What Presbyterians Believe††††††††††††††††
What do Presbyterians believe?
Some of the principles expressed by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of Scripture, justification by grace through faith, and the priesthood of all believers. Collectively, these beliefs affirm that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe and our knowledge of God and God's purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly as revealed in the New Testament through the life, teachings, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God's generous gift to us and not something that we can earn through doing good works. (For it is by Godís grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but Godís gift, so that no one can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9) Although we do not have to do anything to earn salvationóin fact we cannot do anything because everything already has been done by and through Jesus Christóbut everyone is called to respond to this free gift through acts of ministry, mission, and service. We do not respond because we have got to, but because we get to out of our love for all that Jesus has done for us.