What We Believe
We believe that Jesus is Lord.
We believe that God continues to lead Bee Ridge Presbyterian members and friends to live as joyful followers of Jesus.
We believe that God loves the whole world.
When Christians share caring relationships with neighbors, we all can learn more about God's love.
The Bible is our guide for faith and living.
Salvation is a free gift from the Loving God.
Anyone can receive the gift of salvation by trusting in Jesus as Savior.
Our greatest purpose in life is to bring honor to God in every area of our lives.
If you would like more info about our beliefs ...
Most of the time at Bee Ridge Presbyterian, we use modern language to talk about our beliefs. Sometimes during worship, we express our beliefs through historical ideas that are rooted in the Bible and the teachings of Jesus. One important summary of our Christian beliefs is a historical summary called "The Apostles' Creed." During times of worship or study, we may say the words of this creed (statement of faith) and then use more modern language to apply these beliefs to our everyday life.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
The holy Catholic Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting.
More info about Presbyterian history, structure, and worship:
The Presbyterian Church can trace it’s history all the way back to Martin Luther and the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in 1517. Not far behind Luther was John Calvin, a French pastor and theologian who published the Institutes of Christian Religion in 1536. The Institutes are still read and studied today in Presbyterian Seminaries and have become the basis and foundation for the Reformed Tradition. John Knox, a Scotsman, studied with Calvin and brought Calvin’s teachings back to Scotland where the church became known as The Presbyterian Church. The Presbyterian Church (USA) was established in 1983 when the Presbyterian Church in the United States merged with the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. The PCUSA is the largest Presbyterian denomination with over 2 Million members, 13,000 ordained ministers in over 10,000 congregations. Our denominational offices can be found in Louisville, Kentucky.
Our structure is two-part. Part I is the Book of Confessions a book outlining our beliefs as stated in many historic Creeds and Confessions. Part II is the Book of Order which outlines our government and gives a rationale for the functions of the Church at all levels. The PCUSA has a representative form of government with four levels of administration within that government: The Session, The Presbytery, The Synod and the General Assembly.
Our worship follows the Reformed Tradition as it was established by John Calvin during the time of the Reformation. We believe worship is not only a time for prayer but for reading Scripture and celebrating the Sacraments. We in the PCUSA celebrate 2 Sacraments, we believe Sacraments were instituted by God and taught by Jesus Christ. These 2 Sacraments are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Sacraments are “signs of the real presence and power of Christ in the Church, symbols of God’s action” and through the Sacraments “God seals believers in redemption, renews their identity as the people of God and marks them for service.” -Book of Order, W 1.3033
We believe the elements of Christian Worship are Prayer, Scripture Reading and Proclamation(Preaching), Baptism, The Lord’s Supper, Self-Offering (As the Holy Spirit has given each member with particular gifts for strengthening the body of Christ for mission, so worship should provide opportunities to recognize these gifts and offer them to serve Christ in the church and in the world. -Book of Order,W 2.5002
In the PC(USA) we believe Baptism is a sign and seal of God’s grace. That grace is extended to us even when we do no recognize it or know it. Therefore we baptize adults, children, and babies as a sign to the whole community of God’s overflowing grace and love.