Presbyterians are a particular Christian denomination that grew out of the Protestant Reformation in the 1500’s in Europe. Presbyterians grew out of the Scottish Reformation, while the Reformed grew out of the Dutch Reformation. Presbyterians were called Presbyterians because of their use of “Presbyters” (a New Testament Word meaning Elder) Elders in governing the church. Presbyterians believe that as a people they have been called by Jesus Christ to worship, to serve, to help, to minister, to grow, to learn, and to heed Christ’s call to be his disciples. We believe that Christ is rightly the Head of the Church and without him, no church can exist. As such we take our direction from him, believing him to guide, lead and direct what we seek to be, where our church goes and what our church does.
Some of the key characteristics of the Presbyterian Church is our belief in One God in three Persons, the Trinity, and our affirmation of the majesty, holiness, and guidance of this Triune God who creates, sustains, rules, and redeems the world God created in the freedom of God’s sovereign righteousness and unconditional love.
- We believe God has made us to be stewards of God’s creation, which means we should live simple lives while caring for all that God has created and placed in our hands.
- We recognize that the heart is a perpetual factory for making idols, and that people and governments may become tyrannous, which calls us as God’s people to work for the transformation of our communities and the larger society by seeking, in the words of the prophet Micah: to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God, in obedience to Scripture
- God’s choosing of his people not just for salvation, but also for service.
- God’s promise to be our God, and our promise in return, to be God’s people -- which leads us to desire a particular kind of discipline in God’s church and in our life together.
- We believe that Jesus Christ was born, lived, ministered, taught, and died for our sins, and that through his obedient death on the cross, our sins have been forgiven.
- We believe that the Written Word of God, Scripture, should guide our hearts, minds and souls in all that we say and in all that we do.