About Grace Presbyterian Church
Grace Presbyterian Church is a particular church within the Arizona Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). We are an evangelical church in the Reformed and Presbyterian tradition. By evangelical we mean that we believe in salvation by grace alone through Faith alone (personal faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10)). By Reformed we mean biblical Christianity which was recovered at the time of the Protestant Reformation. This is “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3). By Presbyterian we mean a representative form of government whereby elders (spiritual leaders) are elected by the congregation to direct the affairs of the church.
The purpose of Grace Presbyterian Church is to fulfill the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39) and obey the Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV). This means three things to us: love God, love your neighbor, and love your neighbor to God.
We believe that the Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God and is to be taught and embraced in its entirety without compromise. We adhere to the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, the doctrinal standards of the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. These doctrinal standards express the distinctives of the Calvinistic or Reformed tradition. The Cambridge Declaration, dated April 20, 1996, expresses “our commitment to the central truths of the Reformation and of historic evangelicalism” (source is the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals).
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.
The Nicene Creed originated at the council of Nicea (325), and an expanded form was adopted by the Council of Chalcedon (451). It was formulated to answer heresies that denied the biblical doctrine of the trinity and of the person of Christ.
Other Confessions and Catechisms
The Westminster Confessions of Faith
The Westminster Larger Catechism
The Westminster Shorter Catechism