What We Believe

There is no strict set of beliefs which unites Presbyterians or separated them from other followers of Christ. Like other Christians Presbyterians believe in God: Father and Creator of the Universe. Christ: the incarnation of God on earth. Holy Spirit: the presence of God in the world and in the believer. The church: a universal company of Christ’s followers. Forgiveness of sin: made possible by the crucifixion of Jesus. Life everlasting: shown by the resurrection of Jesus.
 
The Bible: the inspired word of God. For inspiration and guidance in there faith, Presbyterians have two main sources. Presbyterians have always believed that the Bible is the most authoritative source for faith and practice for all people. The Bible is an inspired record of the revelation of God to all. Presbyterians do not believe that the authors of the bible were “pens of God” as the pre-Christian writers believed but rather that they were “inspired” by God to reveal God to all people. Creeds and Confessions: are statements of doctrine, which express the beliefs of a church or congregation. Presbyterians believe in Heaven: we live in a universe controlled by God in which virtue is rewarded and sin punished. Hell: separation from God which may exist now as well as in the hereafter. The Trinity: God exists in the trinity of the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. Christ: Presbyterians believe that Christ is the Son of God, the Revealer of God and the Savior of Man. Virgin Birth: Jesus’ birth was miraculous. Mary: She is honored as the mother of Jesus, the special person chosen to bear the Son of God. Resurrection: of the body refers to a spiritual body and physical body.
 
Confession: is voluntary, and made directly to God, although it may be made in presence of a pastor. Salvation: God grants the gift of Grace, which enables us to gain Faith necessary for salvation. The Cross: The empty cross symbolizes the risen Christ who opened the Kingdom of Heaven. Marriage: In the sacredness of marriage; and attempt to curb divorce, encouraging young people to seriously prepare for marriage. Change: that the Holy Spirit constantly heightens truth, and thus admit different understandings of the Confession of Faith. Parenthood: There is nothing in the church’s teaching which discouraged intelligent unselfish family planning. Education: is stressed by Presbyterians, both for the ministry and the laity. The “only” church: Presbyterians believe that no Christian church has exclusive possession of the church government authorized by Christ.
 
Sacraments: Presbyterians recognize two sacraments described in the Bible. Baptism: this sacrament unites us with Jesus Christ and makes us members of God’s family, the Church. Baptism initiates us into the church community, and is a public confession of a statement of faith, guarantee’s access to Heaven and can be performed in another church, there is no need to be re-baptized in a Presbyterian Church. Communion: also called The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or the Eucharist is a time to renew faith and strengthen participants for the duties and privileges of Christian service. In Communion the Bread and juice represent the sacrificial body and blood of Christ and recall the last meal shared with the Apostles. Together they symbolize the New Covenant between God and all people.