Verse of the Day
North Hills Church is a member church of the Presbyterian Church of America.
The churches in this denomination, like all other Biblical evangelical churches, teach this basic doctrine:
- Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for our sins.
- In doing so, He purchased a place in eternity, which He offers as a free gift, for those who trust in Him alone for eternal life.
This basic doctrine is the main central message of the Bible, and it was for the proclamation of this message that the Bible was written. We commonly refer to it as the Gospel or the good news.
The Presbyterian church historically has been identified with the reformed faith, so called because it stems from the Protestant Reformation. While all Christian evangelical churches teach and practice the gospel, they differ according to what other Biblical teachings they feel are important to emphasize.
The reformed faith has always emphasized the holiness and sovereignty of God. God is holy beyond our human understanding (Is. 6:3), and has infinite knowledge and authority. He has absolute control over everything (Eph. 1:11). By continually teaching these important concepts that relate to God, we can begin to better visualize things from God’s perspective. Seeing things from God’s perspective helps us as Christians to appreciate how He is able to work them together for our good (Rom. 8:28) and why we can give thanks in all circumstances (I Thess. 5:18).
1. The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
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. The goal of God’s salvation in the life of the Christian is holiness, good works, and service for the glory of God.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. The Gospel of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ must be published to all the world as a witness before Jesus Christ returns.