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What We Believe

We are Presbyterian in structure, which means that we are goverened by Elders (Presbyters) elected by the congregation.

Being Presbyterian, we are also “Reformed”. This means that many of our roots are in the Protestant Reformation of the 1500s. We stand in the tradition of Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and others.

We hold to the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Westminster Standards. We incorporate all three in our worship service.

The Westminster Standards include the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. While they are subordinate to Scripture, we believe they are good, reliable, and accurate summaries of Scripture. Adherence to them is not a requirement for membership; it is however required for any leadership or teaching positions within our church.

Our Basic Beliefs

 

Scripture

We believe and confess that the Bible is the infallible and inerrant Word of God, without error in the original manuscripts. It has absolute authority in all matters of doctrine and practice.

Trinity

In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, of one substance (or essence), power, and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Sin

Adam, as representative head, sinned for all mankind.  All men and women are born radically corrupt and unable to save themselves or even cooperate with God in their salvation.

Salvation

We are saved from our sins, therefore, by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone supremely for the glory of God.

Christ

Christ, the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, was both fully God and fully man, and he alone is our Savior.

His Resurrection

Christ died and rose again from the dead on the third day.

Holy Spirit

He is, together with the Father and the Son, the true and eternal God.  He is also given to me, to make me – by true faith – to share in Christ and all his benefits, to comfort me, and to remain with me forever.

Christ’s Return

Christ shall return to judge the living and the dead.