What We believe
- We believe in the one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that Jesus Christ came to lead an earthly life even as the Son of God.
- We identify as being part of the Reformed Tradition, which means we believe that we are saved by grace through faith and are led by Scripture.
As Presbyterians, we believe that…
- God is the majestic, holy God who creates, sustains, and redeems the world.
- We are called by God to do God’s work in the world.
- Our God is a relational God.
- Humanity is broken, and our temptation is to make idols out of ourselves, people, and other worldly goods.
- We are called to work as a community for justice as we are called to do by Jesus Christ.
Learn more about our theology and stance on social issues below.
Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin are still at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of Scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. What these tenets mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone’s job — ministers and lay people alike — to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.
The General Assembly “affirms its conviction that neither the Church as the body of Christ, nor Christians as individuals, can be neutral or indifferent toward evil in the world; affirms its responsibility to speak on social and moral issues for the encouragement and instruction of the Church and its members, seeking earnestly both to know the mind of Christ and to speak always in humility and love; reminds the churches that their duty is not only to encourage and train their members in daily obedience to God’s will, but corporately to reveal God’s grace in places of suffering and need, to resist the forces that tyrannize, and to support the forces that restore the dignity of all men as the children of God, for only so is the gospel most fully proclaimed; . . .” (1958 Statement – PC(USA), p. 537).Learn More