What We Believe

Church Life

Christ Alone Church is a Christ-centered community of faith that seeks to be Biblically faithful … we are evangelical in spirit, Reformed in doctrine, missional in focus and presbyterian in government.

Our Values

Word of God : Hearing and receiving God’s Word through preaching, teaching, and personal Bible reading and study. We desire to live Bible-saturated lives so that we may know and follow Jesus.

Obedience : Living disciplined lives under the authority of Scripture and the Lordship of Jesus Christ, being accountable to one another in the church, where truth is spoken in love.

Reaching the lost : Following the Great Commission to “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.” (Matthew 28:19) We will emphasize Gospel-centered relational evangelism as we use God-given opportunities to witness to Jesus, the only hope for salvation.


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piritual formation : Progressive surrender to Christ as evidenced by the “fruits of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22) in individual lives and by a spiritually healthy corporate life.

Helping our neighbor : Motivated by God’s love and His mission for us as a “sent people” to meet the real physical and spiritual needs of the suffering both inside and outside the church. We will devote our time, energies, and resources in focused ministry, being a blessing to the hurting community in which God has placed us.

Intentional discipleship : Providing an integrated teaching program that begins in the home (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:18-21), shapes our daily lives, and focuses on becoming mature disciples of Christ who are engaged in God’s mission in the world (Hebrews 5:11-6:3).

People united by Christ and in Christ : Authentic Christian fellowship by which we are lovingly nurtured and encouraged to live out our Christian faith in all aspects of life. Members will be encouraged to participate in home-based small groups to promote friendship, fellowship, caring, learning, and service.

The Bible

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

We believe the Bible is the true Word of God. It is God’s revelation of Himself to us, it tells the story of His redeeming love for us, and it contains His guidelines for living and therefore is our standard of faith and practice.

Beliefs

As a part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), Christ Alone Church hereby affirms the provisions of the EPC Constitution and further affirms that the mission, faith and doctrine of Christ Alone Church shall be consistent with the mission, faith and doctrine of the EPC as defined and set forth in the EPC Constitution.

The Constitution of the EPC consists of the Book of Order (comprised of The Book of Government, The Book of Discipline, and The Book of Worship), the Westminster Confession of Faith (including the Larger and Shorter Catechisms) and the document Essentials of Faith.

We also affirm and adopt the position papers of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and encourage you to read and study them:

Abortion Position Paper PDF | Link
Divorce and Remarriage Position Paper PDF | Link
Holy Spirit Position Paper PDF | Link
Human Sexuality Position Paper PDF | Link
Value and Respect for Human Life Position Paper PDF | Link
Sanctity of Marriage Position Paper PDF | Link
Suffering, Death and Dying Position Paper PDF | Link
Ordination of Women Position Paper PDF | Link

Discipleship

Jesus tells us to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27) and He commands us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20a).

To that end, we believe in a living, active Christian faith. We believe in authentic Christian community which includes accountability to one another and discipling. We ask our members to sign a covenant showing their intent and desire to live an authentic Christian life, which includes growing and deepening their faith through practices such as regular worship, “prayer without ceasing,” study, tithing, daily Bible reading and service.

“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.'” (1 Peter 1:14-16)

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We observe two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Christ Alone Church observes the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month and at special days of the church year, such as Maundy Thursday.


Baptism
is a sacrament of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ. By the act of baptism, a person becomes a part of the visible Church, for it is a sign and a seal of the Covenant of Grace for believers and their children. As a sign it proclaims God’s forgiveness and our redemption in Jesus Christ. As a seal, God marks us as adopted children of our heavenly Father. It indicates our engrafting into Christ, our rebirth, the remission of sins, and our ability by the power of the Spirit to walk in newness of life. This sacrament is to be continued by God’s people until the end of the world.

Those eligible to receive this sacrament are those who have professed their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and have promised to be obedient to Him, along with the infants of one or both believing parents. (EPC Book of Worship §3-2)


The Lord’s Supper
was instituted by Jesus on the night of His betrayal. It is to be celebrated until the end of the world as a perpetual remembrance of what He did for mankind on the cross. The Lord’s Supper is a seal of all those benefits of Calvary for believers, and signifies their spiritual growth and nourishment. It is a bond and pledge of the communion of believers with Jesus Christ and with each other as parts of the Church.

All true believers in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are invited to partake, including those from other congregations that are a part of the true Church. All are reminded of the need to trust in Jesus Christ as Lord, to repent of sin, and to covenant once more to live as followers of Jesus. Baptized children may be admitted to the Lord’s table provided they have appeared before the Church Session and professed their faith in a manner acceptable to the Church Session. (EPC Book of Worship §3-3) 

For more information about children and communion, click here.

Weddings and Funerals

Christian Marriage 

WeddingWhile marriage is not a sacrament of the Church, it is ordained of God and intended to last as long as the couple shall live. God has designed marriage for the mutual help of husband and wife and for the development of their moral and spiritual character, and for the propagation of children who are to be reared in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Who Should Marry: A man and a woman who are able to give their consent may marry unless their blood relationship is forbidden by Scripture. The partners should share a common Christian faith and a common intention to build a Christian home. Christians would be wise to seek as partners those who share a common faith and heritage.

The Church’s Role in Marriage: Marriage ordinarily should be performed in the place of common worship by an ordained Minister of the Church, and with the family of faith present. In approving the marriage, the Church affirms the divine institution of marriage and invokes God’s blessings upon those who enter the relationship according to God’s Word. As the Church hears the vows a couple make to one another, it should assure the couple of God’s grace within their new relationship.

The Service of Christian Marriage: The marriage ceremony is an act of worship. For that reason, it is under the direction of the Minister only and shall always be characterized by reverence throughout. Music should be appropriate to the occasion and the Church Session or the Minister may determine what music is acceptable. Appropriate hymns sung by all are always proper. The decorations and all appointments should not be ostentatious or so call attention to themselves as to distract the worshipers from their duty to God on such a solemn occasion. The service itself should be conducted with dignity and reverence, beginning with prayers for the new home being established and for the members of the new family. Vows shall be exchanged, appropriate Scriptures read, and a charge may be given which sets forth both the duties and privileges of marriage. The Minister shall conclude the ceremony by publicly declaring that the couple is now husband and wife and the benediction shall be pronounced.

The Blessing of a Civil Marriage: Persons who have been married by a civil authority may desire to have that marriage blessed by a service in the Church, performed by a Minister of the Gospel. It is proper to perform such services, provided all the conditions for a couple preparing for marriage are observed. A marriage should never be sanctioned that does not meet the criteria laid down herein. (EPC Book of Worship §5-1, 5-2, 5-3, 5-6, 5-7) 

Christian Funerals 

lily funeralAbove all, a Christian burial should be a witness to the faith of the believers, to their confidence in the resurrection of the body and everlasting life. It is a time of worship in which glory is given to God for His care of the bereaved, for His trustworthy providence, and for the hope God’s people have in Jesus Christ. The focus of the burial service is God who has raised Jesus Christ from the dead and given believers an earnest appreciation of their own resurrection. It is a time for the reaffirmation of the Church’s faith and a time for expressing joy in the assurance of eternal life.

The Place of Worship: Ordinarily a service of burial should be conducted in the place of common worship. As this is the place for baptism and marriage, it is also the place where witness to faith in the resurrection is made.

The Parts of Worship: A burial service, which shall be entirely under the control of the Minister, should include the reading of appropriate passages of Scripture, from both the Old and New Testament; it should include an exposition of some passage by the Minister, prayers of thanksgiving for the life of the deceased and prayers of intercession for the bereaved, the singing of appropriate hymns, and a reminder to all of death for every person and judgment to come, along with a solemn reminder that each must repent and turn to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to gain eternal life. It is not appropriate to include a civic or fraternal rite in this service. If such is desired, it should be conducted at another time and place. (EPC Book of Worship, §6-1, 6-2, 6-3)

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