What We Believe
“Reformata semper reformanda”
Reformed and always being reformed
(by the power of the Holy Spirit)
Columbia Presbyterian Church is a Christian community of believers founded on the ideals of the Protestant Reformation and based on the concept of democratic rule under the authority of God.
The word Presbyterian comes from “presbuteros” – Greek for “elder.” It refers to the system in apostolic times of choosing leaders from among the wisest members of the church.
All that is required to be a Presbyterian is to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, to trust in his forgiveness and salvation, and to seek to follow Christ and Christ’s example for living. Anyone who can be a Christian can be a Presbyterian!
Some Basic Beliefs:
God the Father: Creator of the universe.
Jesus Christ: The incarnation of God on earth; fully human and fully divine; and the Head of the church.
Holy Spirit: The presence of God in the world and in the believer.
The Church: A universal company of Christ’s followers.
The Bible: The inspired word of God.
Forgiveness of Sin: Made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Life Everlasting: Shown by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
The Trinity: One God existing in 3 persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Heaven: The souls of the faithful are reunited with God in a loving relationship.
Hell: Separation from God, which may exist now as well as in the hereafter.
Two Sacraments: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper
Baptism (including Infant Baptism): The visible sign and seal that we have been united with Christ through water and the Spirit by God’s invisible grace and made members of the household of God.
The Lord’s Supper (also called Communion or Eucharist): The visible sign and seal that we continue to be united, by God’s invisible grace, with the Risen Christ and with all believers of every time and place as we share the Bread and the Cup.