Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) holds to the doctrines taught in the historical creeds of Christendom, the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the creeds of the Reformational Churches: The Westminster Standards and the Three Forms of Unity (the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dordt, and the Heidelberg Catechism). Christ Church is a rich blend of the reformational understanding of the Scottish Reformed Church and the Continental Reformed Church in the heritage of Dutch Reformed thinking.
A summary of our beliefs are as follows:
- Authority of Scripture: The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only rule of faith and practice.
- The Trinity: 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.
- Original Sin: All mankind participated in Adam’s fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally helpless.
- Election and Salvation: 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 life, atoning death, resurrection, and glorification of His son, Jesus Christ.
- Redemption: 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 by Faith: Justification is by a penitent and obedient faith and through it the undeserving sinner is declared to be righteous through Christ.
- Faithful Stewardship: The goal of God’s salvation in the life of the Christian is holiness, good works, and service for the glory of God.
- Eternity: 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. When Jesus Christ comes again, as He promised, all death will be raised (resurrected), the righteous unto eternal life in a new heaven and a new earth with the Triune God in their midst. The unrighteous will be condemned unto everlasting punishment in hell, body and soul.
- God’s Covenant: 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.
- The Church: The church is the fellowship of all who have been called, gathered together, and redeemed under one head, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is made up of all faithful people from all times, from all places, and will remain eternally as the body of the Lord Jesus Christ, united to Him by faith and will be glorified with Him in the day of consummation to dwell with Him in a new heaven and new earth. The gates of hell shall never prevail against it, and it will triumph according to God’s eternal plan.
- Christ’s Imminent Return: 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.
- The Commission: Christians are commissioned by God in two ways: the first is to be stewards and care takers of all that God has made, being faithful and obedient in tending the things God has made and over which He has made us stewards. Second, and equally important, the Gospel of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ must be published to all the world as a witness before Jesus Christ returns.
Along with the Reformers and all true Reformed Christians, we believe the church is reformed and reforming, always seeking to conform to God’s revelation of His truth in His Word.