226 East Graham St.
PO Box 1444
Shelby, NC 28151-1444

Phone: 704-487-8503
Fax: 704-487-8504

What We Believe

We profess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and believe that we have been called to:

GROW as disciples of Jesus Christ,
PRAISE God in worship and song,
SERVE the world’s needs in Christ’s name.

We are Presbyterian and Reformed. Presbyterian is our form of church government. Reformed is our theological tradition. The motto of the Presbyterian Church since the Protestant Reformation has been “Reformed and always being reformed according to the Word of God (in Holy Scriptures).”

As Presbyterians, we have a Book of Confessions that helps guide our reading of Scripture. These confessions include ancient creeds like the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, historic creeds like the Scots Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, and Westminster Confession, and more modern creeds such as Theological Declaration of Barmen, Confession of 1967, and a Brief Statement of Faith (shown below).

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 this 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. 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 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 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. Amen.

The Reformed tradition understands Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to be Sacraments, instituted by God and commended by Christ.

Baptism: Both believers and their children are included in God’s covenant love. Baptism, whether administered to those who profess their faith or to those presented for Baptism as children, is one and the same Sacrament. Baptism is received by sprinkling of cleansing water.  Baptism is received only once. The PCUSA recognizes all Baptisms with water administered by other Christian churches.

The Lord’s Supper:  Received periodically, the bread and cup are shared by the congregation either by intinction or served by the Elders. Access to the Table is a privilege given to the undeserving that comes in faith, repentance, and love. All confessing believers may partake.

Elements of worship: With prayer and music centered around the reading and preaching of the Word, and confessions of faith, the church discerns Jesus Christ, receives his offered grace, and responds to his call with obedience.