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What we Believe

We are a 'confessional' church. This means we have a written document that states concisely what we believe the Bible teaches. In the case of the Presbyterian Church, our 'document' is called the Westminster Confession of Faith. It certainly is not equal with the Bible in authority, but helps us understand the Bible.

<The Westminster Confession of Faith>

 

 

The Bible

The Bible, having been inspired by God, is entirely trustworthy
(infallible) and without error (inerrant). Therefore, we are to believe
and obey its teachings. The Bible is the only source of special revelation
for the church today.


God

The one true God is personal, yet beyond our comprehension. He is an
invisible spirit, completely self-sufficient and unbounded by space or
time, perfectly holy and just, and loving and merciful. In the unity of
the Godhead there are three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit.
God created the heavens and the earth, and all they contain. He upholds
and governs them in accordance with his eternal will. God is sovereign (in
complete control) yet this does not diminish human responsibility.


Fallen state of man

Because of the sin of the first man, Adam, all mankind is corrupt by
nature, dead in sin, and subject to the wrath of God. But God determined,
by a Covenant of Grace, that sinners may receive forgiveness and eternal
life through faith in Jesus Christ. Faith in Christ has always been the
only way of salvation, in both Old Testament and New Testament times.


Jesus Christ, our Redeemer

The Son of God took upon Himself a human nature in the womb of the virgin
Mary, so that in her son Jesus the divine and human natures were united in
one Person. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and died on a cross, bearing
the sins of, and receiving God's wrath for, all those who trust in Him for
salvation (his chosen ones). He rose from the dead and ascended into
heaven, where He sits as Lord and rules over his kingdom (the church). He
will return to judge the living and the dead, bringing his people (with
glorious, resurrected bodies) into eternal life, and consigning the wicked
to eternal punishment.


A new life in Jesus Christ

Those whom God has predestined unto life are effectually drawn to Christ
by the inner working of the Spirit as they hear the gospel. When they
believe in Christ, God declares them righteous (justifies them), pardoning
their sins and accepting them as righteous, not because of any
righteousness of their own, but by imputing Christ's merits to them. They
are adopted as the children of God and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who
sanctifies them, enabling them increasingly to stop sinning and act
righteously. They repent of their sins (both at their conversion and
thereafter), produce good works as the fruit of their faith, and persevere
to the end in communion with Christ, with assurance of their salvation.


Christian living

Believers strive to keep God's Moral Law, (the Ten Commandments), not to
earn salvation, but because they love their Saviour and want to obey Him.
God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to
live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor
and justice for the oppressed. With God's Word, the power of the Holy
Spirit, and fervent prayer in Christ's name, we are to combat the
spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ's commission, we are to
make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in
word and deed.


The Church

Christ has established his church, and particular churches, to gather and
perfect his people, by means of the ministry of the Word (the Bible), the
sacraments of baptism (which is to be administered to the children of
believers, as well as believers) and the Lord's Supper (in which the body
and blood of Christ are spiritually present to the faith of believers),
and the disciplining of members found delinquent in doctrine or life.
Christians assemble on the Lord's Day to worship God by praying, hearing
the Word of God read and preached, singing psalms and hymns, and receiving
the sacraments.


Christ's Return

Jesus Christ, now seated at the right hand of the Father, will one day
return to judge the living and the dead. This return of Christ will be
personal and bodily. The sure promise of the coming of Christ (at a time
known only to God) demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope,
motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic
mission.

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