Beliefs & Values

Greenhills Community Church, Presbyterian is called to be a community of faith, that seeks and welcomes all to share in the transforming love of God, where, empowered by God’s spirit, we grow into mature followers of Jesus Christ through worship, education, fellowship, service, and prayer.

Our mission is to be a people who worship, love and serve.
We envision ourselves gathering to worship faithfully through prayer and song and
teaching children, youth and adults the faith.
We will strive to be a haven of love, fellowship and support in our church and the
larger community.
We will strive to listen actively for God’s word in our lives, mustering this community of faith
to serve in ways that respect the dignity of everyone.
We will continue to give thanks for this congregation and this community, with their gifts and
challenges, and to give God the glory.
–Adapted from the GCCP’s new mission and vision statement, adopted by session on 1/16/24.

What We Believe

Presbyterians trace their heritage from the age of the Reformation through the line of German, English and Scottish theologians and preachers.

As members of the Reformed faith tradition, we believe the five ‘Solas’, or ‘Only’ things that are necessary for the Christian believer, as popularized by one of the earliest reformers, Martin Luther.

Sola Christus: Christ alone.
That only through the work of Jesus Christ alone may one be saved.

Sola Scriptura: Scripture alone.
That Scripture is final authority for salvation and sanctification for the Christian.

Sola fide: Faith alone.
That salvation is achieved by Faith alone, not of works.

Sola gratia: Grace alone.
That salvation through Faith is given by Grace alone.

Soli Deo Gloria: Glory to God alone.
That Glory shall be given to God alone.

Confessions of Faith

The Presbyterian Church uses Statements of Faith, known as Confessions. Our present collection includes thirteen of them, dating from the first century A.D., the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed, up to the contemporary ones. Here is an example of a very popular one from 1983.

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Brief Statement of Faith of the Presbyterian Church — PC(USA)

In life and in death we belong to God.

Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.  Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.

Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world.  God raised Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.

We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father.  In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community.

But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator.  Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care.  We deserve God’s condemnation.  Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation.  In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth.  Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage.

By Faith…

… we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives!

Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still. We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life.  The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the church.

The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the church.

In a broken and fearful world, the Spirit gives us the courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,  to unmask idolatries in church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and a new earth, praying, Come, Lord Jesus!

With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.