Our Beliefs

Bible

South Charlotte Presbyterian Church welcomes both skeptics and believers in their search for truth and life. We believe that Biblical Christianity offers the best answers to the biggest and hardest questions about life.

The Gospel

We embrace and preach the good news that God rescued us from his just judgment for our sinful existence 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.

None of this is given according to any of our own merit, but by his immeasurable grace alone. This grace is free to anyone who believes in the sufficiency of Christ's death to account for our sins.

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. In particular we believe that the purest expression of our faith is found in the following creeds, catechisms, and confessions:

The Westminster Confession of Faith
The Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechism
The Heidelberg Catechism
The Apostle's Creed
The Nicene Creed

These beliefs are summarized by the following:

Scripture

The Bible is the inspired 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).

The Trinity

There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who is to be loved, honored, and adored.

Rebellion

All mankind participated in Adam's fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally helpless.

Redemption

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

The Holy Spirit

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.

Judgment

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

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

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.

Baptism

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 as adults to trust in Christ.

Consummation

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.