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Beliefs

Christ Presbyterian Church holds the historic Christian faith as expressed in the Apostle's Creed and Nicene Creed.

CPC is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America and subscribes to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Below you can find a short description of our beliefs on most major issues, feel free to contact us at info@christpresbyterian.church if something is unclear or is not listed.

The Bible

The Bible is comprised of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, which were written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. These writings are inerrant in the originals and have been faithfully passed down to us by God's oversight. The Bible has been given to us for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. It is our primary authority for everything pertaining to faith and life.

The Triune God

God is a Spirit, who exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection; all-sufficient, eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, present everywhere, almighty, all-knowing, most wise, most holy, most just, most merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.

God the Father

God the Father is sovereign over all things and has decreed all things from the greatest to the least. He sent His Son and Spirit to accomplish His decree of salvation. In salvation, we are reconciled to Him and adopted by Him.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, co-equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is fully God and fully man. By the decree of God the Father, Jesus became man, lived a perfect life, died sacrificially on the cross, was buried, and raised from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father. He reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and will return to judge the living and the dead.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God, co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. He convicts human beings of sin, righteousness, and the judgment to come. He unites us to Jesus Christ and seals us to God the Father. The Holy Spirit dwells within true believers and works within them to conform them more and more into the image of Jesus Christ.

Human Beings

Human beings are created in the image of God, both male and female. God created humanity in a state of pure holiness, free from all sin. We were represented before God by Adam who failed to remain holy and free from sin by disobeying the covenant command of God in the Garden of Eden. Adam's disobedience brought death, both physical and spiritual, upon all humanity. Human beings now possess a sin nature that is inclined to sin and is unable to please God apart from faith in Jesus Christ. While we possess a sin nature and are inclined to sin, we continue to bear the image of God.

Salvation

The human condition of sin requires death as the judgment of God. Yet, God being rich in mercy and grace, because of love, decreed the salvation of sinners through Jesus Christ. Jesus perfectly obeyed the commands of God that Adam, and every person, failed to obey. Jesus died in the place of sinners, shedding his blood as a covering for sin. There is no other way of salvation apart from Jesus Christ.

Salvation is a free gift of God that is given by grace and secured through faith. It does not come through human righteousness or good works; even faith is a gift of God's grace.

In salvation we were justified, or declared righteous, because of the imputed righteousness of Jesus. In salvation we are being sanctified, or conformed to the image of Christ, because of the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit. In salvation we will be glorified, or made complete, because of the promise of God. Salvation is guaranteed to God's elect and can never be forfeited or lost.

The Church

God has saved us to be part of a people, a called out collection of saints. In the Old Testament the Church was primarily comprised among the nation of Israel. In the New Testament the Church is comprised of Jew and Gentile, all who have saving faith in Jesus Christ.

The Church exists to glorify God and serve as His ambassadors on earth. We glorify God by worshipping Him according to the Bible; we glorify God by serving one another with acts of love; we glorify God by preaching the Gospel to all nations.

The Sacraments

Sacraments are holy signs and seals of God's grace. There are two ordinary and perpetual sacraments, Baptism and The Lord's Supper.

The origin of Baptism is in the Old Testament sacrament of circumcision. Baptism is an outward sign that signifies the cleansing power of Jesus Christ because of God's faithfulness to His covenant promise. It is rightly administered through the sprinkling or pouring of water in the name of the Triune God. The recipients of Baptism are those who truly believe in Jesus Christ and their children, as members of the Covenant.

The origin of The Lord's Supper is in the Old Testament sacrament of Passover. The Lord's Supper is an outward sign that strengthens our relationship to God by faith in Jesus Christ, pointing us to his body and blood in death. Thus, only true believers in Jesus Christ receive this sacrament. The Lord's Supper is a memorial meal and a means of grace whereby true believers are strengthened for faith and life. The elements of the meal are bread, which represents Jesus' body, and wine, which represents Jesus' blood.

Eternity

Jesus Christ will return as promised to judge the living and the dead. He will establish a new heaven and new earth. Those who have truly believed in Jesus Christ for salvation will spend eternity with God in everlasting peace and fellowship. Those who have rejected Jesus Christ, and continued unrepentant in their sin, will be condemned by God and spend eternity in the everlasting torments of hell.

Below are some historical statements of faith which we affirm.

The Apostles Creed 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;

He descended into hell.

The third day He arose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.

Amen.

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms