The PCA is one of the faster growing denominations in the United States, with over 1450 churches and missions throughout the United States and Canada. There were over 306,000 members as of December 2000.
The Westminster Confession of Faith
The Westminster Confession of Faith, drawn up in the 1640s by an assembly of 151 theologians (mostly Presbyterians and Puritans) at Westminster Abbey, is the standard of doctrine for the Church of Scotland and many Presbyterian churches throughout the world. Several other denominations, including Baptists and Congregationalists, have used adaptations of the Westminster Confession of Faith as a basis for their own doctrinal statements. In each case, the Westminster Confession is considered subordinate to the Bible.
3 Basic Christian Beliefs
The Nature of God
Christians believe in one God, who exists in three persons, the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. There is only one God, and he will not share the glory of his essential nature with anyone.
He is a holy God who will judge all wickedness
Jesus is fully God in the same way that God the Father is God and should be worshiped as such
The Nature of Salvation
For biblical Christians, the whole point of salvation is union with God for HIS glory.
Union with God and pardon of sin can only happen through justification by faith alone.
This justification (being made right with God), and union with God, will then bring about a life of holiness and good works, as a response of obedience and gratitude, enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit
The Purpose of Man’s Life
The apostle Paul says:
Furthermore, Revelation 19:6-10 depicts an eternal marriage at the end of world history between the “lamb” (Christ) and the church (followers of the lamb).
Since marriage on this earth is only for this earth,
there must be something higher, something greater that we were created for.
To be with God as his gratefully redeemed people, and for him to be the Sovereign and sole delight of his redeemed is the best ending possible. It transcends temples made with human hands. It transcends all of our failing efforts to cleanse ourselves from sin. It transcends the man-centered religion that ends up worshiping the created, instead of the Creator. To know, to worship, to serve, and to love God forever, having been redeemed by his free grace, for his Glory alone — this is the ultimate purpose of the life of every human being.