- The Bible alone is the only rule for faith and practice. It is the Word of God. In it, God tells us how we may be forgiven of our sins and made right with Him. We desire to conform ourselves to the Bible, not to make the Bible fit into our lives.
- Christ alone is Head and King of the Church. From the PCA Book of Church Order (OK, OK, it’s long for a webpage and some of the words are technical, but it is so critical to who we are as a church that we have to put it here, and beg you to read it slowly and thoughtfully!) :
Jesus Christ, upon whose shoulders the government rests, whose name is called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace; of the increase of whose government and peace there shall be no end; who sits upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom to order it and to establish it with judgment and justice from henceforth, even forever (Isaiah 9:6-7); having all power given unto Him in heaven and in earth by the Father, who raised Him from the dead and set Him at His own right hand, far above all principality and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come, and has put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the Head over all things to the Church, which is His body (Ephesians 1:20-23); He, being ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things, received gifts for His Church, and gave all offices necessary for the edification of His Church and the perfecting of His saints (Ephesians 4:10-13). Jesus, the Mediator, the sole Priest, Prophet, King, Savior, and Head of the Church, contains in Himself, by way of eminency, all the offices in His Church, and has many of their names attributed to Him in the Scriptures. He is Apostle, Teacher, Pastor, Minister, Bishop and the only Lawgiver in Zion.
It belongs to His Majesty from His throne of glory to rule and teach the Church through His Word and Spirit by the ministry of men; thus mediately exercising His own authority and enforcing His own laws, unto the edification and establishment of His Kingdom. Christ, as King, has given to His Church officers, oracles and ordinances; and especially has He ordained therein His system of doctrine, government, discipline and worship, all of which are either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary inference may be deduced therefrom; and to which things He commands that nothing be added, and that from them naught be taken away. Since the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven, he is present with the Church by His Word and Spirit, and the benefits of all His offices are effectually applied by the Holy Ghost.
Our church Constitution:
The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in America, which is subject to and subordinate
to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the inerrant Word of God, consists of its
doctrinal standards set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith, together with the Larger
and Shorter Catechisms, and the Book of Church Order, comprising the Form of Government,
the Rules of Discipline and the Directory for Worship; all as adopted by the Church.