Presbyterians have always been known for being oriented towards doctrinal matters. This is not to say that we donít have big hearts and warm feelings, too! But we do believe that since God is the God of truth, it is important to set forth, in a systematic fashion who God is and what He requires of us. Our heart and feelings are then arise from that truth and embrace it with great joy and confidence knowing that they are rooted in the Bible.
We believe in the Trinityóthat God has forever existed, in three Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
We believe that God is totally in charge of everything that happens in this world, and that He is working all things together for His own glory and for the good of His people.
We believe that God created all things by the word of His power, in six days, and all very good.
We believe that mankind fell into sin when our first parents, Adam and Eve, partook of the forbidden fruit.
We believe that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We believe that Jesus is truly God and truly man; that He lived a perfect life; that He died as our sacrifice for sin; that He rose again from the dead; that He ascended into heaven; and that He will some day return as Judge.
We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, and based completely on the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ alone óthat is, based solely on the righteous acts of Christ put to our account.
We believe that all those who profess faith in Christ should unite with the visible church, which He Himself has established for our good and His glory.
We believe that Christians should live holy lives. We believe in church discipline as a means of reclaiming professing Christians who stray into unrepentant sin.
This is merely a brief summary of our beliefs. If you have any questions about what we believe, we invite you to ask!
Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church
Our church is affiliated with the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (denomination) whose name describes some additional features about our beliefs.
a. Covenant reminds us of our belief in Godís unfailing commitment to His people and our bond to one another in Christ so as to capture the heart of both the Scriptures and our covenant documents and not their mere words alone;
b. Reformed describes our theology as rooted and grounded in the Scriptures and revived through the Protestant Reformation and that our church government contains the best of that found in churches of Reformed polity;
c. Presbyterian reminds us that our church government is by Christ ruling through a plurality of elders with equal votes though differing gifts and contains the best of that found in churches of Presbyterian polity;
d. Church reminds us again of our covenanted and spiritual unity with Christís one church.
Extended Statements of Faith
We certainly believe the Bible, but it is important to state what we believe about the Bible. The Bible is a large book and therefore, throughout church history it has become necessary to state clearly and precisely exactly what it is about the Bible that we believe. Therefore, we hold to the following extended statements of faith, otherwise known as confessions and canons. In addition to the confessions, there are teaching aids known as catechisms (questions and answers) which restate in more extensive ways (Larger Catechism and Heidelberg Catechism) or simpler ways (Shorter Catechism) what is contained in the confessions and canons.
Belgic Confession of Faith (coming soon)
Heidelberg Catechism (coming soon)
Canons of Dort (coming soon)