About being Presbyterian
What is a Presbyterian?
In the New Testament, Presbuteros means "elder", and refers to the custom of choosing leaders and advisors from among the wisest members of the church.
What is Required to Be A Presbyterian?
Confess the Christian Faith, Trust in Christ as our forgiving Savior, Promise to follow Christ and Christ's example of living, and commit oneself to attend church and to become involved in its work.
What is the Presbyterian Church?
The overall church structure consists of 4 Governing Bodies: Session (Elders elected by the congregation); Presbytery (Elders and ministers from congregations who oversee the local churches); Synod (Representatives elected from each Presbytery to over see several Presbyteries); General Assembly (The national governing body made up of equal numbers of lay people and clergy chosen by the Presbyteries.)
What do Presbyterians Believe?
Like other Christians, Presbyterians Believe: God, is the Creator of the universe; Christ, is the incarnation of God on Earth; Holy Spirit, is the presence of God in the world and in the believer; The Church, is a universal company of Christ's followers; Forgiveness of Sin, is made possible by the crucifixion of Jesus; Life Everlasting, is shown by the resurrection of Jesus; Bible, is the inspired word of God.
What Sacraments do Presbyterians Recognize?
Presbyterians recognize two sacraments as described in the Bible: Baptism, this sacrament unites us with Jesus Christ and makes us a member of God's family, the Church; Communion, also called The Lord's Supper, Holy Communion or The Eucharist is the time to renew faith and strengthen participants for the duties and privileges of Christian Service. In Communion, the Bread and Wine represent the sacrificial body and blood of Christ and recall the last meal shared with the Apostles. Together they symbolize the New Covenant between God and all people.