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Theology

Hands_of_God_and_AdamSome of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. What they mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone’s job — ministers and lay people alike — to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.

Points of interest

Presbyterians confess their beliefs through statements that have been adopted over the years and are contained in The Book of Confessions. These statements reflect our understanding of God and what God expects of us at different times in history, but all are faithful to the fundamental beliefs described above. Even though we share these common beliefs, Presbyterians understand that God alone is lord of the conscience, and it is up to each individual to understand what these principles mean in his or her life.

Angels
Art
The Ascension
The Atonement
Baptism
The Bible
The Bible II
Biblical Interpretation
Biblical Justice
Communion
Confessions
Connectional Church
Connectional Church: Networking
Deacons
Ecclesia Reformata…
Elders
End of Life Issues
The End of the World
Eschatology
Evangelism
Evil
(Don’t) Believe
A Brief Statement of Faith
Faith and Patriotism
Forgiveness
Grace
Hell
Heresy
How to Speak Presbyterian
Infant Baptism (2006 version)
Infant Baptism (1985 version)
Interfaith Relations
Jesus
Jesus II
Jesus Is Lord
Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit (3 Views)
Life After Death
Lord of the Conscience
Mary
Miracles
Ordination
Predestination
Predestination II
Priesthood of Believers
Purity
Reconciliation
“Reformed and Always Reforming”
The Resurrection of Jesus
Sacraments
Sin and Salvation
Stewardship
The Trinity
Reclaiming the Trinity
Vocation
Wealth
Who Are We as Presbyterians?
Worship