Theology and Core Beliefs

Core Beliefs

Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. What they mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ.

Reformed theology

As the Church reformed, always reforming, according to the word of God and the call of the Spirit, we worship the triune God, accessible through Christ and the Holy Spirit. Godʼs word in the Bible is alive and we enjoy studying the text through historical and personal perspectives.

Sacrament of the Lord's Supper

We believe in the grace of God and that it is available to all. Our congregation suspends judgment and invites all to the sacrament of the Lordʼs Supper. We believe the Sacraments bring us into the presence and community of Christ.

The Bible

For us, the Bible is the blueprint for our relationship with God. It bears witness to the covenant that God has made with humanity. We are called by God to be active in prayer, spiritual development, and works according to our gifts. We believe that God will be present in our difficulties, not by removing them but by giving us strength and hope.

Active Witness  

As Christian disciples and servants of Christ, we witness to the community by sharing our building and resources. Through our mission work, we follow Christʼs example as the basis of our corporate and individual responses to the issues and needs around us. Through us, God does not sit on the sidelines but engages us in addressing problems.

Love for all

 We understand Christʼs message to love one another. We seek to make St. James more diverse. We define the churchʼs role as not to promote a particular view, but rather to aid all members as we grow in faith and discern Godʼs call.


Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone’s job — ministers and lay people alike — to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.

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