What We Believe

Presbyterianism is a form of Christianity. The term Presbyterian comes from the greek word presbuteros which means “elder”. Elders are those chosen, or elected, to govern the church in a democratic fashion.

Presbyterians, as a Christian group, believe in:

  • God as creator of the universe
  • Christ as the incarnation of God on earth
  • The Holy Spirit as God’s presence in the world and in the believer
  • The church as a company of Christ’s followers
  • Forgiveness of sins made possible by the crucifixion of Christ
  • Life everlasting as revealed through the resurrection of Jesus
  • The Bible as the inspired Word of God.

Presbyterians look to the Bible for inspiration and guidance in their daily lives.

The Presbyterian Church also has a Book of Creeds and Confessions which are expression of our faith at different times in history. In this book you will find:

  • The Apostles’ Creed
  • The Nicene Creed
  • The Scots Confession
  • The Heidelberg Confession
  • The Second Helvetic Cofnession
  • The Westminster Confession
  • The Westminster Larger Catechism
  • The Westminster Shorter Catechism
  • The Barmen Declaration
  • The Confession of 1967
  • A Brief Statement of Faith
  • The Belhar Confession




First Presbyterian Church is a community of believers growing in their Faith, who gather to worship God, support one another in love, teach and encourage one another to serve God in Cadillac and throughout the world.