What we Believe

The Bible

Our beliefs all stem from a full commitment to the authority of the Bible as the inerrant, infallible Word of God.
Bible "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16)

This means that we believe in the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We acknowledge our total inability to save ourselves and, in faith, depend on Christ alone as our Savior. We acknowledge Him as Covenant Lord in every area of life, and we vow together to advance His Kingdom on earth.

Five Solas

Standing in the tradition of the great Protestant Reformation, we affirm the Five Solas of the Reformation:
  1. Sola Scriptura - The Bible is our authority, the only standard for faith and life
  2. Sola Gratia - We are saved by grace alone
  3. Sola Fide - We are saved through faith alone
  4. Solus Christus - We are saved in Christ alone
  5. Soli Deo Gloria - We are saved to the glory of God alone

Standards

The Westminster Standards (Confession of Faith, Larger and Shorter Catechisms) give a concise summary of what we believe the Bible to teach. We believe it to be the best expression of Biblical Christianity, but we believe that only the Scriptures are Inspired, and God Breathed (2 Tim 3:16, 2 Peter 1:19-21). As such the Westminster Standards are subordinate to the Word of God.

Constitution

As the Standards are from the 17th Century, the RPCNA has created a Testimony to go alongside the Westminster Standards. The Testimony of the RPCNA clarifies what the Church believes the Westminster Standards to teach, and provides commentary on contemporary issues that might not have been on the radar of the Westminster Divines back in the 17th Century.

You can find the Westminster Standards alongside the Testimony in the RPCNA Constitution. Find it here: RPCNA Constitution