What We Believe
- • Christianity is not a religious system, but rather a relationship with the living God made possible by the Messiah – Jesus Christ.
- • Christianity can be summarized: Love the Lord with all your mind, heart and strength and love your neighbor more than yourself.
The Trinity: God has revealed Himself as one Eternal God in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 John 2:23; Hebrews 9;14; Ephesians 2:18; Romans 1:4; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 14:26; Isaiah 44:22-23/Philippians 2:6-11; Isaiah 43:10-13)
The Deity of Christ: Jesus was fully God and fully human, born of the virgin Mary. (John 1:1-14; Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 2:18-25; Daniel 7:13-14; Mark 2:1-12; John 20:26-28)
Substitutionary atonement: The sacrificial, atoning death of Christ on the cross took the punishment for the sins of those who place their trust in Him, and it reconciles them to God. (Hebrews 9:28; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 John 1:7;1 John 4:9-10; Ephesians 2:11-21)
The Resurrection: Jesus literally rose physically from the dead on the third day, demonstrating His victory over sin, death, and the works of the devil. (1 Corinthians 15:1-58; 1 John 3:8; Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-35; John 20:1-8; Isaiah 53:10-12)
The Second Coming: Jesus will come at the end of time to judge the living and the dead and establish His eternal Kingdom. (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:6-11; Matthew 24:30-31; Revelation 19:1-21:27)
Grace Alone: Believers are saved by faith not on account of their deeds or merits. We require God’s forgiveness and mercy found in Christ. We serve God out of love and thankfulness. We obey because we have been saved, not to be saved. (Romans 3:21-28; Exodus 34:6-7; Psalm 103; Romans 4:1-8; Galatians 2:21; Ephesians 1:3-14, 2:11-21)
Faith Alone : Faith is not a power/force nor mere intellectual assent, but has an object – the Lord Jesus Christ. It is ultimate trust that one is saved based on Christ’s finished work on the cross. Assurance of salvation is only available through personal faith in Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16; Romans 1:17/Habbakuk 2:4)
Scripture Alone: The Bible is fully trustworthy, inerrant, and infallible. Thus, it is the final authority for faith and practice. The priesthood of all believers recognizes biblical authority, calls all believers to a life of Christian service, and places ultimate accountability on the individual believer before God. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 3:15-16; Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:5-6; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:17-19; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)
Practice of Communion: The Lord’s Supper is open to all those who have faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. (1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 2:42; Luke 22:14-20; John 6:48-58; Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25)
Practice of Spiritual Gifts: God continues to give His Church spiritual gifts (including the miraculous gifts) for works of service in the Body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:1-14:40; Ephesians 4:11-16; James 5:13-16; Romans 11:29, 12:6-8; Galatians 5:22-23)
Practice of Leadership: PCF holds that Scripture allows for women to serve in church leadership as Home Group leaders, worship leaders, elders, and pastors. (Acts 2:14-21/Joel 2:28-32; Romans 16:1,7; 1 Corinthians 11:1-16; Acts 18:26; 2 John 1-6)