What We Believe

Our Beliefs are well summarized in the five solas of the Protestant Reformation.

  1. Sola Scriptura - "By Scripture Alone"  The Word of God contained in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments is the only authoritative and inerrant source for what we are to believe about God and what God requires of us - (2 Tim. 3:16-17).  
  2. Sola Gratia - "By Grace Alone" It is only by the grace of God that anyone receives salvation - (Rom. 3: 23-24).
  3. Sola Fide - "By Faith Alone" Faith is the only means through which God forgives people of their sins and views them as blameless in His sight, and even this faith is a gift from God - (Eph. 2:8-9).
  4. Solus Christus - "By Christ Alone" It is only through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ that one receives forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. Christ is the only mediator between God and man - (John 14:6; 1 Tim. 2:5). 
  5. Soli Deo Gloria - "To the Glory of God Alone" The God of the Bible is the only living and true God. He is the sovereign Lord and creator of all things, and therefore is deserving of all glory and honor - (Rom. 11:36).

The Essentials of Our Faith

The following statements are part of the distinctives of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church:

All Scripture is self-attesting, and being Truth requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God—the 66 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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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, and 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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” (Revelation 22:20).
  7. 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” (Ephesians 2:10).

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

In Essentials... Unity

In Non-Essentials... Liberty

In All Things... Charity