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A Synopsis of the Beliefs of the PCA
  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.
The Westminster Assembly of Divines, convened by the English Parliament in 1643, completed the Confession of Faith, the Shorter Catechism and the Larger Catechism in 1647. These documents have served as the doctrinal standards, subordinate to the Word of God, for Presbyterian and other churches around the world.
The Westminster Confession of Faith, in the form adopted by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church with a parallel Modern English Study Version, prepared by the Committee on Christian Education and authorized for publication by the Sixtieth General Assembly (1993) of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
The Westminster Assembly wrote the Shorter Catechism in 1647 as a concise question-and-answer summary of the biblical doctrines expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith. It was written as an instructional tool for use by the family and by the church.
Nicene Creed
The Nicene Creed originated at the Council of Nicea (325 A.D.), and an expanded form was adopted by the Council of Chalcedon (451 A.D.). It was formulated to answer heresies that denied the biblical doctrine of the Trinity and of the person of Christ.

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God; Begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; By Whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man: And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried: And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heav'n, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father: And He shall come again, with glory to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end. And we believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the Prophets: And we believe one Catholic and Apostolic Church: we acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins: And we look for the Resurrection of the dead: And the Life of the world to come.
Amen.

The Apostles' Creed
Although not written by the apostles, the Apostles' Creed is a concise summary of their teachings. It originated as a baptismal confession, probably in the second century, and developed into its present form by the sixth or seventh century.

We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell.

The third day he rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Amen.