Doctrinal Statement: What We Believe

by August 22, 2005

Tenth Presbyterian Church holds to the classic formulations of Presbyterian theology that came out of the Reformation period: The Westminster Confession of Faith and The Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms. In addition, we govern ourselves by the Book of Church Order prepared by our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America. The Presbyterian creeds contain many important affirmations, but among them are the following major teachings:

  1. The inspiration, inerrancy and authority of the Bible as the written Word of God.
  2. The sinfulness of all men and women and their resulting inability to seek out or please God by their own efforts.
  3. The death of the unique Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, as an atoning sacrifice for us. We believe that there is no salvation for anyone apart from faith in him.
  4. The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave.
  5. The person and work of the Holy Spirit, the third member of the divine Trinity, in drawing people to Christ, enabling them to believe on him, and strengthening them to live godly lives.
  6. The necessity for Christians to follow Jesus Christ in personal and often costly discipleship.
  7. The church as a fellowship of born again persons, committed to helping one another grow in their Christian lives.
  8. The privilege and power of prayer.
  9. The importance of Christians reaching into all the world to call people to faith in Christ and helping influence their world, both near and father away, for good.
  10. The return of Jesus Christ to judge all persons and to take those who have trusted him to heaven.

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