What we Beleive

What We Beleive

 Our system of doctrine is the Reformed faith, also called Calvinism (because Calvin was the most important exponent of it during the Reformation). It pulls together the most significant doctrines taught in the Bible. These doctrines are set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms (with accompanying biblical references). Our system of doctrine is summarized in the following paragraphs.

 

Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation.  Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him. Calvin did much of his writing from Geneva, Switzerland. From there, the Reformed movement spread to other parts of Europe and the British Isles.Started by missionaries from Scotland in the late 1800’s, the PCEA church is today led by Africans with its headqaurter in Nairobi, Kenya. PCEA has about 4 million members, over 1,500 congregations, 500 parishes, 55 presbyteries in Kenya and _ in Tanzania. The church envisions starting presbyteries and congreagtions beyond East Africa. Learn more.

 

 

John Calvin

Presbyterian Beleifs 

Most of the principles articulated by John Calvin are still at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of Scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. What these tenets mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the Old and New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone’s job — ministers and lay people alike — to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.

Grounded in Scriptures 

Our Church believes that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God, the only infallible rule for our faith and conduct. We believe that the Bible alone gives us the correct knowledge of who God is and how we may please him. It teaches that God the Father gave up his Son Jesus Christ to death on the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of his people. We want to share with you the joy that comes from a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Points of interest

Presbyterians confess their beliefs through statements that have been adopted over the years and are contained in The Book of Confessions. These statements reflect our understanding of God and what God expects of us at different times in history, but all are faithful to the fundamental beliefs described above. Even though we share these common beliefs, Presbyterians understand that God alone is lord of the conscience, and it is up to each individual to understand what these principles mean in his or her life.

Belief.

We trace our historical roots to the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation and its seventeenth-century doctrinal statement, the Westminster Confession of Faith, along with its Larger and Shorter Catechisms. The Presbyterian Church understands the importance of defending and maintaining the truths of God's Word. Her ministers, elders, and deacons sincerely receive and adopt these Westminster standards as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures and known as the Reformed faith.

Government.

From the time of Abraham in the Old Testament, God's church has been led by wise elders, men gifted by God and called to govern his church. The word presbyterian comes from the New Testament Greek word presbyteros, meaning "elder." The Presbyterian Church has followed this biblical pattern for church government. Local church elders, along with the pastor, form a "session" to care for the spiritual welfare of our members. Matters of common concern for churches in a given region, such as establishing new congregations and ordaining ministers, are regulated by a body of ministers and elders called a "presbytery." Annually, representatives of our fifty five presbyteries form a "general assembly" to give the whole Church direction and advice.

Presbyterian church government emphasizes that the leadership of the church is shared between those called to be ministers and church members called to be elders within the congregation — we use the terms Teaching Elder to refer to ministers and Ruling Elder to refer to church members called to be elders. This strong emphasis on Presbyterian church government is our heritage from Scottish Presbyterians. The Presbyterian Church is Reformed in its theology and Presbyterian in its church government.

The church puts strong emphasis on the grace of God in Jesus Christ, this is our heritage from the founder of the Reformed tradition, John Calvin.

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Doctrinal Position

Belief and Practice

The supreme standard for belief and practice is the Bible, received as the inspired and inerrant Word of God. In common with all Reformed Faith Presbyterian churches adopts the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. This documents are held to be a systematic and accurate summary of the teaching of Scripture. These documents are the subordinate standards of the denomination.

Our theology is apostolic, Protestant, Reformed and evangelical. There is a desire to maintain in its depth and purity the Christian faith handed down from the beginning. We give prominence to the kingship of Christ. This has implications for human life in all its spheres.

Areas which we continue emphasizing includes Worship, Education and Health. Guided by Words from Colossians 1:18 which express the core of Covenanting theology: 'that in everything he (Christ) might have the supremacy’.

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