What We Believe

What We Believe


There is a diversity of viewpoints at Cresheim Valley Church; however, we are committed to the historic Christian faith which places the grace and love of God in Jesus at the center of all that we think and do.

Our beliefs about God, people, and the world are orthodox, biblical, and reformed.

In summary:

  • We believe  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.
  • We believe Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and practice.
  • 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.

If you are interested in a more detailed presentation of what we believe, then please refer to the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms, which are part of the constitution of the Presbyterian Church in America.