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What We Believe

We hold to the teachings of Scripture as proclaimed by the early church in the Apostles and Nicene Creeds, and as summarized in the Westminster Confession and Catechisms.

Our Faith

  • There is one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • The Bible is the Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life
  • All human beings are created in God’s image, but separated from Him by sin
  • Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God, who became fully human to redeem us
  • We are forgiven and reconciled to God through Jesus’ death and resurrection
  • Salvation unto eternal life is the free gift of God, received through faith alone
  • To trust and follow Jesus, we depend fully on the power of the Holy Spirit
  • God’s Spirit unites believers in the fellowship of the church for mutual edification
  • Jesus will return to bring his people to eternal glory in a new heavens and a new earth

 

OUR NAME

We are Reformed because we stand with those Protestant Reformers of the 16th century who sought to return the church to the authority of the Bible alone, and the Bible’s teaching that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. We are Presbyterian because our church is led, under Christ, by “presbyters” (elders), elected by members of the church, and it is accountable to the “presbytery” made up of elders throughout the Upstate New York and Eastern Ontario region.

OUR WORSHIP

The worship we offer to God, along with all churches that preach the gospel, is acceptable only because of Jesus Christ, through whom we approach God’s throne of grace with boldness and joyful thanksgiving. We aim for a style of worship that is biblical, spiritual, simple, and reverent, without being stiff, focusing on prayer, on preaching that is clear, gospel-centered, expository, and applicational, on praising God with the unaccompanied singing of biblical psalms, and on celebrating the new covenant in the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

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