Beliefs

Doctrine: What We Believe

All orthodox churches should affirm this statement:

THE NICENE CREED

We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

What does Reformed mean?

Our historical roots extend to the Protestant Reformation.

  • Scripture Alone: The holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the Word of God, the only rule of faith and obedience.

  • Grace Alone: Salvation is God's gracious gift through Christ. 

  • Faith Alone: Justification before God is a one-time event that takes place through faith in Jesus. 

A summary of our doctrine is outlined in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

What does Presbyterian mean?

The word presbyterian means the church is "ruled by elders." We have three kinds of officers.

  • Teaching Elders (Pastors) preach the Word of God, baptize, and celebrate the Lord's supper.

  • Ruling Elders (with the Teaching Elders) rule the church. They help people understand and obey God's word.

  • Deacons serve the needy. They also manage the money of the church and care for the property.

What is our denomination?

Our denomination is the Presbyterian Church in America(PCA).