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