Beliefs

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NRSV)

God comes to us with grace through his son Jesus, who lived among us, and died for our sins. On Easter Jesus conquered death through his resurrection to provide us the gift of eternal life. We show our gratitude by worshiping God and caring for each other, our neighbors, and our world. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we seek to shine God’s light in a world darkened by sin.

We are a part of the Presbyterian Church USA, a Christian denomination rooted in the historic tradition of the Protestant Reformation. Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: we follow a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology, and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.

Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings gave birth to the Reformed tradition. Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these beliefs are:

  • The sovereignty of God
  • The centrality of Jesus Christ
  • The authority of scripture
  • Justification by grace through faith

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.