What We Believe
“In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth praying, ‘Come, Lord Jesus.’ ”
— From “A Brief Statement of Faith”
“Christian worship joyfully ascribes all praise and honor, glory and power to the triune God. In worship, the people of God acknowledge God present in the world and in their lives. As they respond to God’s claim and redemptive action in Jesus Christ, believers are transformed and renewed. In worship, the faithful offer themselves to God and are equipped for God service in the world.”
— From Book of Order, “Directory for Worship,” Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) W-1.1000
Our congregation is a part of the Reformed tradition that dates back to the days of John Calvin. The highlights of this tradition include principles such as the sovereignty of God, the authority of scripture, and the priesthood of all believers.
We believe that God is lord of all, that God is revealed to us through both the scriptures and the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and through the work of the Holy Spirit in the world today.
Our salvation (justification) is not a product of our worth or works, but a profound and generous gift. It is everyone’s job - ministers and lay people alike - to share this good news with the world.
These beliefs are reflected in the fact that the Presbyterian Church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.
Points of interest
Presbyterians confess their beliefs through statements that have been adopted over the years and are contained in The Book of Confessions.
These statements reflect our understanding of God and what God expects of us at different times in history, but all are faithful to the fundamental beliefs described above.
Even though we share these common beliefs, Presbyterians understand that God alone is lord of the conscience, and it is up to each individual to understand what these principles mean in his or her life.