What We Believe

What We Believe

Discover the foundational convictions that shape our worldview, and join us in embracing a fulfilling existence guided by God’s teachings. Experience the joy of living a life imbued with faith.

God

God is the completely holy and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He exists in Three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All Three Persons are co-equal and co-eternal but are distinct from one another.

1 Samuel 2:2; 1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Isaiah 6:3, 46:10; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is both fully God and fully man. Jesus lived a perfect life and died as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. He rose bodily from the grave three days after being buried to display His victory over sin, Satan, and death. Jesus will one day return to earth and reign as king.

Isaiah 42:1; Isaiah 53; John 1:1-14, 10:30, 14:6; Romans 6:4; Colossians 1:15-20

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity. The Spirit empowers believers to live the life God has called them to live; inspired the Scriptures; illuminates the word of God; and convicts people of sin. By the Holy Spirit, believers have spiritual gifts that they use to serve the local church.

John 14:26, 16:7-15; Acts 2;1-13; Romans 8:26, 12:6-8; Galatians 5:22-25

Man

God created man in His image. Out of all of creation, man is set apart as God’s special image bearer which gives all people inherent worth and special responsibility. Man was created to know God and worship God.

Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7; Isaiah 43:7

Sin

Due to the disobedience of Adam and Eve, sin entered the world and broke God’s good creation. The effects of sin permeate all of creation including people. Sin separates a person from God, from their true selves, and from others. Because of sin, man stands guilty before God, deserves punishment, and is incapable of loving, worshipping, or cherishing God.

Genesis 3; Psalm 51; Romans 3:23; 5:12, 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3

Salvation

The sinful state that man is in cannot be overcome by any of his own efforts. God, according to his grace, offers salvation to man as a free gift that is obtained through faith in the work of Jesus on the cross. Those who believe in Jesus and repent of their sins are born again: they are given a new heart that loves God, hates sin, and desires to live an obedient life.

John 3:16-18; Romans 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:4-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34

The Scriptures

The Bible was written by men under inspiration from God. The Bible is completely true in all that it affirms. It is the source of God’s divine revelation and is the final authority for our belief and practice.

1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

The Church

A church is a localized community of baptized believers committed to one another and the mission of God, who gather regularly with recognizable leadership; faithfully proclaim the Word; practice the Sacraments; and function as a team and family.

Acts 2:46-47; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 10:24-25

Baptism

Baptism is one of the first acts of obedience for a follower of Jesus. The event demonstrates the person’s new life in Jesus. Baptism is one of two Sacraments practiced by Presbyterians.

Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38

Communion

The Lord’s Supper (Communion) is celebrated to commemorate, symbolize and participate in the work of Jesus on the cross – the bread symbolizes His body given for us, while the wine or juice symbolizes His shed blood.

Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The Kingdom

The Kingdom of God is His rule, reign and authority. His Kingdom is present in this world but not yet fully expressed. When a person is born again, in essence, that person’s citizenship is transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God. One day, God’s rule, reign, and authority will be perfectly expressed “on earth as it is in heaven,” when Jesus Christ comes again!

Psalm 103:19; Luke 1:32-33; John 3:5-7; Revelation 21:1-8; Revelation 22:12-13

Family

Marriage is a covenantal relationship instituted by God that is only between a man and a woman and provides the foundation for the family. Sexual activity is to only be practiced within a lifelong, covenantal, monogamous, heterosexual marriage, in which men and women not only express affection but participate in the creative work of God through childbirth – affirming that all life, from conception to natural death, is sacred.

Genesis 2:23-24; Matthew 19:6; 1 Corinthians, 6:9-20; Ephesians 5:21-33; Psalm 139:13-16, Jeremiah 1:5

Eternity

Man was created to live forever. Those who are in Christ will spend eternity in the new heavens and new earth, in new life under the rule and reign of the King, Jesus, forever. Those who reject the saving grace Jesus offers remain in their sins and will experience the wrath of God and spend eternity alienated and separated from God in hell.

Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 23:40-43; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 5:11-12

ECO: Our Denomination

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Christ Presbyterian Church is in covenant partnership with ECO – A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

ECO is an outward-looking denomination that equips its covenant partners (members): “To build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Jesus-Shaped Identity

We believe Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry.

Biblical Integrity

We believe the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, which teaches all that is necessary for faith and life. The prominence of God’s Word over our lives shapes our priorities, and the unrivaled authority of the Bible directs our actions to be in concert with Christ’s very best for our lives.

Thoughtful Theology

We believe in theological education, constant learning, and the life of the mind, and celebrate this as one of the treasures of our Reformed heritage.

Accountable Community

We believe guidance is a corporate spiritual experience. We want to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.

Egalitarian Ministry

We believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group.

Missional Centrality

We believe in living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world.

Center-Focused Spirituality

We believe in calling people to the core of what it means to be followers of Jesus – what “mere Christianity” is and does – and not fixate on the boundaries.

Leadership Velocity

We believe identifying and developing gospel-centered leaders is critical for the church, and a great leadership culture is risk-taking, innovative, and organic.

Kingdom Vitality

We believe congregations should vigorously reproduce new missional communities to expand the Kingdom of God.

To find out more about ECO, please visit our denominational website at: www.eco-pres.org.

Location & Weekly Schedule

Christ Presbyterian Church is located at 5730 East Pea Ridge Road in East Huntington (mailing address: P.O. Box 1329 Huntington, WV 25714), right off of Rt. 60, across from the Pea Ridge Plaza Shopping Center.

We gather for worship at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School classes preceding worship at 9:30 a.m. We also host a series of Bible Studies and small group gatherings throughout the week. Please see our Adult Discipleship (hyperlink here on Adult Discipleship) page for a fuller description and gathering times for Bible Studies and small groups.

Sunday School for All Ages:

9:30 a.m.

Coffee Fellowship:

10:15 a.m.

Worship:

10:30 a.m.

Middle & High School Youth Group:

Sundays Following Worship
(12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)