OUR BELIEFS

The statement below is a basic summary of our core beliefs.

What We Believe about God

We believe that there is one God who eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. and that these three are one God; the same in substance and equal in power and glory. We believe God is the maker, sustainer and redeemer of all things. He is infinite and unchangeable. He is holy, just, good, merciful, loving, compassionate and perfect in every way. He is beyond comprehension, yet he has been pleased to draw near and make himself known in ways we can comprehend. 

 

What We Believe about the Father

We believe the Father is fully God. He is the architect and caretaker of creation. He feeds birds, clothes the fields with flowers, and sends rain on the land of the just and unjust.  His eye is on the sparrow as well as on the fatherless and the widow. He is also the architect of redemption. He demonstrated his deep love for those he has determined to save by sending his only-begotten Son into the world to reconcile sinners to himself and to make them sons and daughters. 

What We Believe About the Son

We believe Jesus is fully God and fully man. He is the person of the Godhead who accomplished the Father's plan of redemption.  This required him to take on human flesh by being conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary. He entered the world as a small baby, lived a sinless life, fulfilled all of God's requirements we could not fulfill, satisfied the justice of God by suffering his wrath on the cross. He died and was buried. On the third day he rose from the dead. All of this was for us and for our salvation, to atone for sin and to offer the free gift of eternal life to all who believe. 

 

What We Believe About the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is fully God. He is the Lord and giver of life. He is the person of the Godhead who applies the redemption accomplished by Christ to us by working faith in us, causing us to be born again; changing our hearts, and enables us to embrace Jesus Christ. He is our Comforter and Helper. He dwells in us and assures us we are God's children. He guides and empowers us to live godly lives, equips us with gifts for ministry and helps us understand the divine truths of the Scriptures. 

 

What We Believe About Human Beings

The Bible teaches us that human beings are created in the image of their creator to enjoy God and honor Him in their entirety. The human race, however, is estranged from its creator through the overwhelming power of sin that originated from Adam and Eve. Left to ourselves, we would not fulfill the magnificent purpose for which we were created, but instead perish forever.

 

What We Believe About Salvation

From beginning to end, salvation is of the Lord and is received by faith in Jesus Christ alone, not by good works — although good works prove that our faith is genuine. Salvation is a free gift, won by Christ and applied to believers by the Holy Spirit. It is also holistic in that it encompasses every aspect of human life.

 

What We Believe About the Church

The people of God from all ages, all walks of life and from every nation and tongue who are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ are part of the true Church. Jesus is the head of the Church while believers are part of “the body of Christ.” Christians join together in local communities or churches to worship the Lord, to grow together in his likeness, and to enjoy serving Him together.

 

What We Believe About Scripture

(From the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy)

  1. God, who is Himself Truth and speaks truth only, has inspired Holy Scripture in order thereby to reveal Himself to lost mankind through Jesus Christ as Creator and Lord, Redeemer and Judge. Holy Scripture is God’s witness to Himself.

  2. Holy Scripture, being God’s own Word, written by men prepared and superintended by His Spirit, is of infallible divine authority in all matters upon which it touches: it is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it affirms: obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; embraced, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises.

  3. The Holy Spirit, Scripture’s divine Author, both authenticates it to us by His inward witness and opens our minds to understand its meaning.

  4. Being wholly and verbally God-given, Scripture is without error or fault in all its teaching, no less in what it states about God’s acts in creation, about the events of world history, and about its own literary origins under God, than in its witness to God’s saving grace in individual lives.

  5. The authority of Scripture is inescapably impaired if this total divine inerrancy is in any way limited or disregarded, or made relative to a view of truth contrary to the Bible’s own; and such lapses bring serious loss to both the individual and the Church.

The Official Declaration of our beliefs are found here:

Westminster Confession of Faith

Westminster Larger & Shorter Catechisms

We are in agreement with the ancient creeds of the Church

The Apostles' Creed

The Nicene Creed

The Creed of Chalcedon

 

We benefit from other Reformed confessions and catechisms

Heidelberg Catechism

Belgic Confession of Faith

ABOUT US

We are a Yulee congregation made up of folks from Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Yulee, Kingsland, and St. Marys.  

 

We are a Congregation of the

Presbyterian Church in America

CONNECT WITH US

96038 Lofton Square Court
Yulee, FL 32097

904-491-0363

office@gracenassau.com

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