BELIEFS

— OUR STATEMENT OF BELIEFS —
  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God, completely true and without error. It is the only source and authority for all matters of life and faith.
  • There is only one true God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This revelation of three persons in one God is called the Trinity.
  • God is the creator of everything that exists. He created all things; out of nothing by His all-creative Word, as expressed in Genesis 1 and John 1.
  • All human life is precious to God and should be protected and supported from conception to natural death.
  • Adam and Eve, the man and woman created by God in the beginning, disobeyed God?s will and brought sin into the world. Since that time, all people have inherited this sinful condition called original sin.
  • Sin is disobeying God and transgressing His holy will in thought, word and deed.
  • People cannot save themselves by their good works or restore themselves to a right relationship with God.
  • God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world. He is both true God and true man. He lived to fulfill God’s law for us, died on the cross to pay the penalty our sins deserved, and rose from the dead so that we might have eternal life. He ascended into heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of God the Father to intercede for us.
  • Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, God declares a person righteous and forgiven. This happens not because of human effort, but because the justification won by Jesus is applied to the one who believes in Jesus alone as Saviour from sin.
  • God moves the heart of the believer to repent of sin, to trust in Jesus as Saviour, and to receive Him by faith. Faith in Jesus is solely a gift of the Holy Spirit.
  • We receive God’s grace and forgiveness personally by the means of grace: God’s Word and Sacraments (Baptism and Holy Communion). By these means, God applies the merits of Jesus’ atoning death to all who believe in Jesus as their Saviour.
  • Jesus will come again on Judgment day. The dead will be raised, and those who are still alive will be bodily transformed. After this, the final judgment will take place. Unbelievers will go into eternal damnation in hell, and believers into eternal life in heaven.
  • The true Christian Church is made up of all believers of all times who believe in the Triune God and in Jesus Christ as their only Saviour.
  • Christians are called to tell others that the only way of salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ, and to show their faith by deeds of love toward others.

God sent His Son to live among us to stand amid the crush of humanity, to teach to the masses, to heal in the marketplace. God doesn?t reside at the edge of human endeavor. He stands in the middle of it. He is Lord of all aspects of our lives. And so, since 1852, St. Andrew’s Trenton has been blessed to stand in the middle of human activity at the heart of Trenton as Christ?s body among us in the marketplace. Performing the work of Christ. Reaching up and reaching out. Loving God and loving people.

St. Andrew’s Trenton stands in the middle of human endeavor interrupting the daily rush of commerce and entertainment, business and recreation, to direct our sights above to the Father. At the top of the Gilmore hill in Trenton, it stands as a beacon, a light, a respite amid the rush, a refuge, a place of worship and comfort, of song and sincere searching, a place to pause on the road between work and home, between coming and going, to stop and learn and gain greater understanding. St. Andrew’s place in the heart of the city contributes to the character of the congregation. These are a people literally willing to go the second mile to gather and worship. A people willing to leave the comfort of home to journey with Jesus on the road and into a marketplace filled with those so in need of Him. A people of all socio- and economic backgrounds coming from all corners of the city to this place, this common ground of faith ? St. Andrew’s.

For more information about the beliefs and practices of the members of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church in Canada please click on PCC web link below:

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