What We Believe
Doctrine of God
• We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, Creator of all that is, seen and unseen.
• We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Messiah of Israel, and Savior of the world; we believe He lived a sinless life, died an atoning death, rose again, and ascended to the right hand of the Father. He now reigns in heaven, and intercedes continually for His people. He will come again in glory at the end of the age to judge the living and the dead.
• We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life. The Holy Spirit is everywhere present, the source of all good thoughts and desires. The Holy Spirit has spoken and continues to speak through holy Scripture.
Doctrine of Revelation
• We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God written; though not containing all that can be known of God, they are sufficient and authoritative, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
Doctrine of Humanity
• We believe in justification by grace alone through faith alone: human beings, made in God's image, are both wonderful and fallen. Due to sin, their natural disposition is away from God. Human beings are reconciled to God and brought to new life through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. We respond to God's call by faith and repentance, and experience the new birth.
• We believe every Christian should grow in the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ through Scripture study, prayer, corporate worship, and the regular fellowship and discipline of belonging to a community with other believers. Therefore, we encourage formal church membership as a reflection of commitment to the body of Christ.
Doctrine of the Church
• We believe the church is one body, that it is catholic in nature, and finds expression in various congregations that proclaim the Word of God, administer the sacraments and apply godly discipline to the faithful; we are members of the Confessing Church movement of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and believe that the Reformed tradition as laid out in the Book of Confessions and the Book of Order is the most faithful exposition of what Scripture would have us believe and do.
• We believe in two sacraments, visible signs of invisible grace that link us to Christ: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
This Statement of Faith was adopted by the Session of Woodland Presbyterian Church in October, 2004.