» What We Believe

Being A Presbyterian

Presbyterians are Protestant Christians whose church is founded on the concept of democratic rule under the Word of God.  Our church is part of the Presbyterian Church USA.

All that is required to be a Presbyterian is to:
*Confess the Christian Faith
*Trust in Christ as our Lord and Savior
*Promise to follow Christ and His teaching for living
*Commit oneself to attend church and become involved in service

Representatives of the congregation are appointed to church governing bodies to oversee the day-to-day work of the church.
*Deacons – conduct charitable ministry of the church
*Elders – manage financial, staff and programming matters

What do Presbyterians believe?

There is no strict set of beliefs that unites Presbyterians or separates them from other followers of Christ.  Presbyterians believe in:
God – The Creator of the universe
Christ – The incarnation of God on earth
The Holy Spirit – The presence of God in the world and in the believer
The church – A universal company of Christ’s followers
Forgiveness of sin – Made possible by the crucifixion of Jesus
Life everlasting – Shown by the resurrection of Jesus
The Bible – The inspired Word of God

Presbyterians have two main sources for inspiration and guidance in their faith.
The Bible – Presbyterians believe the Bible is the most authoritative source for faith
Creeds and Confessions – These are statements of doctrine that express the beliefs of the church/congregation.  Some of these include: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Westminster Confession of Faith, and others.

Some Presbyterian Beliefs
* The Trinity – God exists in the trinity of God, the Son and Holy Spirit
* Christ – Christ is the Son of God
* Heaven – The souls of the faithful are reunited with God
* Hell – Separation from God may exist
* Virgin Birth – Jesus birth was miraculous
* Mary – Mary is honored as the mother of Jesus
* Resurrection – The reuniting of the spiritual body and physical body
* Confession – Voluntary and made directly to God
* Salvation – God grants the gift of grace, which is necessary for salvation
* The Cross – The empty cross symbolizes the risen Christ
* Sacredness of Marriage
* Change – Presbyterians admit different understandings of the confession of Faith
* Parenthood – Does not discourage intelligent, unselfish family planning
* Education – Stress education, both for the ministry and for the laity
* The “only” church – No Christian church has exclusive possession of Christ’s authority

Presbyterians recognize two sacraments

Baptism
This sacrament unites us with Jesus Christ and makes us members of God’s family, the church.
* Baptism is an initiation into the church community
* A public confession of faith, not a private one
* Does not guarantee access to heaven
* Can be performed in another church

Communion
This is also called the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion or the Eucharist.  It’s a time to renew faith and strengthen participants for the duties and privileges of Christian service.

In communion, the bread and wine represent the sacrificial body and blood of Christ and recalls the last meal shared with the apostles.  Together they symbolize the new covenant between God and all the people.


Copyright © 2017 • Clarendon Hills Community Presbyterian Church • 39 N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
Phone (630) 323-6522 • Fax (630) 323-0470 • office@chcpc.org
PCUSA