WHAT WE BELIEVE
COMMON BELIEFS WITH ALL FOLLOWERS OF JESUS
We hold these central beliefs with all believers throughout the history of the Christian faith and across the spectrum of The Church:
Trinity - that God is One: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Incarnation - that Christ is fully divine and fully human
COMMON BELIEFS WITH ALL PROTESTANTS
In addition to the core essentials mentioned above, we join Protestants in declaring:
-Salvation is by grace alone.
-Scripture is our sole guide for faith and practice.
COMMON BELIEFS WITH THOSE IN THE REFORMED TRADITION
As Presbyterians who emerged from the Reformation with a particular theological bent and practice, we join with others on this branch of the Church's tree with an added emphasis on:
-The sovereignty of God. God is ultimately in charge of all things.
-The election of God's people for His service. We did not choose God but He first chose us.
-The covenant (agreement) initiated by God which binds us to each other and to God.
-The stewardship of all creation. We are accountable for how we invest ourselves in the work of God's Kingdom.
-The reality of sin in all people. We are all flawed and broken. Only God is perfect and without error.
We also use many confessional statements expressed by the Church over the centuries to guide us in what scripture leads us to believe,
say and do.
LIVING IN THE TENSION OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)
While we continue to be a part of the PC(USA) and actively participate in the mission of The Presbytery of Western Colorado, we have agreed to disagree on various positions within our denomination. We joined with The Fellowship of Presbyterians in 2012. After much discussion and prayer, we humbly made our position on same-sex marriage (Marriage Statement) clear in 2015. Our elders, deacons and pastors all stand together in the vows (Ordination Vows) we take as leaders, knowing that we do not have full understanding about a number of issues but still need to lead with clarity.