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Who Are Presbyterians

Who are Presbyterians

From time to time, people visiting our church have asked me the question, “What do Presbyterians believe?” In our day the use of a word like “Methodist” or “Baptist” or “Presbyterian” can be very confusing, since those who use these labels are so diverse. I will attempt to answer the question based on my understanding […]

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Presbyterians are Christians

We believe in the fundamental truths of the Christian faith, as expressed in historic Trinitarian statements such as the Nicene Creed or Apostles Creed. Families are brought into the membership of Presbyterian churches through a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. That profession of faith requires an understanding and affirmation of […]

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Presbyterians are Evangelicals

The word “evangelical” comes from the Greek word for “gospel” or “good news”. Historically, “evangelical” has been used as a label for those who hold to the Bible as a statement of absolute truth. It is the written Word of God, the good news worthy of our complete trust. We believe that the 66 books […]

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Presbyterians are Reformed

The word “reformed” is used in a variety of contexts with very different meanings. We use the term to describe a large segment of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries. “Reformed” theologians are committed to the goal of the ongoing work of reforming the church according to the unchanging standards of the […]

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Presbyterians Understand the Bible Covenantally

God deals with His people by way of covenant (Matthew 26:28, Luke 1:72, 2 Cor 3:6, Heb 8:13). A covenant is a solemn arrangement between God and His people. God entered into a covenant of works with Adam in the garden of Eden, demanding Adam’s perfect obedience. Adam’s failure would mean death for him and […]

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Presbyterians Endeavor to Live Covenantally

God has made a covenant of grace with us as His people. We are to respond to that covenant with faith and obedience. As part of that obedience the Lord calls us to live in covenant with others, displaying the law and grace of God in our various relationships as we live as citizens of […]

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Presbyterians Believe in Biblical Church Government

The Scriptures indicate that God has ordained a government for the church. The Father has set His Son to reign as the King of the Church. He has given gifts to His people, and has given continuing offices to the church of elders and deacons. The elders include ministers, teachers, and pastors. These men are […]

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Welcome!

Finally, Presbyterians believe that there are many faithful Christians who belong to other denominations. Even beyond the bounds of the Christian faith, we certainly desire that all of our friends and neighbors in the Gardendale area would be blessed in great ways, regardless of their religious perspectives. On a more personal note, I am glad […]

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