What Presbyterians Believe

Every organization has foundational beliefs upon which it is built.  Those beliefs should be easily accessed by those who want to know.  Here are the foundational beliefs of First Presbyterian Church and the denomination of which we are a member.

  1. We believe in the Triune God revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  2. We believe that God is sovereign and therein to be worshiped and served.
  3. We believe that God became one us in Jesus Christ who is our Savior and Lord.
  4. We believe that all people have become separated from God through sin (usually defined as having character and behavior that misses the core of God’s holy nature).
  5. We believe that human beings, no matter how hard they try, cannot self-perfect and become restored to God.  Such reconciliation has been made available through Jesus Christ who “died on the cross for the sin of the world.”  It is through placing our faith in his work and not our own that we become reconciled with God.
  6. We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the written authority given to us to instruct us in all things that pertain to faith and life.
  7. We believe that God has always called together a people to proclaim God’s love to the world, in word and in deed, and to invite all people to share in God’s love.
  8. We believe that when God calls a people to participate in God’s work, he also covenants with them, pledging the character and resources of heaven, to accomplish that work. 
  9. We believe the Sacrament of Baptism is the sign of the entry into that covenant relationship. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is the renewal of that covenant. 
  10. We believe God wants us to be good stewards of all we have been given. We believe such stewardship includes our time, our talents, our treasures, and God’s creation. 

The Presbyterian Church is a “Confessional” Church.  The first part of our Constitution, the Book of Confessions, contains the 12 Confessions upon which our beliefs are based and the historic circumstances out of which they were written. 

Read more about what we believe at www.presbyterianmission.org/what-we-believe