The Authority of the Scripture
In confusing times, it is imperative to define how we make difficult decisions. We affirm that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are inspired by God and authoritative to direct the behavior of God’s people in matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 119:2-4). We also affirm the primacy of the Scriptures over all other creeds, which exist to reflect the teaching and affirmations of the Scripture in certain times and situations.
In everything we seek humility and reliance on God’s Spirit to guide us. God is judge, not human beings. Our faith compels us not to pass judgment, but to preach and live the gospel in loving relationships, with urgency and respect for all. Like the Reformers we proclaim: in essentials, unity; in non-essentials, diversity; in all things, charity.
From every walk of life, we are leading our generation into a transforming relationship with Jesus and authentic community with each other so that everyone in the church can flourish.
The Authority of Scripture - 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.
Justification by Grace through Faith- Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments.
The Priesthood of All Believers - It is everyone’s job- ministers and lay people alike - to share this Good News with the whole world. The Presbyterian Church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.
The Sovereignty of God - God is the supreme authority throughout the universe.
We believe the Spirit of God is now available so we can be closer to God than the air we breathe. (John 14:26; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:26; Galatians 3:14; Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe the Church is the community through which God wants to bring love, healing, and growth to the human race, to which he invites everyone who is willing to follow Jesus to join. (Matthew 18:18-20; John 1:12-13; Acts 1:8; Galatians 3:28; 1 Peter 2:9)