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Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

God comes to us in free and undeserved favor in the person of Jesus Christ who lived, died, and rose for us that we might belong to God and serve Christ in the world. Following Jesus, Presbyterians are engaged in the world and in seeking thoughtful solutions to the challenges of our time.

Presbyterians affirm that God comes to us with grace and love in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose for us so that we might have eternal and abundant life in him. As Christ’s disciples, called to ministry in his name, we seek to continue his mission of teaching the truth, feeding the hungry, healing the broken, and welcoming strangers. God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, giving us the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love to be Christ’s faithful disciples in the world.

More than two million people call the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) their spiritual home. Worshiping in 10,000 Presbyterian congregations throughout the United States, they engage the communities in which they live and serve with God’s love.

(This text is taken directly from the home page of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.)

FaithPresbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation.  Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him.

Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs.  Among these are:
  1. The sovereignty of God
  2. The authority of the Scripture
  3. Justification by grace through faith
  4. The priesthood of all believers 

What these beliefs mean is that God is the Supreme Authority throughout the Universe.  Our knowledge of God and God's purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ.  Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God's generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments.  It is everyone's job - ministers and lay people alike - to share this Good News with the whole world.  That is also why the Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.

Want to read more about our denomination? Here are links to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA):

Book of Confessions  Book of Order

 

 

 

 

 

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