All Scripture is absolutely true and therefore requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament, contains no error and 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 Essentials of Our Faith:
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!
Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He is truly God and truly man, united in one person forever. He died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins, according to the Scriptures. On the third day He rose 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.
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 and empowers and gifts us to serve Him and others. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
Being separated from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is completely 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, thereby justifying them in His sight. Only those justified by faith are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ, becoming children of God and heirs of eternal life.
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, the sacraments are administered in their integrity, scriptural discipline is practiced, and loving fellowship is maintained. The church awaits the return of her Lord.
The Mission of the Church
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." (Eph. 2:10)
The Return of Christ
Jesus Christ will come again to the earth (personally, visibly, and bodily) to judge the living and the dead, and to complete history as we know it and the eternal plan of God.
"Even so, come, Lord Jesus." (Rev. 22:20)
For a more detailed explanation of what we believe in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, see the Westminster Confession of Faith.