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Beliefs

Christ Church East is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), a family of local churches whose core beliefs are summarized in the 17th Century Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. Below is a synopsis of some of the more important articles of our faith:

  1. The Bible is the Word of God and teaches us unfailing truth about God, ourselves and our world.
  2. There is one eternal, perfect God who exists in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All three persons of the Trinity are active in the world, take part in our lives, and are to be loved and worshipped.
  3. Man was created sinless, but fell from that perfection when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God. Because Adam represented all humanity, and because we disobey ourselves and choose to seek independence from God (the root of all sin), we are sinners in need of God's mercy. All creation bears the mark of our sin: it is restless and longing for rest.
  4. Rather than leaving us to experience the just penalty of our sin, God chose, out of the depths of His love and mercy, to bring His children back into relationship with Him. The Father accomplished this salvation by sending Jesus to live a perfect life, and then die as a substitute for us, bearing the penalty for our sin on the cross. The Holy Spirit works in our hearts to show us our need for Christ, to give us faith to believe in Him, to enable us to do good works, and to assure us of God's love.
  5. We are forgiven and brought back into relationship with God only through faith in what Christ did for us through His life and death. The church is the living fellowship of people who have been graciously saved through faith in Christ.
  6. Because salvation is God's work and not ours, God will keep us secure in His love to the end, and will surely set right all that human sin has made wrong.
  7. God has saved us in order that we might enjoy Him and live for His glory. God desires that we live holy and obedient lives, not to earn His favor, but rather to show Him our love and gratitude.
  8. In life, the loving community of believers reflects the joy of heaven to come. At death, believers’ souls immediately pass into God’s joyous presence. Hell is the place of God’s righteous justice, where those who die without Christ live eternally apart from God and any trace of His goodness.
  9. Baptism is a sign of God's covenant promises to His people, and should be administered to all who place their trust in Christ, as well as their children.
  10. Jesus Christ will return to earth at a future time that is not known to any human. Bringing history to a close, he will complete the eternal plan of God by bringing final and complete rest to his people and to his creation.