What do Presbyterians Believe?
- God created the universe.
- Humanity fell from grace and sinned against God and each another.
- Jesus Christ is God’s Son who lived sinless and died faultless.
- Forgiveness of sin is possible only through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- The Holy Spirit is the presence of God in the world and in the believer.
- The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is the authoritative source for faith and practice for all people.
- In the practice of two sacraments: the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.
- God calls us to live as Christians in our words and deeds: offering grace, catalyzing change and seeking justice.
WHAT IS A PRESBYTERIAN?
The history of the Presbyterian Church traces the growth and development of a unique group of Christians whose relationship with God is founded on the ideals of the Protestant Reformation and the concept of democratic rule under God’s Word. Our heritage - and much of what we believe - began with a German monk named Martin Luther, French lawyer John Calvin and a group of Scottish Christians.
In the New Testament, the Greek word PRESBYTEROS means “elder” and refers to the custom of choosing leaders and advisors from among the wisest members of the church. The name Presbyterian stems from this word, and reflects a style of church government where local congregations elect elders to lead them
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We believe Baptism is a sacrament - a visible sign that points to the invisible reality that God’s love for us doesn’t depend on our love for God.
- Unites us with Jesus Christ and makes us members of God’s family, the Church.
- Can be performed in another church—there is no need to be re-baptized in a Presbyterian church.
- Is a public confession of faith that must occur in worship.
We believe Communion is a sacrament - a visible sign that points to the invisible reality of God’s grace.
- Is a time to renew our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
- It strengthen us for God’s work in the world.