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OUR BELIEFS

As members of the Presbyterian Church (USA), we believe…

  • In a form of religious thought knows as Reformed theology.
  • In a form of government which stresses the active, representational leadership of ministers and church members.
  • That we are a connectional body of worshipers who participate in mission, ministry and organizational oversight of congregations locally (through a presbytery), regionally (through a synod), and nationally (through the General Assembly)
  • That the will of God may be better discerned by a collective body of believers rather than by a single individual, which is why the Presbyterian Church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women who represent the diversity of the congregation.
  • That some of the principles expressed by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are:

  • The sovereignty of God – that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe.
  • The authority of Scripture – that our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly as revealed in the New Testament through the life, teachings, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • Justification by grace through faith – this is God's generous gift to us and not something that we can earn through doing good works. (For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • The priesthood of all believers – that everyone is called to respond to this free gift through acts of ministry, mission, and service. We do not respond because we have to, but because we get to out of our love for all that Jesus has done for us.
  • That the mission and ministry of the church today is a continuation of God's work through history. Presbyterians believe the church is called to present the claims of Jesus Christ, leading persons to repentance, acceptance of Jesus as Savior and Lord, and to a new life as his disciples.
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