God is the focus of true worship. Philip. 3:3 (NIV) “For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh–“
Worship is to be Christ-centered. Only those who have received Christ as their personal Lord and Savior can truly worship God. John 4:23-24 (NIV) “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
The Bible (The Old and New Testaments – cover to cover) is the inspired Word of God. It is to be the deciding factor in all we believe and do. 2 Tim. 3:16-17 (NIV) “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
The whole Bible and character of God is to be preached. 2 Tim. 4:2 (NIV) “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. ” 1 Thes. 5:19-21 (NIV) “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. “
All men and women, by nature, are sinners, rightly deserving the wrath of God. Romans 3:23 (NIV) “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, …”
No one can be saved by his own efforts. Only by turning to Christ Jesus, confessing and repenting of their sinful nature and trusting Jesus alone can anyone be saved. John 14:6 (NIV) “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
All who do not truly trust in Christ will face the final judgment – being cast into hell with Satan and his angels for all eternity.
Romans 5:12 (NIV) “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned–“
Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Galatians 2:16 (NIV) “…know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.”
All who truly receive Christ as their personal Lord and Savior will dwelling with Him in His home for all eternity. 1 John 5:11 (NIV) “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” 2 Cor. 5:1 (NIV) “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”
We are to proclaim the Word of God beginning at home and spreading out to the whole world. Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'”
While no person is without sin, we are to seek to be holy as God is Holy with all our strength, mind and soul. 1 Peter 1:15-16 (NIV) “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.'”
Obedience to God according to His Word and loving one another is proof of His salvation. John 14:15 (NIV) “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
For a complete statement of the beliefs of the PCA and Christ Ridge Presbyterian Church, please study the Westminster confession of Faith with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
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Christ Ridge Presbyterian Church is a member of Fellowship Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The Presbyterian Church in America was founded in 1973 as a response to the movement of the larger Presbyterian denominations toward theological liberalism. The PCA is conservative, Reformed denomination that spans from Virginia to California, and Florida to Washington State. The PCA emphasizes a call to be faithful to the Scriptures, true to the Reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission. This vibrant and growing denomination holds a high view the Scriptures, the divinity of the Lord Jesus, and the universal need for people to repent and believe in Jesus. The governing documents of the PCA are The Westminster Confession of Faith with Shorter and Larger Catechisms, and The Book of Church Order both of which can be found on our resources page.