To give you an idea of what we believe at Wilston PC, we’d encourage you to listen to the Bible talks that are given each week. You can find a great basic explanation of what Christians believe at the Christianity Explored website.
We are Christian
We hold to essential Christian beliefs that are found in the classic creeds of the church, such as the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed. Here’s what the Apostles’ Creed says:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
And born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day, He rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
And is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic [or ‘universal’] Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting. Amen.
We are 'reformed'
We hold to these five key phrases which arose out of the Protestant Reformation in the 1500s, and which we consider to be essential to the Christian faith:
- Scripture alone
- Faith alone
- Grace alone
- Christ alone
- Glory to God alone
We are Presbyterian
We don’t really make a big deal about being Presbyterian because first and foremost we're Christians. We want people from all sorts of other church traditions (or no church traditions!) to feel comfortable growing as followers of Jesus with us. However, That said, we are part of the wider Presbyterian Church of Queensland and that means there are some things about our church that are Presbyterian distinctives. They include:
• having a group of ‘elders’ (volunteer leaders) who have leadership and oversight of the ministries and direction of our church; and
• accepting the Westminster Confession of Faith as a summary of the key Biblical teachings, with the explanations contained in something called "the Declaratory Statement".
You can find out more about the Presbyterian Church of Queensland here.