What We Believe

The Bible is the source of what we believe and what we teach. As a Presbyterian Church, we affirm the creeds that are consistent, first of all, with Scripture and, secondly, with the teachings of the Protestant Reformers.

THE BIBLE

The Holy Scriptures are special revelation from God and are necessary to provide mankind the knowledge of God’s means of salvation. The sixty-six books of the Bible are the written Word of God. The Holy Scriptures bear the authority of God and are to be believed and obeyed. The entirety of the Bible is infallibly true.

GOD

There is only one true God, and this God is triune in nature. God is inseparable and indivisibly one in essence and He exists eternally in three Persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father created all things by the word of His power. Yet each Person of the Trinity was involved in Creation. The Son is eternally begotten of the Father and, in the fullness of time, took on a human nature in the Person of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is personal and proceeds from the Father and the Son.

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, God incarnate. He is fully God and fully man. He alone is the Savior of humankind. According to God’s sovereign plan, Jesus died a sacrificial death on the cross to atone for the sins of those who place their faith in Him.

THE CONDITION OF HUMANITY

All people are sinners and are completely incapable of saving themselves from the displeasure of God by their own efforts.

SALVATION

Salvation comes only as a result of God’s grace. God dispenses His grave according to His most wise and holy will. God chooses, or elects, those whom He will save, not based upon any merit within the person or any foreseen faith.

FAITH

The salvation that Jesus Christ accomplished may be appropriated by placing one’s faith in Christ, and in Him alone. As we trust in Christ and entrust ourselves to His Lordship over our lives, we are delivered from the bondage of sin.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit comes to dwell within every true believer and actively works in them to guide them, to empower them to do God’s will, and to transform their thinking and behavior to conform to God’s ways.

THE RETURN OF CHRIST

Jesus Christ will come again with power and glory, and He will render judgment upon all mankind. He will return bodily and visibly.

THE RESURRECTION

The dead will be raised upon the return of Christ: some to everlasting life and others to everlasting torment.

THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH

Christ has commissioned all of His followers to communicate the Good News of salvation to people of every tribe, tongue, and nation such that people might hear the Gospel, repent of their sins, trust in Christ, and inherit everlasting life.