What Presbyterians Believe
This ongoing series of articles on "What Presbyterians Believe" explores the Biblical and theological foundations of our faith.
The authors have given permission for these articles to be reproduced. We hope this series will be useful for adult church school classes and discussion groups, new member classes and individual enrichment.
How to Speak Presbyterian
It has been estimated that 58 percent of the members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) did not grow up in the denomination. For readers in that category, here is a short rundown of the lingo you are likely to hear in a Presbyterian church that you may not have heard in another church.
I'm interested to see what the responses are to the Sabbath question
The conversation around salvation can be found under what Presbyterians believe about atonement and about grace.
I am surprised at the omission of the most important doctrine on the list--salvation from sin.
I have been active in PCUSA churches for more than 25 years. I'm an elder and former deacon and church trustee. I am a Stephen Minister.Recently, I've questioned the concept of the seventh-day sabbath; that is, worshipping on the seventh day, rather than the first; or, Saturday vs Sunday. My first view is to keep the sabbath holy through worship whatever the day. But, the Ten Commandments, I believe, specificy the seventh day. In my study of history, it appears that the Catholic Church made the change to Sunday to repudiate Jewish tradition-not as a result of biblical truth. What is the PCUSA view of this?
You are right, it cannot be bought...only believed. :-)