Sunset Presbyterian Church Core Beliefs
Sunset Presbyterian Church stands within the Reformed Tradition. The Scripture as the Word of God is the authoritative guide for our life and faith; and the Confessions of the Church are reliable guides to our understanding of God’s Word in specific historical situations.
We acknowledge the sovereignty of God in every moment of life, and look to God alone for purpose and meaning and guidance in this life. God is the foundation and object of our faith and we know God as Creator and Redeemer, Friend and Lord.
We admit our sinfulness and inability to live up to the fullness of God’s image within us. We confess the reality of God’s redeeming, atoning love in Jesus Christ. We remember the sacrifice and suffering of Christ on the cross and hold to the hope of resurrection which the empty cross represents.
We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit who gives us faith, renews our commitment, strengthens us for discipleship, and confirms the presence of God in our lives. We believe in the power of prayer to bring change, healing and new life to our faith and to the world.
We believe that the church is called together to remember, forgive, love and serve. The church is a community based on covenant with God and with each other. We offer support to each other in the trials and tribulations of life.
We struggle to make the Word of God a reality in our lives, and we strive to bear witness to that reality every day. We also focus on the task of discipleship. We remember that the response to belief in Christ is not a mere intellectual acceptance, but a response in action–a response in service and love to God and to all God’s people. At the heart of the church and its calling is the commandment of Christ to love the Lord with all our hearts and all our being and to love our neighbor as ourselves.