What we Believe

Historically, Christians have used shorthand to refer to the basics of the faith. These are often called the "Solas" of the Reformation church. Standing in the heritage of the great Protestant Reformation, we affirm these:
  1. Sola Scriptura - The Bible is our authority, the only standard for faith and life
  2. Sola Gratia - We are saved by grace alone
  3. Sola Fide - We are saved through faith alone
  4. Solus Christus - We are saved in Christ alone
  5. Soli Deo Gloria - We are saved to the glory of God alone

The Bible

Our beliefs are founded upon the Bible - the inerrant, infallible Word of God.
Bible "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16)

This means that we believe in the Triune God, Jehovah: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We acknowledge our total inability to save ourselves and, in faith, depend on Christ alone as our Savior. We acknowledge Him as Covenant Lord in every area of life, and we vow together to advance His Kingdom on earth.

Reformed & Presbyterian

"Reformed" in our name refers to our adherence to the biblical principles as proclaimed by the Apostles, held by faithful church believers throughout all ages, and later (after the final departure of the Roman Catholic Church from the Christian faith) reaffirmed in Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. Our spiritual fathers include John Calvin, Alexander Henderson, Samuel Rutherford, James Renwick, Joseph Rhea (the father of the man for whom Rhea County was named.)

"Presbyterian" refers to how the church is managed. Each congregation is under the care of those elected as elders - these are also part of the higher groups of elders known as presbyteries and Synod. These men serve together and hold one another accountable as modeled in Acts 15.

Secondary Standards

Constitution We believe that the Westminster Standards (Confession of Faith, Larger and Shorter Catechisms) are a faithful witness to the Bible and give a concise summary of what the it teaches on many important issues. Even though we believe it to be the best expression of Biblical Christianity, we believe that only the Scriptures are inspired and God-Breathed (2 Tim 3:16, 2 Peter 1:19-21).

The Westminster Standards are subordinate to the Word of God - no human writing can ever be on equal plane with the Bible. As the Standards are from the 17th Century, our denomination has made commentary on other issues from time to time since then. You can learn more about this testimony and commentaries at reformedpresbyterian.org.