Beliefs

Below you will find some basic beliefs that are held by all Christians, regardless of the denominations or labels that may be used to define them. You will also find some beliefs that are unique to the Presbyterian Reformed Faith. Please take a moment to look them over. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at zionpc@live.com We would love to greet you, and speak with you. Below, you will also find some information on what Presbyterian don't believe. Want more information than what is below? Check out the following website by clicking HERE!

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"Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda..." is Latin and translated means...

"The church reformed, always to be reformed"  according to the Word of God, and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

 

Presbyterians believe that God is constantly working within each of us, and the Church, to help us to grow and mature spiritually.

 

Basic Beliefs of the Presbyterian Reformed Faith

Faith of the Church catholic

In its confessions, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) gives witness to the faith of the Church catholic. The confessions express the faith of the one, holy, catholic (meaning 'universal'), and apostolic Church in the recognition of canonical Scriptures and the formulation and adoption of the ecumenical creeds, notably the Nicene and Apostles' Creeds with their definitions of the mystery of the triune God and of the incarnation of the eternal Word of God in Jesus Christ. God reveals God's self through the Trinity...Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is Emmanuel, God with us. Presbyterians share these beliefs with all Christians.

Faith of the Protestant Reformation

In its confessions, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) identifies with the affirmations of the Protestant Reformation. The focus of these affirmations is the rediscovery of God's grace in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Scriptures. The Protestant watchwords--grace alone,c faith alone,d Scripture alone--embody principles of understanding which continue to guide and motivate the people of God in the life of faith. We are made holy, justified in God's eyes, by the free gift of grace through faith. We don't have to be good enough or do enough good things to earn God's love. God's love in Jesus Christ saves us from sin. Scripture is the final authority under which, we ,as Christians, come under. Our faith and understanding of God comes directly from the Bible and the Holy Spirit, which guides us in understanding the scriptures. Presbyterians share these beliefs with all Christians who identify themselves with the Protestant Reformation of the 1500s.

Faith of the Reformed Tradition

In its confessions, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) expresses the faith of the Reformed tradition. Central to this tradition is the affirmation of the majesty, holiness, and providence of God who creates, sustains, rules, and redeems the world in the freedom of sovereign righteousness and love. God, and God alone, is the source and power of all that exists. Related to this central affirmation of God's sovereignty are other great themes of the Reformed tradition:

(1)     The election of the people of God for service as well as for salvation;

(2)     Covenant life marked by a disciplined concern for order in the church according to the Word of God;

(3)     A faithful stewardship that shuns ostentation and seeks proper use of the gifts of God's creation, we have a responsibility to care for each other and God's good creation;

(4)     The recognition of the human tendency to idolatry and tyranny,which is Sin.

(5)     A calling by God for God's people to work for the transformation of society by seeking justice and living in obedience to the Word of God.

 

 

Presbyterians believe the Bible when it says that "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) Unlike crime, which involves the breaking of human law, sin is a condition of the heart or an expression of that condition where we are estranged from God and fail to trust in God. Sin expresses itself in particular acts. The Brief Statement of Faith of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) says:

"But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator.Ignoring God's commandments,we violate the image of God in others and ourselves,accept lies as truth,exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care.We deserve God's condemnation."(Lines 33-39)

"Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation.Loving us still,God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant.Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child,like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home,God is faithful still."(Lines 40, 47-51)           

God has always been faithful to the people of Israel and to the church. Presbyterians believe God has offered us salvation because of God's loving nature. It is not a right or a privilege to be earned by being "good enough." No one of us is good enough on our own--we are all dependent upon God's goodness and mercy. From the kindest, most devoted churchgoer to the most blatant sinner, we are all saved solely by the grace of God.

Out of the greatest possible love and compassion God reached out to us and redeemed us through Jesus Christ, the only one who was ever without sin. Through Jesus' death and resurrection God triumphed over sin.

Presbyterians believe it is through the action of God working in us that we become aware of our sinfulness and our need for God's mercy and forgiveness. Just as a parent is quick to welcome a wayward child who has repented of rebellion, God is willing to forgive our sins if we but confess them and ask for forgiveness in the name of Christ.

God further sent the Holy Spirit to be our companion, counselor and guide in living a life of service to God.

"The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor,and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the church." (Brief Statement of Faith, Lines 54-57)

 

 

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