Peace Community Church is a Presbyterian church and a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), Chicago Metro Presbytery. Like all PCA churches, we have adopted the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms as our confessional standards. To read these, please see the link below.
Peace Community Church maintains a firm commitment to the historical doctrines found in the Bible. Here is a brief summary of them:
- The Bible, having been inspired by God, is entirely trustworthy and without error. Therefore, we are to believe and obey its teachings. The Bible is the only source of special revelation for the church today.
- The one true God is personal, yet beyond our comprehension. He is an invisible spirit, completely self-sufficient and unbounded by space or time, perfectly holy and just, and loving and merciful. In the unity of the Godhead there are three “persons”: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- God created the heavens and the earth, and all they contain. He upholds and governs them in accordance with his eternal will. God is sovereign (in complete control) yet this does not diminish human responsibility.
- Because of the sin of the first man, Adam, all mankind is corrupt by nature, dead in sin, and subject to the wrath of God. But God determined, by a covenant of grace, that sinners may receive forgiveness and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. Faith in Christ has always been the only way of salvation, in both Old Testament and New Testament times.
- The Son of God took upon himself a human nature in the womb of the virgin Mary, so that in her son Jesus the divine and human natures were united in one person. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and died on a cross, bearing the sins of, and receiving God’s wrath for, all those who trust in him for salvation (his chosen ones, the elect). He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, where he sits as Lord and rules over his kingdom. He will return to judge the living and the dead, bringing his people (with glorious, resurrected bodies) into eternal life, and consigning all others to eternal punishment.
- Those whom God has predestined unto life are effectually drawn to Christ by a special operation of the Spirit as they hear the gospel. When they believe in Christ, God declares them righteous (justifies them), pardoning their sins and accepting them as righteous, not because of any righteousness of their own, but by imputing Christ’s perfect righteousness to them. They are adopted as the children of God and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who sanctifies them, enabling them increasingly, yet not completely or perfectly, to stop sinning and act righteously. They repent of their sins (both at their conversion and thereafter), produce good works as the fruit of their faith, and persevere to the end in communion with Christ, with assurance of their salvation.
- Believers strive to keep God’s moral law, which is summarized in the Ten Commandments, not to earn salvation, but because they love their Savior and want to obey him.
- Christ has established his church, and particular churches, to gather and progressively sanctify his people, by means of the ministry of the Word, the sacraments of baptism (which is to be administered to the children of believers, as well as believers) and the Lord’s Supper (in which the body and blood of Christ are spiritually present to the faith of believers), and the disciplining of members found delinquent in doctrine or life.
- Christians assemble on the Lord’s Day to worship God by praying, hearing the Word of God read and authoritatively preached, singing, and receiving the sacraments.