Our desire is that every member would add to the whole body his or her spiritual gifts and abilities to build up one another, loving the body of Christ and valuing the gifts God has given each one. We believe that it is through the Holy Spirit that our ministry is effective and so we seek his presence, empowering and strength in all things.  

Our Method

First, our method is to establish a specific plan for each ministry according to our current and future needs. Second, we will periodically evaluate each ministry and ministry plan as it relates to our stated purpose, mandate, mission and means. Also, the needs of the congregation will be periodically evaluated in various ways to determine if new ministries should be established and if existing ministries are still relevant and effective. As much as possible, we want to ensure that our ministry, a living organism, is flexible, sensitive, and able to allow freedom for different ministries to spring up from within the congregation.