As a worshiping community, we read together from the New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible.
We affirm Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei, that is, “The church reformed, always to be reformed according to the Word of God” in the power of the Spirit. (Book of Order, F-2.02)
Many of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs, chief among these are…
- the sovereignty of God,
- the authority of scripture,
- justification by grace through faith,
- and the priesthood of all believers.
What these tenants mean to us is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe, and also at every level of our individual lives.
Our knowledge of God and God’s purposes for us come from the Bible, and particularly what is revealed through the person and life of Jesus Christ.
Our salvation (justification) through Jesus Christ is God’s generous gift to us, the Old Testament and the New Testament, and not the result of our own goodness and accomplishments.
It is, then, our joyous response, ministers and lay people alike, to share this Good News with others.