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“The bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed.” Exod. 3:2

Why I Belong

 

For more than 200 years, Presbyterians have remained unwavering in this one conviction: Jesus is Lord (1 Cor. 12:3). All power, truth, and salvation rest with God alone. Today, millions of people worldwide worship in Presbyterian churches; they gather as a grateful and loved people, eager to hear Scripture and celebrate the sacraments. They gather because God has called them into community to share with one another and the world a greater love, a brighter witness, a truer faithfulness, than they could achieve alone.

Presbyterians have always chiefly been a “sent” people. Today, the PC(USA) shares the gospel through the ministry of 200 mission coworkers in 75 countries working on matters of evangelism, reconciliation, and the alleviation of poverty. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance witnesses to the healing love of Christ by caring for communities in the midst of crisis. And heeding the call of the Holy Spirit, Presbyterians across the country are building up 1,001 new worshiping communities and empowering congregations to seek out new beginnings and engage their diverse communities.

Presbyterians may not agree on all things, but we do commonly stand with one another as a people saved and in service of God. Presbyterians affirm the following central commitments.

That’s why I belong.


Trinity  

The Trinity

We believe in the one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is not an optional “extra” to God; it is the very nature of God as revealed to us in Scripture. 
Sources: Matthew 28:19; The Trinity: God’s Love Overflowing, lines 154–55


Nature of God  

The Nature of God

“The good news of the Gospel is that the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—creates, redeems, sustains, rules, and transforms all things and all people.” 
Source: Book of Order, F-1.01


Person of Jesus Christ  

The Person of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the only savior of the world, and the true awaited Messiah.
Sources: Acts 16:31; Book of Confessions, 5.077


Salvation  

Salvation

“Jesus Christ is the only Savior and Lord, and all people everywhere are called to place their faith, hope, and love in him.”  
Sources: Ephesians 1:3–14; Hope in the Lord Jesus Christ, lines 155–57; see also Book of Confessions, 5.107–5.110


Sacraments  

Sacraments

We celebrate two sacraments—baptism and the Lord’s Supper—because these are uniquely instituted by Christ.   
Sources: Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–25; Book of Confessions, 3.21


Scripture  

Scripture

“The one sufficient revelation of God is Jesus Christ, the Word of God incarnate, to whom the Holy Spirit bears unique and authoritative witness through the Holy Scriptures.”    
Sources: John 1:1–18 and 21:24–25; Book of Confessions, 9.27


Scripture  

The Church

“Christ Jesus is the only Head of the Kirk [Church], even as it is the body and spouse of Christ Jesus.”     
Sources: Ephesians 4:15; Book of Confessions, 3.16


Ordination  

Ordination

All ordained leaders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) publicly affirm that Jesus Christ is Savior and “acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the Church.”      
Sources: 1 Timothy 3:1–13; Book of Order, W-4.4003a


Evangelism  

Evangelism

“God sends the church in the power of the Holy Spirit . . . to tell all nations and peoples of Christ’s call to repentance, faith, and obedience.”       
Sources: Matthew 28:16–20; Book of Order, W-7.2001


Missional Ministry  

Missional Ministry

“The Church participates in God’s mission for the transformation of creation and humanity by proclaiming to all people the good news of God’s love.”       
Sources: 2 Corinthians 5:18–21; Book of Order, F-1.01


Missional Ministry  

Stewardship

“The ways in which a believer uses God’s gift of material goods, personal abilities, and time should reflect a faithful response to God’s self-giving in Jesus Christ.”       
Sources: 2 Corinthians 9:6–7; Book of Order, W-5.5004


Women in Ministry  

Women in Ministry

We believe women and men are called to all ministries of the church.        
Sources: Joel 2:28–30; Galatians 3:28; Book of Order, G-2.0101