“In essentials… unity. In non-essentials… liberty. In all things… charity.”
(Evangelical Presbyterian Church Motto)
We recognize that Christians of goodwill and sincere faith share many beliefs in common while disagreeing on other important, yet non-essential, matters of faith and practice. Furthermore, each one of us is in process—in various stages of conviction about truth, commitment to Christ and spiritual maturity. At Faith Church, we want to create a community that welcomes everyone, no matter where they are on their spiritual journey. At the same time, we have certain commitments and beliefs that guide our ministry.
Faith Church, as a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, is both “evangelical” and “Reformed.”
- As “evangelical,” we stand in the tradition of historic evangelicalism and share beliefs common among to Christians and churches throughout the world. The “Essentials of our Faith” statement, below, summarizes these core beliefs of the Christian faith.
- As “Reformed,” we stand in the tradition of the Protestant Reformation, particularly through the influence of men such as John Calvin and John Knox in the 16th and 17th centuries. These beliefs are expressed through our doctrinal standards articulated in The Westminster Confession of Faith.
Practically speaking, this means:
- Anyone is welcome at Faith Church, even if you don’t share our faith. We hope our community can be a place where you feel safe to ask questions, express doubt, and be in process on issues of faith and belief.
- All of our members affirm our evangelical commitment articulated in the “Essentials of Our Faith” document (below).
- All of our officers (pastors, elders, deacons) affirm our full doctrinal standards expressed in The Westminster Confession of Faith.
Our pastors and elders would love to answer any questions you have about these issues.
Essentials of Our Faith…
All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these additional Essentials of our faith:
- We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
- Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
- The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
- Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
- The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
- Jesus Christ will come again to the earth-personally, visibly, and bodily-to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)
- The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)