What We Believe

Rainbow Presbyterian Church is a member church of the Presbyterian Church in America. To find out about what we believe, you can click on the link or read below.

The Bible:  The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. It is the complete revelation of God’s will for salvation, and our supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life. (It is infallible and authoritative.) 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21

God:  There is only one true God to whom we owe our worship, service, lives and trust. God is eternal, infinitely perfect, all-powerful, all-knowing, always present and holy (separate from humanity and morally perfect). This one God exists and works in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (the Trinity). He has created, and therefore owns and controls all things according to His perfect will. Ephesians 1:11; 3:11; Acts 4:24-28.

Creation:   God alone has existed from eternity past, and in His wisdom, decided to create the universe using nothing that had previously existed. Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3; Isaiah 44:24.

Humanity:  God created human beings in His own likeness (image) to have intimate relationship with Him (fellowship) and to bring Him glory (submission). For this reason humanity has tremendous dignity and value (Gen. 1:26-31; Col. 3:17). But mankind broke that relationship through rebellion and disobedience (sin), and thereby all humans became spiritually dead, separated from God, justly deserving His condemnation, and unable to restore relationship or please Him by any means. Romans 3:9-20; 3:23; 8:7-8.

Jesus:  Jesus Christ is truly God (Rom 9:5). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, becoming also truly human (Luke 2:1-40). As the perfect representative for both God and man, Jesus was sent by God to restore our relationship with the Father.

Because of His humanity and His suffering, and being tempted in every way like we are, (yet without sinning), He is compassionate and sympathetic toward us (Heb 4:14-16). Because of His sinless life, He had perfect and unbroken relationship with His Father and perfectly pleased Him in every respect.

Although He was completely righteous, Christ voluntarily suffered the punishment that justice required for OUR sins, which had separated us from God. Jesus died on the cross in our place, and took the full punishment that we rightly deserved. He was our substitute and the sacrifice for our sins. (Atonement – Rom. 3:25a).  This act of love completely fulfilled all the demands of the holiness of God, whose requirement for perfect righteousness can never be set aside. In this divine exchange, Jesus took our sin and imparted His righteousness to us. Through Jesus, God Himself provided a way for His relationship with us to be restored. (Rom 5:8-10).

After His suffering and death, Jesus physically and truly came back to life after three days in the grave (Resurrection –  Matthew 28), thereby demonstrating His deity and His power, and the effectiveness of His sacrifice. He then ascended into heaven in the sight of His disciples and now reigns with God, the Father (Luke 24:5-53). He is now our advocate – continually “standing up” for us (Rom 8:34). Jesus is the only savior and way back to God (John 14:6; I Tim 2:5)

God’s Plan of Salvation:  We believe in the Gospel or the Good News: that, through Jesus and His sacrifice, sinners (like we all are), can have an intimate, loving relationship with God again, and one day live with Him forever. God’s plan and provision to send Jesus to redeem us was purely out of love for us and by grace alone (doing good for those who deserve the opposite). Faith (trusting in who Jesus is and what He did), is the only means to receive the gift of salvation. Nothing we do by the way of good deeds or religious exercise can earn it. Faith is a gift of God and the work of the Holy Spirit. It is accompanied by our individual admission that we are great sinners in need of a great savior (repentance). The results of salvation by grace through faith alone include:

  • total forgiveness of our individual sins (past, present and future)
  • complete removal of individual guilt in God’s sight
  • individual acceptance and approval by God
  • crediting of Jesus’ perfect obedience to our individual record
  • our adoption into God’s family as His sons and daughters (with all its rights and privileges)
  • power to become more and more like Jesus throughout our lifetime (sanctification)
  • the guarantee of being united with Him at our death in order to live with Him forever (glorification)

John 3:16; Rom. 3:22-24; Eph 2:1, 4, 5, 8-10.

End Times:   Jesus promises to personally and visibly return again one day and bring all things to their completion and culmination. There will be a final judgement by God, where He will take His own to be with Him forever and will deliver others to be separated from Him forever. I Cor 15:24-28; Rev. 20:11-15.

The Church:   We believe in the invisible church: that we are one with all God’s people, everywhere, throughout history. We also believe in the visible church: where God’s people in particular places and at particular times in history express their unity by visibly committing themselves to mutual encouragement and accountability. In the local church, we fellowship, pray and worship, teach His Word and administer the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, (which are visible signs of  invisible grace). These activities are the ordinary (but not exclusive) means through which God spreads the gospel and helps people grow in love and faith.