Here at WPC we are a member of the larger PC(USA). Although each of our members have differing views on certain issues; we teach within the framework of the reformed protestant church. To get a better idea of what that means check out the PC(USA) site.
Find a Clear Explanation in The 4-Spiritual Laws, Written by Bill Bright Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. Any questions contact Rev. Steve here.
I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Rev. Steve's Statement of Faith
I assert one God, who is made of three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father made and sustains all things. The Son is not a creature; but, the very being of God together in the Trinity from the beginning. The Son was sent for our salvation; became 100% man, while remaining to be fully God; and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered death and was buried, though He arose again and ascended into Heaven. At the Son’s ascension, He ascended without losing His humanness. From there, He abides with the Father and Spirit; and reigns over all things, including our judgment. The Holy Spirit is fully God as well. He proceeds from the Father and the Son, as there is no hierarchy in God. The Spirit gives us life, and binds us to the saving acts of Christ. The Holy Spirit links us to Christ so that it is no longer I that live, but Christ. I believe in one unified Church; which serves as the body of Christ. The Church is called to reflect the Kingdom of Heaven to the world through witnessing to the gospel, living and nurturing the Christian community, worshiping God and seeking justice in all things. I look to the resurrection of the body and the full fruition of God’s eternal reign as obvious to all.
The human condition is one of brokenness. We are broken in that our relationship to God has been broken by our sin. Sin causes us to rebel against God and each other. Sin separates us from union with the Father because the wages of sin is death. God requires blood for the forgiveness of sin, whether that is the sacrifice of animals under the old covenant or of the Son under the new covenant. Jesus Christ is the incarnate of God in human form. His incarnation is the fullest revelation of the Word of God. In his humanity, He heard God’s Word and lived out the response God requires of all humans. He is, therefore, the Word of God to earth and the fulfillment of the proper response to God on our behalf. His life was that response, even unto his death. Christ’s life and death reconciled us to God and to each other; defeated sin, evil and death; showed us the proper way to live; and exposed our wickedness (and probably did a whole lot more). He is continuing to do all of these things within the Trinity. We are united to Christ and his work by the Holy Spirit. Union with Christ through the Spirit binds us to salvation, and leads to transformation.
I believe that God has revealed Himself to humanity in creation, in His interactions with Israel His chosen people, and most clearly in Jesus Christ known by the power of the Holy Spirit within the Scriptures of the New Testament. The Bible as a whole is the reliable, divinely inspired, witness of God’s people, witnessing to that which the Spirit of God had made known and revealed to them. Chiefly, the Word of God, the Word Made Flesh.
In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel. Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition,Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community.
But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments. we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation.In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.
We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life.The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!” With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen