What do Presbyterians believe?

Christ – the incarnation of God on Earth.

The Church – a universal company of Christ’s followers.

Life Everlasting – shown by the resurrection of Jesus.

God – the creator of the universe.

Holy Spirit – the presence of God in the world and in the believer.

Forgiveness of Sin – made possible by the crucifixion of Jesus.

The Bible – the inspired word of God. Presbyterians interpret the Bible very much like other protestants do. Ultimately, however, every Presbyterian must find a personal set of beliefs through study, contemplation and worship.

The Trinity – God exists in the trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Christ – Presbyterians believe that Christ is the Son of God, the revealer of God, and the Savior of humanity.

Hell – separation from God which may exist now as well in the Hereafter.

Virgin Birth – Presbyterians believe that Jesus’ birth was miraculous.

Mary – She is honored as the mother of Jesus, the special person chosen to bear the Son of God.

Resurrection – For Presbyterians, the resurrection of the body refers to the reuniting of the spiritual body and physical body.

Confession – Confession is voluntary, and made directly to God, although it may be made in the presence of a pastor.

Salvation – God grants us the gift of grace, which enables us to gain the faith necessary for salvation.

The Cross – The empty cross symbolizes the risen Christ who opened the Kingdom of Heaven.

Marriage – Presbyterians believe in the sacredness of marriage. They attempt to curb divorce by encouraging young people to seriously prepare for marriage.

The Sacraments – Presbyterians recognize two sacraments as described in the Bible.

Baptism – this sacrament unites us with Jesus Christ and makes us members of God’s family, the church. For Presbyterians, Baptism: 
– is an initiation into the church community, as ordered by Christ
– is a public confession, not a private one — it’s a statement of faith made in the presence of others
– does not guarantee access to heaven — unbaptized people are not denied salvation
– can be performed in another church — there is no need to be rebaptized in a Presbyterian church.
 

Communion – also called the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or the Eucharist — is a time to renew faith and strengthen participants for the duties and privileges of Christian service. In communion, the bread and wine represent the sacrificial body and blood of Christ and recall the last meal shared with the Apostles. Together they symbolize the New Covenant between God and all people.