Touching our Community with God’s Grace
COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
OUR ESSENTIAL BELIEFS
The following is a concise statement of our beliefs. For a more in-depth examination of our theology, we suggest the Westminster Confession of Faith and, above all, the Holy Bible. Truth is important. We believe the Bible speaks with great clarity on the most foundational issues. No matter where you are in sorting through what you believe about Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity, you’re welcome to explore with us.
Bibliology: The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice. God loves to communicate with the people He created and the Bible is the book He wrote to do just that. In its perfect pages He tells us all we need to know for this life and the life to come. The Bible has authority over all we do.
Theology Proper: There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who are to be equally loved, honored, and adored. God had no beginning and will have no end. He is infinitely powerful, beautiful, and perfect in every conceivable way. He exists in relationship with Himself, as one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Creation and Fall: All mankind participated in Adam's tragic fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally helpless. Humanity was created by God – in His image – to be in relationship with Him. As such, every person on the face of the earth is of great value, possesses great dignity, and is worthy of great respect. Sin is the rejection of relationship with God. Every person ever created has done this by doing things we shouldn’t do and by not doing the things we should. Such actions destroy our relationship with God, are offensive to Him, and are counterproductive to our own joy.
Jesus: Jesus came to restore our relationship with God. Being fully God and fully human He did so by becoming our substitute: living the perfect life we couldn’t live, dying on the cross to pay the punishment our sin deserves, then rising again to conquer death.
The Holy Spirit: God does not leave believers to make it through life on their own. Instead, He sends the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts. The Holy Spirit leads us into truth and gives us strength to follow Jesus.
Soteriology: The Sovereign God, for no other reason than His own unfathomable love and mercy, has chosen lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit and through the atoning death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ. Salvation Those sinners whom the Spirit quickens, come to believe in Christ as Savior by the Word of God, are born again, become sons of God, and will persevere to the end. (Justification is by faith and through it the undeserving sinner is clothed with the righteousness of Christ.) There is absolutely nothing we can do to restore our relationship with God. No amount of work, effort, or good intentions can mend the mess we’ve made. Salvation can only come through Jesus. Consequently, it’s a free gift: God reaches out in sovereign grace and draws us back into relationship through His Son. Why? Simply because He loves us.
Ecclesiology: Baptism is a sign of God's covenant and is properly administered to children of believers in their infancy as well as to those who come as adults to trust in Christ. Community is at the very heart of who God is and so He gave us the church. We walk, not only with God, but also with other believers, loving one another well and working together to see God’s purposes for humanity fulfilled here on earth.
Eschatology: (The Future) Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. (At death the Christian's soul passes immediately into the presence of God and the unbeliever's soul is eternally separated from God unto condemnation.)
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