What we believe
The Presbyterian Church is a constitutional body. Our PCUSA Constitution is made up of two parts. The first part is our Book of Confessions. The second part is our Book of Order. Our congregation is governed by a polity that is led by elders who are elected by the congregation. Their duties and responsibilities re contained in the Book of Order. I think one of the best ways to understand what we believe is to illumine some of the ordination questions all officers of the church must affirm to be ordained:
Question 1: Do you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ your savior, acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the Church, and through him belief in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
Question 2: Do you accept the scriptures of the old and new testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the church universal, one God’s word to you?
Question 3: Do you sincerely receive and adopt the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as expressed in the confessions of our church as authoritative and reliable expositions of what Scripture leads us to believe and do, and will you be instructed and led by these confessions as you lead the people of God?
I believe that these three questions demonstrate our basic approach to what we believe. Another helpful document about our reformed tradition is The Study Catechism. The Catechism studies what we believe through the lens of the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the 10 Commandments. All the documents can be found online for easy access and use.
This short reminder might be helpful:
Presbyterian in government Reformed in theology
We are a church reformed and always being reformed by the Holy spirit through the Word of God.
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