At Cherokee Presbyterian you will find a mix of the traditional and contemporary. As we look to our foundations and traditions to give us strength and direction, we also look forward to the new things God is doing in his Kingdom. Worship uses the rich Reformed tradition of creeds, hymns and the monthly observance of the Lord’s Supper. But we also employ contemporary elements like a casual atmosphere with the inclusion of praise songs and modern instruments. We are founded on tradition and building to the future.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Cherokee Presbyterian bases its beliefs on the foundational witness of the Apostles and the testimony of Scripture, received as the authoritative Word of God.
We believe that God created all things good, but through disobedience humanity fell into a state of sin.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only salvation for that sin, and when he died a sinless death, he died to atone for the sins of all believers.
We believe that three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, conquering the power of death forever.
We believe that by the power of his death and resurrection, we are offered new life in Jesus Christ. This is salvation, and is given to us by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe that there is no way we can earn this grace, and we all come before God as true equals, in the equality of our sin. Because of grace, purchased by Christ, all who confess Jesus as Lord and repent of their sins will find forgiveness for their sins, and are promised the reward of eternal life.
We believe it is the mission of the Church to proclaim the gospel of God’s grace to every person and nation on earth, to worship the Triune God in spirit and truth, nurture the disciples of Jesus Christ, and manifest God’s love to all people through the works of charity and mercy
The Presbyterian Church is
distinguished by two features:
theology and church government.
Presbyterian Theology, which is also called Reformed Theology, is best summed up in the five solas.
SCRIPTURE ALONE is how we are taught about all matters of salvation and faith. In scripture we learn we are saved by
GRACE ALONE through FAITH ALONE, in the work of CHRIST ALONE for the
GLORY OF GOD ALONE.
A more detailed explanation of
Reformed Theology can be found in
Presbyterian government is rule by elders (presbytos). Elders are elected from the congregation, which form the governing body known as the Session.
Our Book of Order, gives us the general rules and guidelines by which a church is governed, but the day to day decisions rest in the hands of the Session.