What We Believe
First Presbyterian Church uses a variety of Statements of Faith in our worship services, both ancient and modern, including the ancient ecumenical creeds that are used by many other Christian denominations.
The Book of Confessions, which is the first part of our church constitution, also includes Statements of Faith from the Reformation as well as more modern statements. Among these are:
What Presbyterians Believe
Presbyterians Today magazine has an ongoing series of online articles on "What Presbyterians Believe" that explores the Biblical and theological foundations of our faith:
Angels | The Ascension | The Atonement | Baptism | Infant Baptism | (Don't) Believe |
The Bible | Church and State | Communion | Confessions | How Presbyterians Make Decisions |
Ecclesia Reformata... | Education | The End of the World | Eschatology | Eschatology II |
Evangelism | Evil | Forgiveness | Grace | Hell | The Holy Spirit | Jesus |
Life After Death | Lord of the Conscience | Mary | Miracles | Mission |
Ordination | Predestination | Predestination II | Priesthood of Believers |
The Resurrection of Jesus | Stewardship | The Trinity | Work | Worship
The seal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is comprised of the symbol, the basic components of which are the cross, scripture, a descending dove at the upper part of the cross, and flames on either side of the lower part of the cross. The name of the denomination (Presbyterian Church U.S.A.) encircles the symbol. A special web page explains in greater detail each part of this important symbol of our church.
For many generations, the Heidelberg, with the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms, has helped Christians understand their faith from the perspective of our Reformed faith. These statements of faith can be found in our Book of Confessions. The 210th General Assembly (1998) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved new catechisms for use in the church. The new catechisms are available as individual books and online. Belonging to God is intended for children in the third or fourth grade. The Study Catechism is for youth and adults, and is also available in a Confirmation edition for youth Confirmation classes.
Links to More Information about the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):