We are confident in the essentials of our Christian faith and the principles of the Presbyterian Church (USA) as living examples of Christ’s love for His church. These essentials unite us and guide us; they inform our worship, learning, and work. They are a source of energy, direction, and spiritual growth.
We are Christian, Reformed, and Presbyterian:
With Christians everywhere, we affirm the essential tenets of our faith: we trust in the One triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. The Word of God became incarnate in Jesus Christ, who proclaimed the reign of God, was crucified and raised from the dead, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.
With our brothers and sisters of the Reformed tradition, we affirm the justification of human beings by grace through faith; we affirm the priesthood of all believers; and we affirm that Scripture, rather than institutions, is the final authority for salvation and the life of faith.
As Presbyterian Christians in this time and this place, we affirm that we are each called to seek truth with our hearts, minds, and spirits. We work to ground people in the biblical tradition, as well as to enable them to cope with modernity. Effective preaching, teaching, and personal witness require disciplined study of both the Bible and the contemporary world in its many forms, including science and academic inquiry. The Scriptures are given to us under the guidance of the Holy Spirit; yet because they are also the words of human beings, we are therefore obliged to approach the Scriptures with literary and historical understanding. In accord with a moderate, inclusive theological orientation, we welcome diversity of theological positions consistent with the Reformed tradition.
In all times and in all places we strive to balance the engagement of our souls in a personal relationship with God; the engagement of our minds in seeking the truth; and the engagement of our hands and hearts in serving our neighbors, all elements combining and each complementing the others, the whole entered into fully and joyfully, with energy and love.
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