What are our non-negotiables?

  • High view of Scripture: The Bible is God’s holy, inerrant, and infallible Word, mankind’s sole reliable rule of faith and practice. Therefore, every part of life is to be informed by and in submission to the Word of God.
  • Preeminence of Christ: Jesus Christ is preeminent in Creation and Redemption.
  • Dependence upon /Trust in God: Because the Lord builds His church, we humbly must rely upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, beseeching our gracious God to gather and grow His people from every tongue, tribe, and nation, presenting our prayers, petitions, and requests before the throne of grace, corporately and individually, boldly and regularly, with thanksgiving, through and in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Hearts for the Lost: Because all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and because the wages of sin is death, we are committed to proclaiming and offering, through word and deed, to all who will hear and see, the gospel of forgiveness and life in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Support and Protection of Family: The family is an institution ordained by God for the good of humanity and as an instrument of His grace. Thus we intend to pursue ministry and service in ways that promote and support – rather than hinder or contribute to the busyness of – the family as a fundamental unit/focus of worship and discipleship.
  • Community and Church Membership: Man ordinarily experiences the love and grace of Christ in the context of a Christ-centered community. Thus we have high regard for church membership, and all benefits and responsibilities of church membership.Each believer has a ministry role to play in the church. Church membership should reflect love for Christ and His Bride, evidencing itself in a living commitment to the local church in attendance, giving, prayer, service, as well as mutual submission.
  • Openness/Welcoming/Compassionate: We desire to welcome and do good to all (Gal 6:10), extending the grace and compassion of the Lord Jesus Christ, opening our arms in particular to the “weak and wounded, sick and sore”.
  • Dignity of all Persons: Because we believe that life begins at conception and that all human beings are made in the image of God, we affirm that all persons have inherent dignity and worth. We thus are committed to treating all, young and old alike, with dignity, respect, and honor.
  • Church/Kingdom: There are some areas of ministry that are the responsibilities of the institutional church and some areas of ministry that are the responsibilities of individual Christians. As a branch of the institutional church, we desire to equip the saints for the work of kingdom ministry, seeing CPC members, and thus the gospel, spread into all the moving parts of our culture.
  • Aspiration to Excellence: Because all is to be done to the glory of God, we are committed to pursuing excellence in all areas of ministry and life.
  • Stewardship: Because we are called to be good stewards of all that God has entrusted to us, we must be prayerful, thoughtful, and intentional in our use of time, talents, money, and spiritual gifts.
  • Confessional: We believe the Westminster standards (Westminster Confession of Faith, Larger and Shorter Catechisms), though not inerrant or infallible, are the best summary of the doctrines taught in Scripture. Thus these standards, in subordination to the Scriptures, will provide the theological boundaries for CPC life and ministry, to the glory of God and for the peace and purity of the church.
  • Presbyterian Church Government: We believe that Jesus Christ is the only King and Head of His Church, and that He has given officers and therefore government to the church. We are committed to Presbyterian church government as reflected in the Scriptures and, by necessary inferences therefrom, our Book of Church Order.