What We Believe
One of the best ways to learn what we believe is by joining us for worship. Come for six weeks and you’ll get a good sense of who we are and what we value.
You can also learn about our beliefs by checking out the Presbyterian Church (USA), a Protestant denomination rooted in the Reformed faith of John Calvin.
God became a real person in Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was fully human and fully God at the same time (kind of like the way light is both a particle and a wave at the same time). God cares about you personally. Jesus is Lord and Savior.
God is in charge; not us. God is in control of all things and works in all things for good. There is no aspect of human existence beyond God’s control or interest. God provides all that we need, when we need it.
We are simply managers or stewards of our time, talents, possessions, bodies, health, etc. All of these things are God’s first. We are privileged by God to be able to use God’s blessings to bless others.
There’s no way to describe God completely. We come close when we say that God is one being in three “persons”—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is only one God. God’s full name is “Father, Son, Holy Spirit.” This is a pretty long name, but it works, and it’s true.
God gives us rights and responsibilities. These are part of God’s unconditional covenant with us in Jesus Christ.
God chooses (or “elects”) people for salvation AND service. We’ve all been gifted with time, talent, and treasure that can help others. We don’t know WHY God chose us, but we do know what God wants us to do: serve others in ways that give God joy.
The Bible, not any human teaching or idea, Platonic wisdom, or the latest book, is the ultimate guiding authority in matters of salvation. The Bible is the Word of God for our lives today when faithfully interpreted under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We interpret the Bible based on our best contemporary understanding of its original message. That’s why all Presbyterian pastors study Hebrew and Greek.
We can’t save ourselves, no matter how hard we try. Even our best efforts fall short. When we take hold of God’s grace by faith, we find ourselves forgiven and free—our falling short doesn’t matter any more. Once we realize this we can live for God, doing good out of thanksgiving for what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
Danger of Idolatry
We all tend to “worship” created things instead of the Creator.
Idolatry cheats us by leading to false hope: things can’t save us or even comfort us in the long run. Idolatry cheats God by leading us to praise idols (like money, power, security, and comfort) instead of God. God alone is worthy of our ultimate loyalty and love, not our bank account, or political party: not even our family.