Who We Are │What We Believe

Who We Are │What We Believe

We Welcome Everyone

Regardless of what you do or do not believe, you are welcome at Faith Community Church. At the same time, those who have become members of our church identify themselves with a certain body of practices and beliefs, which you can read about on this page. As we confess these beliefs, we see ourselves as a people in process, deepening our understanding of convictions that shape our everyday lives. This is the path of discipleship and grace. We warmly invite you to join us on it.

We are Christian

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9

The Nicene and Apostolic Creeds are ancient documents that give the basic contours of Christian belief.

Check out the video below from Mathias Media for a helpful summary of the Good News of Christianity.

We are Protestant

Protestant Christianity comes out of the historical event known as the Reformation, which sought to retrieve scriptural teaching on important points. Protestants reject papal supremacy and affirm that the way to be reconciled to God isn’t through good works or deeds but rather through faith (also known as, “justification by faith”). Historically, Protestants affirm sola scriptura, which means they use the Bible as the “norming norm,” or to put it another way, their highest source of authority for the church.

We are Reformed

Historically, Reformed Protestants have distinguished themselves from other Protestants in at least three ways. First, Reformed Protestants have emphasized God’s sovereignty. God is our King, the creator and the main character of cosmic history. All of creation belongs to God and therefore all of creation matters to God. Second, Reformed Christians have always discerned a basic continuity between the Old and New Testaments. For us, the story of God and of God’s people goes all the way back to Creation: it is an unbroken seamless story. Third, Reformed Christians have held to an understanding of the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist) that is different from certain other traditions. When we take the Lord’s Supper together, we do so as a means of receiving Christ’s spiritual presence in the bread and cup. Our Reformed identity is not so much a badge we flash around but simply the heartbeat of what we do.

We are Evangelical

The term “evangelical” is a word that gets tossed around a lot these days and means very different things to different people. When we use the term “evangelical,” we are simply referring to someone who holds to three convictions:

  • Scripture is God’s personal revelation to humanity; it is inspired, authoritative, infallible, and without error (2 Tim 3:16-17).
  • Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are the keystones of the Christian message, and the means by which a rebellious humanity is reconciled to God (Rom 10:9).
  • Jesus calls us to share the good news of his death and resurrection with everyone in the world (Matthew 28:18-20).

We Belong to the Presbyterian Church in America

Our church is a part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). This means that we and our elders have the privilege of being accountable to and supported by a wider body of believers, both on a local level and national level.

The specific beliefs of the PCA are collated in a centuries-old document known as the Westminster Confession of Faith, as well as in the Shorter and Larger Catechisms.