We Believe in Jesus Christ

As Christians we believe in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. He is the Son of God, who died on the cross for our sins, rising again on the third day. Because of His resurrection we believe that we too can live forever after death in the joy of God’s presence. This life-giving message about the person and work of Jesus is the good news we celebrate and share with the world. Worshiping God and helping others are important ways we love God who first loved us.

As Presbyterians we belong to the Reformed branch of the global Christian faith, tracing our history through the Reformation of the 1500s. The word “reformed” means “corrected”. Because the Church is led by people who are fallible, it can make mistakes and fall into error. However, we believe those errors can be corrected and the Church can be reformed by God’s word. Scripture, as God’s written word, is our sole infallible rule of faith. Like other Presbyterian denominations, our primary subordinate standard is the Westminster Confession of Faith. The Presbyterian Church in Canada has added two other subordinate standards since it was formed in 1875. These are the Declaration of Faith Concerning Church and Nation and Living Faith. As a part of the broader Reformed tradition we recognize the Second Helvetic Confession, Belgic Confession, Gallican Confession, and Heidelburg Catechism as parallel secondary standards. In line with historic Christianity we also use the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds as authentic professions of our faith.