We Believe In A Kind God
- We welcome all people into a congregation with diverse backgrounds and points of view.
- We seek to strengthen our connectedness with God and with each other.
- We inspire one another as we reflect, explore, learn and grow in our service to God.
- We share God’s love and healing power within our congregation and in the world around us.
United in our faith in Christ, we nurture people to live a life that is centered on God and full of love, joy and purpose,
What Presbyterians Believe
Presbyterians trace their history to the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century and long before that, to the ministry of Jesus’ apostles that begins in the Book of Acts, and the stories of the Old and New Testaments. We are a confessional church, which means that in specific times and places throughout our history, Presbyterians have gathered to write common statements of belief. One of the most helpful modern statements, which outlines the breadth of beliefs in the Presbyterian Church, can be found in A Brief Statement of Faith (1983).
A Brief Statement of Faith
In life and in death we belong to God.
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we trust in the one triune God,
the Holy One of Israel,
whom alone we worship and serve.
We trust in Jesus Christ,
Fully human, fully God.
Jesus proclaimed the reign of God:
preaching good news to the poor
and release to the captives,
teaching by word and deed
and blessing the children,
healing the sick
and binding up the brokenhearted,
eating with outcasts,
and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.
Unjustly condemned for blasphemy
Jesus was crucified,
suffering the depths of human pain
and giving his life for the sins of the world.
God raised this Jesus from the dead,
vindicating his sinless life,
breaking the power of sin and evil,
delivering us from death to life eternal.
We trust in God,
whom Jesus called Abba, Father.
In sovereign love God created the world good
and makes everyone equally in God’s image
male and female, of every race and people,
to live as one community.
But we rebel against God;
we hide from our Creator.
Ignoring God’s commandments,
we violate the image of God
in others and ourselves,
accept lies as truth,
exploit neighbor and nature,
and threaten death to the planet
entrusted to our care.
We deserve God’s condemnation.
Yet God acts with justice and mercy
to redeem creation.
In everlasting love,
the God of Abraham and Sarah chose
a covenant people
to bless all families of the earth.
Hearing their cry,
God delivered the children of Israel
from the house of bondage.
Loving us still,
God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant.
Like a mother who will not forsake
her nursing child,
like a father who runs to welcome
the prodigal home,
God is faithful still.
We trust in God the Holy Spirit,
everywhere the giver and renewer of life.
The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,
sets us free to accept ourselves and to love
God and neighbor,
and binds us together with all believers
in the one body of Christ, the Church.
The same Spirit
who inspired the prophets and apostles
rules our faith and life in Christ
engages us through the Word proclaimed,
claims us in the waters of baptism,
feeds us with the bread of life and
the cup of salvation,
and calls women and men to all ministries
of the church.
In a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as
Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice,
freedom, and peace.
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
and to live holy and joyful lives,
even as we watch for God’s new heaven
and new earth,
praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.
How Presbyterians Make Decisions
The Presbyterian Church was born in the historical period when representative democracies were springing up in Europe, Great Britain, and the United States. Under the authority of the Word of God in Scripture and the Holy Spirit, Presbyterians make decisions through the participation of democratically elected leaders, some of whom are ministers and others of whom are members of the church.
Presbyterian & Social Witness
Knox Presbyterian Church is part of the Matthew 25 Movement of the Presbyterian Church (USA), committed to the goals of Building Congregational Vitality, Eradicating Systemic Poverty, and Dismantling Structural Racism.
You can read more about this on our denomination’s website and learn more about the specific social witness commitments of Knox Presbyterian by using the links below.
If you wish to go deeper in exploring Presbyterian belief and governance, we recommend the resources found below.