The Gospel: The Center of the Christian Faith
The mission of Faith Presbyterian Church is to faithfully preach “Christ and him crucified” (I Corinthians 2:2). This means that at the center of our preaching and teaching is the message of the Gospel, that, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Each of us is born in sin, and “none is righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Indeed, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). In addition, in the beginning, God promised life to Adam and Eve if they obeyed his commandments, and death if they disobeyed. They disobeyed and because of that, sin entered into all the human race, and with sin, death and condemnation (Romans 5:12). God is an all-holy and all-perfect God, and of him it is said, “evil may not dwell with you” (Psalm 5:4). This means that, unless our sins are covered, all of us must be destroyed, for we all have evil in us. This is precisely what the Bible says will happen to the wicked: “though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever” (Psalm 92:7).
However, God, “not wishing that any should perish” (II Peter 3:9), has made an eternal plan “from before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4) to save those who will turn to him from destruction. The way in which he does this is through his son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is both fully man and fully God. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Even though he was absolutely perfect, Jesus took on all the sins of his chosen ones as though they were his, and paid our debt. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Corinthians 5:21).
All that we need to do is repent and believe. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). Not only will we be absolutely clean in God’s sight, but we will become adopted children of God, “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). We do not do anything to earn our salvation; all it takes is true repentance. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:9-10). However, our gratitude for this gift means that we will seek to obey God. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15), Jesus said. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
To all who are hidden in Jesus, we live in great expectation of our final union to him in heaven upon our death or when he returns again. Meanwhile, we continue the work that Jesus gave to his disciples before his ascension: to go into the world making disciples of all the nations, “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
If you would like to learn more about the gospel, please contact the church office and one of our pastors, elders or deacons would be more than happy to talk more about this with you.
Statement of Belief
We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.
We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit or foreseen faith.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him alone for salvation.
We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.
We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.
We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Westminster Confession of Faith
Faith Presbyterian Church holds that Scripture is inspired by God and is inerrant and infallible. For that reason, we believe Scripture is our highest authority and standard in all matters and is useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and for training in righteousness.
As a subordinate standard, we believe the Westminster Confession of Faith to be a faithful summary of Scripture’s teaching for life and doctrine. This in-depth document has been adopted by reformed churches around the world since its writing in 1646 and clearly expresses our beliefs more fully. Click here to read the Westminster Confession of Faith..
Westminster Shorter Catechism
The Westminster Shorter Catechism is like a “Frequently Asked Questions” document about the Christian faith. It presents our beliefs in a question-and-answer format, making it easy to use for Christians.
Pastor Nicoletti answers eight questions to help us understand and approach our use of the liturgical calendar in a downloadable PDF, “Why We Observe the Traditional Church Calendar.”
The original sermon, including audio and video, is available here.