What We Believe
Christ Presbyterian Church Wallingford is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
To enjoy and serve in Jesus' community here, we do not expect you to sign off on every detail of our theological convictions. Rather, we want everyone to join us on the journey of a life with God, embracing the essential tenets of the gospel and committing to a humble, teachable attitude along the way.
So, we simply like to say that we are a faith community that is theologically aligned to historic confessional Christianity. This means we affirm the Apostles' and Nicene creeds, continued and refined through the Reformed confessions and creeds of the 16th and 17th centuries, and summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
Brief Statement of Faith
This is a brief, non-technical statement of the Christian faith that we uphold. It is derived from the Bible as expressed by churches influenced by the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century
- We believe that our aim in life and death should be to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
- God teaches us how to do this through His holy, inspired, infallible Word.
- God is one God but three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- God created all things, including man in His own image, and entered into a covenant of life with him.
- But man fell into sin through his willful disobedience and into this bondage we have been born.
- Being fallen in Adam, we are by nature children of wrath, under the condemnation of God.
- God did not leave us to perish in our sin, but has redeemed His people through Jesus Christ our Lord. He bore the penalty due to our sins in His own body on the cross and fulfilled in His own person the obedience we owe.
- Jesus was raised from death for our justification and ascended into heaven, there He sits interceding for the church and governing the whole world.
- This redemption is applied to all God’s people through His Holy Spirit who works faith in us and unites us to Christ.
- God requires of us under the gospel to turn with grief and hatred of our sin and rest upon Jesus Christ alone for salvation, and that having turned we should now walk in the Spirit, fulfilling the obedience we owe Christ as our King.
- God has established His church in the world to administer His sacraments so that the riches of His grace in the gospel may be made known in all the earth.
- Jesus Christ will come again to judge the world in righteousness.