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What We Believe

Westminster Presbyterian Church is a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), a Reformed and Confessional denomination that began in 1973.  Though our denomination is young, our roots trace back to the 16th century Protestant Reformation.

We are a Biblical Church

We believe that the Bible, contained in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God.  We believe the Bible is authoritative and is the all-sufficient rule in all matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

We are an Evangelical Church

We believe that every person is a sinner and is fully deserving of the wrath and curse of God and has no hope of heaven apart from the sovereign grace of God in the person and work of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23).

We believe that God the Father, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our sins, willingly sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into the world to save sinners (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:1-10).

We believe that we are saved by the sovereign grace of God alone and not by anything we can say or do to earn God's love and favor.  Salvation is a gift we receive by faith in the perfect life, substitutionary death, and victorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5)

We are a Reformed & Confessional Church

As a Reformed church we recognize that our roots as a church stretch back to the 16th century Protestant Reformation.  The Reformers sought to correct many of the theological and moral errors of the Roman Catholic Church.  Five main slogans emerged from the Reformation. They are:

  1. The Bible alone is the Word of God (Sola Scriptura)
  2. Salvation is granted to sinners by grace alone (Sola Gratia)
  3. Salvation is by faith alone apart from the works of the law (Sola Fide)
  4. Jesus Christ is the only Savior of Sinners (Solus Christus)
  5. All glory belongs to God alone (Soli Deo Gloria)

We believe the teachings of Scripture are succinctly summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.  In addition, we believe and publicly confess in our Lord's Day worship, the words of the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed.  These documents, though not infallible, are a sound and faithful interpretation of biblical doctrine.

We are a Presbyterian Church

We believe that the Bible teaches a presbyterian form of church government.  The church is governed by a body of elders (called the Session) who are called by God and elected by the congregation.  The word Presbyterian comes from the Greek word for elder (presbuteros).   The elders have been charged by God with the great responsibility and privilege to care for the souls of God's people and encourage them to spiritual maturity (1 Peter 5:1-4; Acts 20:28).  In addition to the oversight of the local congregation, the Presbyterian form of church government emphasizes the cooperative nature of Christ's church as demonstrated in Acts 15. This is realized as the elders at Westminster partner with other elders at regional and denominational levels to exercise oversight and leadership of the church.