WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe the fundamental expressions of Christianity as spelled out in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, which we use as affirmations of faith in our worship services. In addition, we hold to the doctrinal standards known as the Westminster Confession of Faith, The Westminster Larger Catechism, and The Westminster Shorter Catechism.

​We are also Reformed in our theology. Our theological heritage dates back to the Protestant Reformation, a movement in the 16th century which sought to bring the Church back to the Scriptures (Bible) alone as the source of Truth and true perspective of the world. The Reformation sought to reaffirm salvation by grace alone through faith in Christ alone to the glory of God alone, which is the central emphasis of all of life.

​We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.

FPC Troy What We Believe

We believein the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We believe … all people are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.

We believe … salvation is by grace alone. He sovereignly chooses those He will save. That choice is based solely on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.

We believeJesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him alone for salvation.

We believeGod is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.

We believethe Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.

We believe Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.

We believeall aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

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OUR DISTINCTIVES

FPC Troy What We Believe Reformed Theology
FPC Troy What We Believe Sovereignty of God
FPC Troy What We Believe Doctrines of Grace
FPC Troy What We Believe Creation
FPC Troy What We Believe Infant Baptism

APOSTLES' CREED

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only-begotten Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.
He descended into the grave. The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty.
From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit. I believe in the holy universal church,
The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting. Amen.

LINKS

Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms
and Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)

Westminster Standards LinkAdministrative Committee PCA LinkPresbyterian Church in America PCA Link

NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of the Father before all worlds;
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again,
according to the Scriptures;
and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father;
and He shall come again, with glory,
to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy universal and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

LINKS

Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms
and Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)

Westminster Standards LinkAdministrative Committee PCA LinkPresbyterian Church in America PCA Link

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