Beliefs of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.


The text below, from the Book of Order, highlight the historical beliefs of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. To read the entire constitution, click on  and


The Church is called to tell the good news of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Lord, proclaiming in Word and Sacrament that

( 1 ) the new age has dawned.

( 2 ) God who creates life, frees those in bondage, forgives sin, reconciles brokenness, makes all things new, is still at work in the world.


The Church is called to present the claims of Jesus Christ, leading persons to repentance, acceptance of him as Savior and Lord, and new life as his disciples.


The Church is called to be Christ’s faithful evangelist

( 1 ) going into the world, making 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 he has commanded;

( 2 ) demonstrating by the love of its members for one another and by the quality of its common life the new reality in Christ; sharing in worship, fellowship, and

nurture, practicing a deepened life of prayer and service under the guidance of the Holy Spirit;

( 3 ) participating in God’s activity in the world through its life for others by

( a ) healing and reconciling and binding up wounds,

( b ) ministering to the needs of the poor, the sick, the lonely, and the powerless,

( c ) engaging in the struggle to free people from sin, fear, oppression, hunger, and injustice,

( d ) giving itself and its substance to the service of those who suffer,

( e ) sharing with Christ in the establishing of his just, peaceable, and loving rule in the world.

T h e Church is called to undertake this mission even at the risk of losing its life, trusting in God alone as the author and giver of life, sharing the gospel, and doing those deeds in the world that point beyond themselves to the new reality in Christ.

T h e Church is called to a new openness;

(1) to the presence of God in the Church and in the world, to more fundamental

obedience, and to a more joyous celebration in worship and work;

(2) to its own membership, by affirming itself as a community of diversity,

becoming in fact as well as in faith a community of women and men of all ages,    races, and conditions, and by providing for inclusiveness as a visible sign of the

 new humanity;

(3) to the possibilities and perils of its institutional forms in order to ensure the

 faithfulness and usefulness of these forms to God’s activity in the world;

(4) to God’s continuing reformation of the Church ecumenical, that it might be a

more effective instrument of mission in the world.

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