What We Believe

As a people of God, we believe it is important that our responsibilities be accomplished. As Paul writes in Ephesians 4:1-3, “…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” As a church we must be unified in Christ. We must make every effort to work together for the common good with humility, gentleness, patience and love. In doing so, the witness of Elfinwild Presbyterian Church will shine the light of Christ throughout the community.

Faith is the focal point of life for members of Elfinwild Presbyterian Church. In 2002, the Session of Elfinwild Presbyterian Church voted to become part of the Confessing Church Movement. This movement reaffirms three basic confessional statements:

 

1. Jesus Christ, alone, is Lord and Savior of humankind.

2. Holy Scripture alone is the rule, guide and standard for the theology of the Church.

3. We live by grace alone, and are called to live a holy life in our conduct.

 

Elfinwild Presbyterian Church is a member of the Pittsburgh Presbytery, which is part of the Presbyterian Church USA. Our elders attend scheduled Presbytery meetings.

Elfinwild Presbyterian Church welcomes everyone in Jesus’ name for worship and all church activities. New members are welcomed through an orientation program which concludes with a meeting with the Session and an introduction to the congregation during a worship service.

The sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated in the Sanctuary usually once a month. The elements are served by the Elders and Deacons to worshippers in the pews. The formal setting allows for a time of reflection and introspection. Communion is served to all those who profess a belief in Jesus Christ as Savior.

At the heart of each ministry at Elfinwild Presbyterian Church is a desire to share the love of God and serve our Lord. We serve, in the name of God our Father, the needs of our church, our community, and the world with the talents and resources we have been given and called to use. Since its beginning in 1912, Elfinwild Presbyterian Church has been active in a variety of ministries. Elfinwild has a history of strong community involvement and a great staff of volunteers who give much of their time to share the love of Jesus Christ.

Note:  This statement of belief was written & approved by Session as a part of a Mission Study that was done in 2002.

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