Grace Presbyterian Church is a reformed church in Fresno, California. The most fundamental distinctive feature of a reformed church is the belief that God is sovereign in drawing sinners to himself by giving them eyes to see and ears to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. The doctrine of God’s unconditional election does not hinder our commitment to evangelism, but in fact, it gives us confidence that our efforts will be effective.
Another important distinctive of a reformed church is a commitment to covenant theology. We believe that since the Fall, God has established a covenant of grace with his people. This covenant is traced through the central characters in the Bible, from Adam to Noah to Abraham to Moses to David and finally culminating in Jesus Christ.
Creeds and confessions are valuable safeguards in any reformed church that desires to preserve doctrinal integrity. Grace Presbyterian Church embraces the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms as our doctrinal standards. We also have an appreciation for the other prominent confessions of the reformed church throughout history (i.e., Belgic Confession, Second Helvetic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort). We believe these documents provide the best summary of Scripture on the most fundamental subjects. Not only do we refer to them in the Worship Services, but we teach them in our Sunday School classes and we encourage families to use them in their own homes during Family Worship.
Here is a summary of our theological commitments:
- The Bible is the inspired, authoritative and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
- There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who are to be equally loved, honored, and adored.
- All mankind participated in Adam’s fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally helpless.
- The Sovereign God, for no other reason than His own unfathomable love and mercy, has chosen lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit and through the atoning death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ.
- Those sinners whom the Spirit quickens, come to believe in Christ as Savior by the Word of God, are born again, become sons of God, and will persevere to the end.
- Justification is by faith and through it the undeserving sinner is clothed with the righteousness of Christ.
- The goal of God’s salvation in the life of the Christian is holiness, good works, and service for the glory of God.
- At death the Christian’s soul passes immediately into the presence of God and the unbeliever’s soul is eternally separated from God unto condemnation.
- Baptism is a sign of God’s covenant and is properly administered to children of believers in their infancy as well as to those who come as adults to trust in Christ.
- Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
- The Gospel of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ must be published to all the world as a witness before Jesus Christ returns.
Reformed Church Affiliations
- We are a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). You may find this article helpful if you are unfamiliar with the differences between various presbyterian denominations: How to Tell the Difference Between the PCA and the PCUSA.
- You will find all of the PCA’s creeds, confessions, and doctrinal statements at pcanet.org.
- We are also a part of a network of reformed churches from various denominations called the Gospel Coalition Network.