What We Believe
Presbyterian Church in America
We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.
We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.
We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.
We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.
We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Our vision and model
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church is rooted in the following, based on Acts 2:42, as a vision and model for our church moving forward.
- The Apostles’ teaching. We affirm the sufficiency of scripture, and we view the Bible as the infallible and inspired word of God. As a Reformed body of believers, we also recognize the Westminster Confession of Faith as a treatise rooted in scripture and rich in Biblical truth. Regarding theology and specific issues surrounding the justification of unbelievers and the sanctification of believers, we look to these timeless texts as our guide and source of truth.
- The fellowship. The body of Christ, the church, is bound together and knit together with love. The unity of believers transcends individual distinctions and is unique in the world. As Christ transforms us, our relationships deepen and our desire to serve grows. In this way, we humbly strive to model Christ’s love to the world, serving and loving each other as He has loved us.
- The breaking of bread. This phrase refers to the unifying activity of believers sharing meals together. It also reminds us of the Lord’s Supper, a church sacrament instituted for the spiritual nurturing of believers and “for the perpetual remembrance of the sacrifice of [Jesus] Himself in His death.”
- Prayer. Through prayer, a church displays its utter dependence on the Father. Prayer also is the primary scriptural means of access to our source of strength: the Holy Spirit. Prayer undergirds and makes possible all that the church does. Finally, prayer equips the individual believer with power to change. Our battles with sin, our sanctification and journey to holiness, our continuing love for God and our fellow man- these are all dependent on our active, healthy lives of prayer. We thus display and maintain our relationship with Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.
Anticipated Fruits of This Model
Act 2:43-47 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. (44) All the believers were together and had everything in common. (45) Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. (46) Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, (47) praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.