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What is a Presbyterian?

The Presbyterian denomination is based on the writings of John Calvin, and other Protestant reformers. Presbyterians trust in the Scriptures as the unique authority for faith, and believe we are saved by grace alone.

Presbyterians confess their beliefs through statements that have been adopted over the years and are contained in The Book of Confessions. These statements reflect our understanding of God and what God expects of us at different times in history, but all are faithful to the fundamental beliefs described above. Even though we share these common beliefs, Presbyterians understand that God alone is lord of the conscience, and it is up to each individual to understand what these principles mean in his or her life.

Presbyterians recognize two sacraments: baptism and the Lord's Supper.


Generally, Presbyterians are very concerned about social justice issues and are actively engaged in mission work both at home and in other nations.

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