What La Cañada Presbyterian Church Believes
- We believe in God, and know him as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe God is supremely for us and has designed us for loving relationships with God and our neighbors.
- We believe that the Old Testament tells the story of God the Father’s desire to be in relationship with the world, and then how God takes the initiative in developing that relationship. God’s desire for relationship with people is seen in things like the creation of the heavens and the earth, the calling of people like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to carry out God’s purposes – so that the whole world might be blessed through God’s graciousness. Toward those same ends, God created Israel and then called people to be kings and prophets to tell both Israel and the nations of the world about the depth of relationship that God desires with the world.
- We believe that the New Testament continues to tell the story of God’s graciousness but expresses it with a clarity that is unequalled in the Old Testament. The New Testament describes God coming into the world in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. It is breathtaking the extent that God will go to be in relationship with people. Those who trust God’s graciousness, as demonstrated in Jesus, receive the gift of his Spirit and gratefully follow him while learning how to live in tension between the time of Jesus’ ascension and the time when history will be consummated in his coming again. The Bible is adamant. In the end, God wins.
- We believe that as we live in this in-between time, God continues to express his desire for relationship with the world through the Holy Spirit and God’s people, the Church. The Holy Spirit empowers the Church to tell the world about the good news of God’s grace in Jesus Christ, and then commands us to love one another, even our enemies; and finally to express God’s concerns for the poor and to promote God’s justice in society.
- We believe that there is a power in the world that opposes the purposes of God. When you combine that reality with people, institutions and nations working against the purposes of God, it creates a world with much suffering and injustice, harsh realities that often cause people to doubt God’s love and graciousness. In the midst of that evil, self-centeredness, suffering and injustice, the Church continues to proclaim that the God whom we know in Jesus Christ is a God of love and compassion, mercy and justice.
- We believe that the Bible and the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper provide the clearest expression of God’s intentions for the church and the world.