What do We Believe at FHPC?
The short answer is that we believe the historic Christian faith. Our theological tradition traces back to the Reformation of the 16th Century and the writings of John Calvin. Reformation theology emphasizes a personal relationship with God through Christ. Our theological themes are: Faith, Scripture and Grace .The Bible is our authority for faith and practice. We also take guidance from historic Christian confessions such as the Apostle’s Creed. The word “Presbyterian” does not refer to any unique theological doctrines, but rather a form of governance. “Presbyterian” refers to our church form of government i.e. “A church governed by elders.”
We are guided by our Presbyterian Book of Confessions
The Book of Confessions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) contains the historic creeds and confessions of Reformed Christianity. The contents are the Nicene Creed, the Apostles’ Creed, the Scots Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Second Helvetic Confession, the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Shorter Catechism, the Larger Catechism, the Theological Declaration of Barmen, the Confession of 1967, and the Brief Statement of Faith. The role of the Book of Confessions is to provide theological guidance and historical context for Biblical interpretation. http://www.creeds.net/reformed/BookOfConfessions.pdf
In addition we are also blessed and guided by the following statement of faith used by our congregation in the 19th Century here on San Juan Island.
Valley Presbyterian Church
San Juan Island, Washington Territory – 1882
Church Membership Covenant
I take God the Father to be my God
Jesus Christ to be my Savior
The Holy Spirit to be my Comforter
The people of God to be my people
And I do this deliberately, sincerely,
freely and forever, and I do promise,
the Lord being my helper,
to live a consistent Christian life