What We Believe

What We Believe

The Word of God found in the 66 books of the Bible is our one infallible and preeminent authority for faith and life. It contains everything we need for life and godliness. For this reason our Sunday worship services and all our ministries focus on teaching and preaching the Scriptures. The primary approach to the preaching you will hear on Sunday morning is the verse-by-verse exposition of Scriptural texts.  

The Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed are historic summaries of what we believe. We use these in our worship services from time to time.

A fuller statement of what we believe is found in the Westminster Confession of Faith along with the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms. These detailed doctrinal statements were written in the early 1600s in England by dozens of Puritan scholars and pastors who worked together for years. This great Reformation creed has stood the test of time over the centuries. It was once the standard of faith for all Presbyterian bodies. It is a faithful summary of Biblical doctrine but, as a man-made document, it is always secondary in authority to the Bible itself. All ordained officers of the Presbyterian Church in America take a solemn oath that says they affirm these documents as “representing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures.”

Click here to view the Westminster Confession of Faith.

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