Our Theological Identity
Many people have asked what we at John Knox Presbyterian Church believe. Questions may take different forms: What are our theological distinctives? What does it mean to be a Presbyterian Church? What does it mean to say we are reformed? Are these issues even important? Do we, in our theological tradition, care about evangelism; that is, winning new people to faith in Jesus Christ?
While this document may not answer every question of this nature, as elders and undershepherds of the flock, we do want to help members, visitors and inquirers learn more about our church.
The Session is convinced that our church must not be so broadly open that it fails to make vitally important distinctions which the Bible itself makes; nor are we to insist that every member share the same precise set of theological convictions. To be more specific, JKPC is and will be characterized accurately with the following terms:
We affirm the responsibility of each person to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and our responsibility to extend the Gospel invitation as a call to salvation to everyone who hears its message.
God is the absolute sovereign over all things.
Mankind became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God, apart from divine grace
Salvation is wholly of God, by grace, according to the purpose of his will.
we are confessional
We hold as a subordinate standard to the divine authority of Scripture:
the ancient Christian creeds. (Apostles and Nicene)
the historic doctrines of the Reformation, specifically the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.
We believe that the unifying principle of the Scriptures is the one covenant of grace made with the second Adam, Jesus Christ. This single covenant was revealed through Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and finally, and most importantly, in Jesus Christ himself.
The covenant is a relationship of loving loyalty that God has initiated with us as His people throughout human history.
The word "Presbyterian" refers to our form of governance. We believe that the most clear biblical pattern is for churches to be governed by presbyters (elders) who rule jointly in what are called “church courts”: sessions, presbyteries and the General Assembly.
The PCA holds to be:
faithful to the Holy Scriptures,
true to the Reformed Faith, and
obedient to the Great Commission.