Mercy Presbyterian Church is a church plant of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Our theological beliefs are summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
“God is a Spirit, in and of Himself infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection; all-sufficient, eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, everywhere present, almighty, knowing all things, most wise, most holy, most just, most merciful and gracious, long- suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.”
“There are three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one true, eternal God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.”
- from the Westminster Larger Catechism -
God, who is Himself Truth and speaks truth only, has inspired Holy Scripture in order thereby to reveal Himself to lost mankind through Jesus Christ as Creator and Lord, Redeemer and Judge. Holy Scripture is God's witness to Himself.
Holy Scripture, being God's own Word, written by men prepared and superintended by His Spirit, is of infallible divine authority in all matters upon which it touches: it is to be believed, as God's instruction, in all that it affirms: obeyed, as God's command, in all that it requires; embraced, as God's pledge, in all that it promises.
The Holy Spirit, Scripture's divine Author, both authenticates it to us by His inward witness and opens our minds to understand its meaning.
Being wholly and verbally God-given, Scripture is without error or fault in all its teaching, no less in what it states about God's acts in creation, about the events of world history, and about its own literary origins under God, than in its witness to God's saving grace in individual lives.
The authority of Scripture is inescapably impaired if this total divine inerrancy is in any way limited or disregarded, or made relative to a view of truth contrary to the Bible's own; and such lapses bring serious loss to both the individual and the Church.
- from the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy -
God created humans, male and female. He formed the body of the man from the dust of the ground and the woman from the rib of the man. He endowed them with living, reasoning, and immortal souls, made in His own image with knowledge, righteousness and holiness. God gave them dominion over the other creatures he had made. God wrote His law on their hearts and gave them the ability to obey it but with the potential to fall.
The Fall of Man and Sin
Our first parents being left to the freedom of their own will, were tempted by Satan and disobeyed God’s command by eating the forbidden fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and so fell from their original innocence. Because Adam represented all humanity, and because we disobey ourselves and choose to seek independence from God, we are sinners in need of God's mercy. Because of sin, all mankind are separated from God and brought His wrath and curse upon themselves. They are therefore subject to all the miseries of this life, to death itself, and the pains of hell forever.
“The Lord Jesus Christ [is] the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.”
- from the Nicene Creed -
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit [is] the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
- from the Nicene Creed -
The church is the people of God from all ages, saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, the head of the church, also called "the body of Christ." Christians join together in local communities or churches to worship their Lord, to grow together in his likeness, and to enjoy serving him together.