Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

SEQUOYAH HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH STATEMENT OF FAITH

Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church is a congregation within the denomination known as the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America (PC(USA)). The faith we confess unites us with the one, universal church. The most important beliefs of Presbyterians are those we share with other Christians, and especially with those who look to the Protestant Reformation as a renewal of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are grateful for the wisdom of the Reformers of the 16th century who based all that we do, and all that we strive to be on the scriptures. They understood that the whole counsel of God is more than the wisdom of any individual or any one tradition. At the same time, we are convinced that to the Reformed churches a distinctive vision of the catholic faith has been entrusted for the good of the whole church. That distinction is to be found in our constitution which is made up of our Confessions and Book of Order. Therefore, in accordance with the standards for Christian faith found in the scriptures and made clear in our constitution:

We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Lord and Savior and that all people everywhere are called to place their faith, hope, and love in him. We therefore worship him as we acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the Church; through him we believe in one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the authoritative witness without parallel to Jesus Christ in the Church universal, and God’s Word to us.

We sincerely receive, adopt, and believe in the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as expressed in the confessions of our church to be authentic and reliable expositions of what Scripture leads us to believe and do. Those tenets are:

  1. The majesty, holiness, and providence of God who creates, sustains, rules, and redeems the world in the freedom of sovereign righteousness and love
  2. The election of the people of God for service as well as for salvation
  3. Covenant life marked by a disciplined concern for order in the church according to the Word of God
  4. A faithful stewardship that shuns ostentation and seeks proper use of God’s creation
  5. The recognition of the human tendency to idolatry and tyranny which informs our call to work for the transformation of society by seeking justice and living in obedience to the Word of God.

We believe we are to be governed by our church’s polity and are to abide by its discipline, seeking to be friends among our brothers and sisters in Christ, subject to the ordering of God’s Word and Spirit. Because the Spirit justifies us by grace through faith and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the church, we believe we are to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, love our neighbors, and work for the reconciliation of the world.                         

We believe these statements represent that for which all Christians should strive; yet we believe that officers elected by God through the will of the people are held to a higher standard. Those who are called to office in the church are to lead a life in obedience to the Scripture and in conformity to the historic confessional standards of the church. Among these standards is the scriptural requirement to live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness. Persons refusing to repent of any self-acknowledged practice which the confessions call sin shall not be ordained and/or installed as deacons, elders, or ministers of the Word and Sacrament.

Thus we believe we are called to further the peace, unity, and purity of the church by serving one another with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love to the best of our ability with God’s help.

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