We Are Reformed
For nearly a thousand years the Church was just one organization; but then corruption and doctrinal differences caused it to split; First into the Eastern Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Church. Then over the centuries, the Roman Catholic Church grew even more corrupt until, in the 1600’s, Martin Luther and others branched off in protest. One branch of these Protestant churches was led by John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli and became known as the Reformed Churches. Today there are many denominations that are reformed, including our own, the Presbyterian Church in America.
There are two main beliefs that categorically identify us as reformed:
Sovereignty of God in Salvation
Eternal salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith, and not by our own good works. In other words, there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation; it is a free gift of God. However, we do have responsibility to turn to Christ, to trust Him, to follow Him, and to persevere. Never the less, our ability to do these things, comes from the power of the Holy Spirit.
God has always had one plan for the redemption of mankind. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden God already knew how he was going to reconcile them to himself: he was going to send Jesus Christ to live a sinless life as a man, die on a cross for the sins of the elect, and rise again from the dead. This has always been the plan. Everything in the Old Testament points toward the coming of Jesus, and everything in the New Testament points back to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. There is only one people of God, made up of both Old Testament and New Testament believers.
We Are Covenantal
Scripture shows us that the gospel is for everyone. Our Covenant Theology leads us to see the connections between the way God related to the people of Israel – before the coming of Jesus – and the people of the Church today. Most notably this reveals itself in how we accept infants into the Covenant Family of God.
Before Christ, the sign and seal of the Covenant required the shedding of blood through circumcision. Every male child in Israel was circumcised. When Jesus shed his blood on the cross, there was no longer any need for people to be circumcised. The new sign and seal of the Covenant became baptism by water. Never in Scripture are we told that infants are no longer to be included in the sign and seal of the Covenant. Indeed, we see in the Bible that “whole households” were baptized – certainly these households included children and infants.
We believe that children are to be baptized into the Covenant Family of God, and that there are benefits in doing so, but we do not believe that this act saves the child at that point in time, nor does it guarantees a child will grow up to be a believer in Jesus.
We Are Presbyterian
All churches have some kind of governmental structure. As members of the PCA, we have a Presbyterian system of church governance.
We Are The Priesthood Of All Believers
We desire to truly equip the saints for the work of ministry.
We Are Transcultural
Culture is a way of life; it is made up of our background, experiences, upbringing, race, religion, financial status, and desires. We are all different and distinct – and to the extent that God has created us differently, this is a beautiful thing. After all, we are all, every single human being regardless of differences, made in God’s own image and reflect his glory.