As a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), we believe the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms to be accurate summaries of the teachings of the Bible.
We believe the only way we can truly know anything about God, and man in his relationship to God, is if God reveals Himself to us. We believe the Bible is such a revelation. Though written by human authors, they were so led by the Holy Spirit that what they wrote was the very Word of God and, as such, is the only infallible authority in all matters of faith and life.
We believe that God is triune, that is, one God in three persons— the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that when Adam and Eve sinned against God all mankind fell with them so that, since Adam, all are born with a sinful nature and are unable, on their own, to do anything to make themselves right with God and, that being the case, we are deserving of God’s eternal punishment.
We believe that God, in His eternal love, mercy, and grace, planned from all eternity to save a people to Himself. He did so by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to take on human flesh and, as the second Adam, live a life of perfect obedience to fulfill the righteous demands of God’s law. Christ, born of a virgin, was both fully God and fully man. He willingly suffered and died on the cross, bearing the wrath of God, and was resurrected from the dead on the third day, so that whoever trusts in Him for salvation is credited with His righteousness and is justified in the sight of God.
We believe that God is the creator of all things, including man, therefore we are responsible to live a life of obedience and trust in our Creator.
We believe that all who truly trust in Christ are sealed with the Holy Spirit, who abides in them and begins the work of sanctification, making them more like Christ. Upon the death of a believer, God instantly completes the work of sanctification making the believer fit for everlasting life in God’s presence in heaven.
We believe the Church is the body of Christ on Earth and is called to worship God, proclaim the Gospel in both word and deed, and build up one another in the love of Christ.
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by Christ himself. The first is connected with entrance into the new covenant community, and the second with ongoing covenant renewal. Together, they are God’s pledge to us, a divinely ordained means of grace, and our public vows of submission to Christ and anticipation of his return.
We believe in the personal, glorious, bodily return of Christ with his holy angels, when he will exercise his role as final Judge, and his kingdom will be completed.