Who We Are

We are Reformed

     The Reformation was a period of time in the history of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ in which a call went out for a return to biblical practices based upon biblical principles from the additions and accretions that had crept into the church over the centuries. The great issue of salvation was at stake. The Bible’s teaching was clearly set forth in the five principles of the Protestant Reformation. The cry of the reformers was that man’s salvation was tied up in these scriptural ideas:

  • Sola Gracia (by grace alone). God’s grace to us in the Person of Jesus Christ is the sole ground of our salvation.
  • Solo Christo (by Christ alone). Christ’s life and death are the sole basis of our acceptance with God.
  • Sola Fide (by faith alone). The Holy Spirit’s gift of faith in the objective gos-pel is the sole means of our receiving Christ’s substitutionary life and death on our behalf. Faith is the means by which God imputes justification to us.
  • Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone). The Bible alone is our objective and infallible rule of faith and practice.
  • Soli Deo Gloria (for God’s glory alone). The ultimate purpose of all of life is to bring glory to God.

We are Presbyterian

     Presbyterianism comes from the Greek word that means “rule by elders.” Once established, our church will be governed by Ruling Elders elected from among the male members of the congregation. Together with the pastor, or Teaching Elder as he is called, they make up the Session, the governing body of the local church.

We are PCA

     Our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America, came into being in 1973 due to growing theological liberalism within the old southern Presbyterian church (the Presbyterian Church in the United States).

     Since her modest beginnings the PCA has grown to become the largest theologically conservative Presbyterian church in North America.

     We are not associated in any way with the larger, liberal Presbyterian Church (USA) which ordains women as elders and deacons and which is embroiled in controversy over the ordination of homosexuals to the clergy. We reject such practices and call on those who affirm them to repent of their sin and turn to Jesus Christ.

     We are not affiliated in any way with the National Council of Churches or the World Council of Churches.

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This page was last updated 19 June 2008.