As a Christian church, Southminster affirms that Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose so that we might have eternal and abundant life in and through Him. Southminster is a Presbyterian congregation. The word Presbyterian comes from the New Testament Greek word “presbuteros” which means “Elder”. It is a designation that our congregation is led by the Elders of the church, members who are identified as having a particular spiritual maturity, that is necessary for the guidance of Christ’s church. While Elders can be men or women of any age, all Elders are called to servant leadership under the authority of Jesus Christ and the Word of God, and guided by the Holy Spirit.
As a Presbyterian congregation, we affirm the Essential Tenets of the Reformed Christian faith:
- We believe God created the universe and all that is in it.
- We believe that all humans are sinful and bring hurt and heartache into the world through our sin.
- We believe that Jesus the Messiah was God incarnate and therefore co-eternal and co-equal to God the Father, and in choosing to come to earth to die for our salvation, Jesus demonstrated His great love for humanity.
- We believe in the forgiveness of sin, which is made possible by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus.
- We believe eternal life is available for all who accept Jesus’s sacrifice as a sufficient atonement for their sin.
- We believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and that eternal life is found only through Him.
- We believe the Holy Spirit is the presence of God in the world and in the believer.
- We believe the Holy Spirit draws us together and guides Christ’s church
- We believe the church is the universal company of Christians and that believers are strengthen in our faith by our involvement in a local congregation.
- We believe the church is the Body of Christ and that we are called to work together for the Kingdom of God, regardless of earthly and temporal titles and classifications that often divide Christians.
- We believe the Bible is the inspired revelation of God’s character and activity to all people, and that it should be viewed as authoritative wisdom for all matters of life and faith.
- We believe baptism unites us with Jesus Christ and makes us members of God’s family, the church.
- We believe communion is a time to renew our faith and encourage participants with a reminder of the Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection for their salvation.
- We believe communion is open to all who place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
- We believe the church is called to make a positive impact on the world, as ambassadors of the love and grace of Jesus.