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Our Beliefs

We believe the basic, foundational truths about God, the Trinity, Jesus, mankind, and salvation Christians have held since the early Church.  Below is a statement of Essential Tenets (core beliefs) of the Christian faith as articulated by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, our denomination.  Following the “Essential Tenets Of The Reformed Faith” you will find a couple of documents on “Becoming A Christian”.   

 
           

Essentials of Our Faith

All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God's redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these additional Essentials of our faith:

We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!

Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.

The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.

Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God's free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.

The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.

Jesus Christ will come again to the earth-personally, visibly, and bodily-to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus." (Rev. 22:20)

The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us." He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2:10)

These Essentials are set forth in greater detail in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

 

 
 
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Becoming a Christian
 
            Placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone as your personal Lord and Savior is the most important decision you will ever make! If you have never entered into a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus, or if you would like more information on what that means, please allow us the privilege of sharing Him with you. If you have any questions, Pastor Matt or one of our elders would be delighted to talk with you. 
 
            Below is a summary of some basic truths that are helpful to know when it comes to understanding what it means to become a Christian. [Note: God is neither male nor female, but we have used the traditional masculine pronoun in reference to God for ease of reading.]
 
God
  • God created all that exists, and He created you and me. (Genesis 1:1, Psalms 100:3)
  • God loves us deeply and desires for us to be in fellowship with Him. (Genesis 1:27, John 3:16, 1 John 4:9)
  • God is perfect, holy and just. While God is love, God must also punish evil, removing it from His presence. (Romans 1:18, Romans 6:23a, 1 John 4:8)
Humanity
  • We were created in God's image to have a relationship with Him. (Genesis 1:27, Revelation 21:3)
  • We all have rebelled (sinned) and turned away from God. (Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23)
  • Our disobedience to God and His right ways for life (sin) has separated us from God. (Isaiah 59:2)
  • The penalty for our sin is death (physical and spiritual). (Romans 6:23)
  • By ourselves, we are not able to pay for our sin and have our relationship with God restored.  We cannot save ourselves from the judgment we rightly deserve.  (Romans 3:10-18, Romans 3:23 )
Jesus
  • God became a human being in the person of Jesus to restore our life and fellowship with Him. Jesus walked the earth as a Jewish man in the first century A.D. (John 1:14, Colossians 1:19-20, Luke 3:1)
  • Jesus Christ, who lived a life without sin, died on the cross to take the punishment for our rebellion against God. Only through his sacrifice can we be forgiven for our sins because only Jesus is qualified to forgive. (Isaiah 53:5-6, 2 Corinthians 5:21,Romans 5:8)
  • Jesus rose from the dead, in order to prove His claims and as a witness that those who believe in Him will also be raised to eternal life with God. ( Romans 1:4, Acts 17:31, Colossians 2:14, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 6:5)
My Response: What one must do
  • I must admit the truth that I am a sinner, confess my sin and repent (turn away from my life of rebellion) (Matthew 4:17, Isaiah 55:7)
  • I must believe Jesus is God’s Son, and believe what God has done for me in Jesus Christ. (John 1:12, Romans 10:9-13)
  • I must personally receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and accept a loving relationship with Him. (Revelation 3:20)
  • When I begin my new relationship with Jesus Christ, I also gain a new relationship with other believers. Part of this new life means that I am baptized into the Christian community and enjoy a new level of fellowship with the "family" of God, the Church. (Acts 2:38-47, Mark 3:35)
Cost to Me
  • Nothing! My salvation has been paid for by another, Jesus who alone is able to save because He was and is God the Son. There is no cost to me. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • And everything! Becoming a Christian means Jesus is Lord of my life and I will grow to desire to follow Him more and more closely, living my life His way. (Romans 12:1-2)
Cost to God                                             
  • It cost God dearly in the Father sending the Son to die and in Jesus, the Son, giving up His life on the cross and taking on the sins of the world. (John 3:16, John 1:29, Colossians 2:14)
 
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A shorter summary on how to become a Christian, one that includes some of the above information, is called “The ABCs Of Becoming A Christian”.  You find it below: 
 
  1. Admit that you are a sinner, that your sin separates you from God, and that there is nothing you can do to save yourself!
 
Romans 3:23 “For all of us have sinned and all of us have fallen
short of the glory of God”
 
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death (Spiritual and Physical)”
                                             
  1. Believe that Jesus Christ is God, that he died on the cross to forgive you of your sins and that He rose from t he dead to give you eternal life!
 
John 14:6 “Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one
can come to God the Father except through Me.’”
 
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrated His love for us in that while we
were still sinners in rebellion against God, Jesus Christ died for us.”
 
  1. Commit your life to Jesus as the forgiver of your sins and the leader of your life!
 
Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
 
John 1:12 “But as many as receive Jesus Christ, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to all those who believe in His name!”
 
 
If you desire to become a child of God by confessing faith in Jesus, we invite you to pray the following prayer. Using the exact words is not important but the faith and sincerity in your heart is:
 
“Dear God, thank You for loving me so much that You want me to become Your child.  I humbly admit that I am a sinner, that my sin separates me from You and that there is nothing I can do to save myself.  I believe that Jesus is God the Son who died on the cross to forgive me of my sins and that He rose from the dead to give me eternal life.  I ask for the forgiveness Jesus made possible and I commit my life to Jesus as the Leader of my life.  Thank you for saving me today and for making me a part of Your family.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
 
If you prayed this prayer today, please e-mail or call us and let us know so we can pray for you and encourage you on your journey of faith.
 
God Bless You!
 
 

 

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