Beliefs

Dr. Carmichael serves a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. As such we hold to the Westminster Confession of Faith along with its Larger and Shorter Catechisms.

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Our congregation believes:

  1. The Bible is the inspired, authoritative and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice. [Find an online version of the English Bible here.]
  2. There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who are to be equally loved, honored, and adored.
  3. All mankind participated in Adam’s fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally helpless.
  4. The Sovereign God, for no other reason than His own unfathomable love and mercy, has chosen lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit and through the atoning death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ.
  5. Those sinners whom the Spirit quickens, come to believe in Christ as Savior by the Word of God, are born again, become sons of God, and will persevere to the end.
  6. Justification is by faith and through it the undeserving sinner is clothed with the righteousness of Christ.
  7. We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.
  8. The goal of God’s salvation in the life of the Christian is holiness, good works, and service for the glory of God.
  9. At death the Christian’s soul passes immediately into the presence of God and the unbeliever’s soul is eternally separated from God unto condemnation.
  10. Baptism is a sign of God’s covenant and is properly administered to children of believers in their infancy as well as to those who come as adults to trust in Christ.
  11. Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
  12. The Gospel of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ must be published to all the world as a witness before Jesus Christ returns.

“I am accepted by God, not on the basis of my personal performance, but on the basis of the infinitely perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ.” – Jerry Bridges, The Gospel for Real Life

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