Touching our Community with God’s Grace
COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
OUR CORE DISTINCTIVES
We are evangelical. This means that we take our stand with all those who believe in what historically were called “the fundamentals”: the existence of the triune God, the deity of Jesus, the virgin birth, the substitutionary and vicarious atonement of Christ, the physical resurrection of Christ, the sure return of Christ, and the infallibility & divine authority of the Bible. We joyfully affirm our unity with those from every tradition and denomination who hold to these fundamentals, including those true believers in Christ who, for whatever reasons, find themselves members of denominations or churches with which we might have certain disagreements.
We are evangelistic. We are committed to fulfilling the Great Commission, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Without compromising the sovereignty of God, we affirm the responsibility of each person to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and our responsibility to extend the Gospel invitation as a call to salvation to everyone who hears its message.
We are reformed. We believe that the reformed faith is biblical faith. Reformed distinctives include the sovereignty of God in His creation, providence and election of believers apart from any merit of their own; the irresistible grace of God provided for and preceding the faith of the individual; the sufficiency of God’s grace apart from which man is dead in sin and wholly defiled in all his faculties of soul and body; the efficacy of Christ’s death for all those who believe in Him by grace; the safe-guarding of all those for whom Christ died for eternity.
We are confessional. This means that we have a written confession of faith, which we believe to be a good and accurate summary of the Bible’s teaching. Our confession consists of the Westminster Confession of Faith, both the Larger and Shorter Westminster Catechisms.
We are covenantal. To say we are covenantal means we believe that the unifying principle of the Scriptures is the one covenant of grace that God made with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and finally, and most importantly, finds fulfillment in Jesus Christ. To speak of the unity of the covenants means that there is one way and one way only to salvation in both the Old and New Testaments – that is, by faith in Christ alone.
We are Presbyterian. This word refers to our form of governance. It is our belief that the clearest biblical pattern is for churches to be governed by presbyters (elders) who rule jointly in what are called “church courts,” which are called sessions, presbyteries, and the General Assembly.