What We Believe
We are sinners in need of God’s grace.
We are saved by God’s grace, which we receive through faith in Jesus Christ. Apart from Christ, we are dead. In Christ, we have new life.
We know our God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – through the Bible, which we receive as the inspired and inerrant word of God, our only infallible rule of faith and practice. See link below.
We believe the Holy Bible to be the true Word of God, and therefore we receive and adopt the Apostle’s Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Westminster Confession of Faith and its related catechisms as reliable summaries of what the Bible teaches about God, humanity, and the Christian life of gratitude.
The word “Presbyterian” refers to the way churches like ours are organized and governed. In Presbyterianism, local churches elect elders (also known as presbyters) who provide congregations with spiritual guidance and oversight. We are part of a larger body known as the Presbyterian Church in America where groups of elders from local congregations gather periodically for accountability and service among sister congregations in regional gatherings called Presbytery, and annually at a national gathering of all Presbyteries called General Assembly.
See Presbyterian Church in America. This site gives explanations about this denomination’s beliefs and government.
See biblegateway.com. You can find the entire Holy Bible, New Testament and Old Testament on this site. It can be a quick reference or your main Bible study resource.
Our purpose is to know, live out of, and proclaim the wonder of God’s grace in Jesus so that the influence of God’s kingdom may grow in St. Elmo, its neighboring communities, and the world-transforming individuals, families, and communities.