South CLT Pres is a church in Charlotte, NC that welcomes skeptics, the curious, and believers alike in their search for truth and life. We believe that Biblical Christianity offers the best answers to the biggest and hardest questions we wonder about.
We embrace and preach the good news that God rescued us from his just judgment for our sinful ways through the life, death, and resurrection of his son Jesus Christ. Although we were once enemies of God and dead in our sins, we are made alive again in Christ and reconciled to God through Christ's sacrifice. We believe that God will one day renew his creation on earth and we will enjoy new lives with him forever.
This gift is not given because of our best efforts, even religiously. It is given as a gift of God's immeasurable grace alone. Grace is free to anyone who believes in sufficiency of Christ's death for their sins and results in a new and transforming life.
The Doctrines of Our Faith
Our church is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), whose doctrinal beliefs are founded in Reformed theology.
We believe the good news of Jesus Christ found in the inspired Scriptures which is the basis of authentic faith in Christ.
We believe in the primary doctrines of the historic Christian church found in universal summaries of the faith such as the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. These universal creeds articulate the very basics of Christianity and what we believe about Christ.
We believe in the primary and secondary doctrines of Reformed Christianity found in the Westminster Confession of Faith with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms which not only explain the Scriptures well but provide a framework for life in Christ and his church that uses all of the Bible.
These beliefs are summarized below.
The Bible is the inspired and inerrant word of God. It consists exclusively of the Old Testament, which points us to Christ, and the New Testament, which fulfills God's promise to deliver us through Christ.
There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who is to be loved, honored, and adored.
All mankind participated in Adam's fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally helpless.
The sovereign God, for no other reason than His own unfathomable love and mercy, has chosen lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the power of the Holy Spirit and through the atoning death
of Jesus Christ.
Those sinners whom the Spirit makes alive, come to believe in Christ as Savior by the Word of God, are born again, become sons of God, and will persevere to the end.
After life on earth, the Christian's soul passes immediately into the presence of God and the unbeliever's soul is cast into condemnation.
Justification is by faith alone and through it the undeserving sinner is clothed with the righteousness of Christ and therefore declared righteous before God.
Sanctification is the work of God's grace to renew man after the image of God, whereby, the life of the Christian manifests death to sin, holiness, and good works for the glory of God.
Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
Baptism is a sign of God's covenant promise to his people and is properly administered to children of believers in their infancy, as well as to those who come to Christ for the first time in adulthood. Believers, infant or adult, are not saved by baptism but by faith alone.
We believe that doctrines of third importance such as matters of the millennium, spiritual gifts or worship styles are disputable matters where faithful followers of Christ have honest disagreements but can still live in harmony in the church.