What We Believe

What do Presbyterians believe?

  • This question usually tops the list among folks who want to know more about the Presbyterian Church.  Fortunately, the Presbyterian Church is a confessional church.  This means that while the Scriptures remain our final authority in matters of faith and practice, we affirm that the church of Jesus Christ has produced powerful, abbreviated statements of faith to guide and instruct the faithful over the past 2,000 years.
  • Our earliest doctrinal statement, The Apostles' Creed, dates, in part, to the second century.  Our most recent confessional statement, A Brief Statement of Faith, was written in the 1980's.
  • Our Book of Confessions contains nine confessional statements in total. Some of our confessional statements reflect the faith of the entire church of Jesus Christ, while others reflect more the particular understanding of Christianity that is particular to the Reformed family churches, in which tradition the Presbyterian Church stands. 
  • Inasmuch as it is our most recent confessional statement, A Brief Statement of Faith will answer basic questions you may have concerning "what Presbyterians believe."

A Brief Statement of Faith

  • In life and in death we belong to God.  Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
For the full statement of faith, see the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) website.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.