About the Universe:
We believe, confess and teach that God, by the power of His almighty word, created the universe out of nothing, and continually sustains all things by the power of that same word. While this world is corrupted by the sin that man brought into it, Jesus promises to one day return and restore all things to the glorious state in which God originally intended.
We believe in one God, who eternally exists in three distinct persons. The three persons of the Trinity are equal and eternally-one God.
- The Father: Creator of all things.
- The Son, Jesus Christ : Became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings, and to rise again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan.
- The Holy Spirit: The Lord and giver of life, who creates faith in us, through God’s Word.
We believe, confess and teach that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Lord, and that through faith in Him we are given the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and salvation. There is no other way to heaven apart from Jesus, and all who die without faith in Him are eternally damned. While we were yet sinners, Jesus freely died for us.
About the Bible:
We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice. We hold to the historic views of Christianity as summarized by the Westminster Confession of Faith together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms as the best explanation of the system of doctrine taught in the Scriptures, and the fulfillment of the Great Commission in obedience to Christ’s command, and to the Lord’s Prayer and the Apostles’ Creed confessional. See more…
About the church:
We affirm that the Church is a family of believers- made up of those who have been saved by Jesus Christ. The Church is drawn together and sustained by the gracious power of God- united as one body under Jesus Christ, our head. The Church serves our Lord by worshiping Him regularly, by teaching and confessing the doctrines He gave us, by proclaiming His Gospel of grace- our means of life, hope and salvation, and by the fellowship and care for one another, as brothers and sisters in Christ. We minister to those outside the Church, that they may hear the Gospel and receive the gifts of repentance and Faith in Jesus Christ.
In the words of John Calvin: “To those to whom He (God) is a Father, the Church must also be a mother.”
We believe that man was the principal creature of God’s creation, and thus man was especially made in God’s image; that is, in a state of righteousness, innocence and blessedness. We affirm that Adam and Eve were real historical human beings, the first two people in the world. Their fall was a historical occurrence which brought sin into the world. Because of this, all humanity who are born into this world are born in sin.
We confess that the fall of humanity necessitated the gracious redemptive work of Jesus Christ, and that fallen man’s only hope for salvation from sin lies in Jesus Christ, his Redeemer and Lord.
Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, Loch Raven Presbyterian Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Further, the pastors and staff of Loch Raven Presbyterian Church shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. Finally, the facilities and property of Loch Raven Presbyterian Church shall only host weddings between one man and one woman.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual and transgender conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Loch Raven Presbyterian Church (LRPC) as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by LRPC in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Loch Raven Presbyterian Church.
Our statements of faith do not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.