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Some Basic Beliefs
What do we believe? That is one of the most important questions anyone can ask about a church! It is important to know what we believe about God, the Bible, Church, Human Nature and pretty much everything else. The best way to find out is to join us for worship. You will see our commitment to Scripture, our passion to grow closer to and serve Jesus Christ, and you will see our ministries firsthand. We’ll also give you a copy of our Confession of Faith, which lays out the basics.
If you’re a Christian and familiar with the ancient creeds, then it may simply be most helpful to know that we keep to the orthodox faith of the church as expressed in the Apostles Creed. We have also listed some of our basic beliefs below that might be helpful to you.
We believe in God as Creator and Caretaker; in Jesus Christ as divine Savior and Lord; and in the Holy Spirit as God present and at work everywhere in creation.
Sin and Salvation
Human beings disobey God, like Adam and Eve, and are in need of spiritual rebirth. God initiates salvation, sending the Holy Spirit to all persons, calling them to repentance and faith. They have a choice of acceptance or rejection. "Whosoever believes" is redeemed. Persons are set into right relations with God by faith, and not by works. Salvation is a gift of God's grace, not something earned or merited. Once God makes covenant with persons, and they with God, they will never totally fall from the state of grace, nor withdraw permanently from God. God never forsakes them, and continually works to maintain the relationship.
Beginning Christians are like babes in Christ, they have only just been born. All Christians need to grow continually throughout their years in capacity to receive God's grace, and in the ability to live the Christian life.
The holy scriptures are the infallible rule of faith and practice, the authoritative guide for Christian living. The holy scriptures are the 66 books contained in the Old and New Testaments. We recognize that while the scriptures are infallible their translation from ancient languages is subject to human limitations. We do not limit ourselves to any one translation of the Bible but seek always for a deeper understanding of God's word.
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church considers itself to be a part of the Holy Universal Church, consisting of all who have made covenant with God through Jesus Christ, We are not sectarian. We are one of the many communions who belong to God.
The Sacraments are celebrations of the covenant in which Christ mysteriously is present and active. We accept two Sacraments, Baptism and the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion. Through God's presence, work, and will, they are made effective. The elements of water, fruit of the vine, and bread are signs and symbols and remain what they are. The Sacraments are not essential to salvation but are a necessary means of grace. The Sacraments are administered in the context of Christian worship and are central to worship.
Death and Resurrection
We do not believe in the natural immortality of the soul. Eternal life is a gift from God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. We are raised with him through our conversion. Eternal life is a living relation with God (John 17:3) which continues more completely after death when full redemption shall be ours in the resurrection of the body.
End of Days
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church accepts what the Bible says about heaven and hell, though the *Confession of Faith speaks but briefly about them. There is a divergence of opinions concerning these concepts. There is no full statement in the Confession of Faith about the Last Days and the Second Coming of Christ. No speculation is done about the time and manner of these events. However, Cumberland Presbyterians declare in the final words of the Confession of Faith, "in the consummation of history, at the coming of Jesus Christ, the kingdoms of the world shall become the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever."
*The official Confession of Faith and Government of the Cumberland Presbyterian Churches