What We Believe
Presbyterians were part of the Reformation in the 16th century in Europe. These religious communities were protesting the way faith was practiced in their particular time and context. They came to be known broadly as the Protestant church. We share with others from this tradition the five core beliefs of the Protestant church (sometimes called the Five Solas):
- By Scripture alone
- By Faith alone
- By Grace alone
- By Christ alone
- All to the glory of God alone
We are part of the Presbyterian Church (USA), one of the oldest Protestant church bodies in the country. Being Presbyterian means several things to us:
We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the word of God written for us and bear unique and authoritative witness to God's ultimate revelation: the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ.
We are creedal. That is, we believe that the ways people have expressed their faith in specific contexts throughout history is helpful for us today. Our current Book of Confessions contains twelve statements of faith that span the church's history. You can download a copy of our Book of Confession here.
We are trinitarian. That is, we believe that God is expressed in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Our creedal tradition further clarifies what it means for Jesus to be the Son of God. We believe that Jesus was both fully human (the Son of Man) and fully divine (the Son of God).
We believe that in his life, death and resurrection, Jesus makes it possible for us to be in full relationship with God and with each other. Whatever sin has broken, Jesus has set right. We do nothing to earn God's favor, that favor is extended to us as a free gift.
We practice a connectional faith. We are part of a national body (called the General Assembly), a regional body (the Synod of Lakes and Prairies) and a more local body (the Presbytery of Central Nebraska). We believe that these connections strengthen us, encourage us to boldly live out our faith, and hold us accountable for our life together.
We practice a broadly ecumenical faith. Though we are proud of our denomination and history, we desire to work along side of anyone who is striving to bring God's justice and wholeness into our world.
We practice leadership by plurality. At all levels, our church is organized into deliberative bodies (called counsels) that together strive to listen for the voice of God and discern the will of God.
We believe in liberty of conscious. What someone chooses to believe is between each person and God. There is no civil or religious authority that can bind another person's conscience with respect to any particular belief.