Circle Presbyterian Church in Pace, FL (Circle PCA) is a church plant of the Presbyterian Church in America with the goal of reaching an emerging generation with the timeless truth of the gospel. Our goal is to serve those living within the Pace / University of West Florida (UWF) circle of North West Pensacola and the surrounding areas of North West Florida. In addition to defining our target area, the circle is historically the symbol for eternal life. In Ecclesiastes 3:11 we read, “God has set eternity in the hearts of men.”
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Sunday 9:30amWe are located at 4285 Woodbine Road Pace, Fl 32571
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What to expect:
- Expect us to be authentic, casual and friendly. If you are stressed out by being with us, then we will have failed. Dress is everyday casual.
- Expect us to be family friendly. Our church is comprised of young families with children who are welcome in our worship. A cry room is provided in the worship space when you need it.
- A new, fully equipped and spacious nursery is available for infants to age three and may be easily accessed from the worship area by parents. You will need a cell phone with text capability in order for us to communicate with you during the service if necessary.
- Expect to be needed. Circle is a place to exercise your spiritual gifts within the context of a forming congregation and one that allows you to learn and if necessary, to fail.
Sometimes, people come into a relationship with Jesus and with other Christians and they immediately assume that they are to live up to all the expectation of Christ-likeness overnight. They think that to be a Christian means to talk a certain way, act a certain way, listen to Christian music, read Christian books, know and speak theology intelligently—from day one—and the sure successive failure of being able to do so thrusts them into depression, despair, or worse—a feigned, false form of outward righteousness that is more hypocrisy than it is true religion. Rather than resting on the finished work of Christ, such persons are horribly trapped in the daily endeavor to earn their salvation over and over again. Such people never enjoy assurance, are often depressed and angry, and sometimes leave the church in frustration to return to their old way of life. Such persons confuse justification with sanctification from the get go. They forget the wonderful gospel of Jesus as the good news that Jesus came to die for helpless, hopeless sinners, and that without His grace and mercy, they would never, ever be able to live up to a standard of righteousness which might earn them eternal life. Once we are in Christ, there is nothing left to prove on our part. This is a huge realization for many new Christians. And once they come to understand it and embrace it, they find themselves humble, grateful, and ever hungry for a deeper understanding of the mystery of the gospel. Hypocrisy and a true understanding of justification are incompatible.
The same is true for sanctification. Being a progressive work of God’s grace, becoming more and more like Jesus takes time. A lot of time. And it looks different than what one might expect. Christians saved by grace often forget that they are just creatures, created in the image of God, fallen, redeemed and being transformed by the Holy Spirit over time. They also forget that attaining what God desires for them to be will not be complete until they are one day finally perfected in heaven. As the Apostle Paul grew in maturity, he also grasped how much he was personally “the chief of sinners” in his own estimation and constantly a spiritual man at odds with his own flesh (Rom.7). But Paul also knew how to constantly look to the cross and preach the gospel to himself. People who do not understand progressive sanctification refuse to allow themselves or others to struggle. They are shocked every time a professing Christian fails to measure up to some arbitrary standard. The church is sadly full of AWOL believers who failed, as most of us will do (1 JN 1:5-10), but who were also ostracized, harshly judged, and inadvertently run off from the very ones who eloquently preached the doctrines of grace to them.
The church ought to be a community of believers, who have genuine, grace-filled relationships with one another—understanding justification and sanctification so well that they give themselves and others room to breathe, room to doubt and yes, room to fail. Right orthodoxy leads to right orthopraxy.
Reformed churches are happy churches, grace-filled churches, mature in doctrine and mature in practice which makes for humble, winsome, patient, longsuffering, trust-confidence relationships between believers. This is the kind of church we pray to be!
[Excerpt from Circle's Philosophy of Ministry Statement]