These ten essential tenets express our Presbyterian faith and represent major themes found in the Bible. These beliefs are meant not to exclude people from salvation or from our specific congregation but to help us understand the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ who is constantly reaching out to humanity.
- The TRINITY is the existence of God in three distinct persons: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. These three distinct persons form but ONE God.
- The INCARNATION of God in the human form of Jesus of Nazareth. God, who is spirit, came to earth in a human form, lived, taught, died and rose from death and now reigns at the right hand of God.
- We are JUSTIFIED BY FAITH ALONE in Jesus Christ. We do not need to do anything to be saved. We are accepted by God as we love and accept Jesus as the Christ.
- The AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE is the rule of faith in the life of the individual Christian and of the church. All human opinion and decision is subject to the order we find in Scripture.
- The SOVERIGNTY OF GOD is the recognition by believers that God’s rule in life is primary. No other political, social or spiritual power is worthy of our worship.
- ELECTION is God’s choice of people for salvation and service.
- The COVENANT is God’s agreement (spiritual contract) with humanity, dramatized in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, that God will love and care for humanity forever.
- STEWARDSHIP is the charge all humans have, under God’s authority, to care for God’s creation. We are obliged to use our gifts in wise and unselfish ways to honor God.
- SIN means literally (in Hebrew) to miss the mark. Humans do not live consistently for God or in conformity to God’s perfect will. That tendency to fail in obedience, either deliberately or accidentally is sin. Humans are naturally prone to make these mistakes and need the forgiveness of Jesus Christ to reestablish our covenant relationship with God.
- OBEDIENCE to the Word of God is a requirement for all Christians. Once we are redeemed by Jesus Christ and hear his message to us, we respond by conforming to that Word (meaning of the gospel) and acting upon God’s directives to us. The Holy Spirit helps us to do what God requires (to seek justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.).
PRESBYTERIAN comes from the Greek word in the New Testament (Acts 14:23) presbuterous Elder. We are a congregation led and taught by elders (presbyters), democratically elected, and called by God to practice their gifts of ministry.