We are Protestant:
that segment within Christendom which is non-Roman or Eastern Orthodox. We embrace the five pillars of the Reformation which are:
- Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone.
- Sola Gratia, by grace alone.
- Solus Christus, through Christ alone.
- Sola Fide, by faith alone.
- Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone.
Presbyterian comes from the Greek word presbuteros ...
meaning elder. It is used 72 times in the New Testament. FPC is governed by a body of twelve elders (also referred to as overseers or shepherds in the Bible) called by God and elected by members of the church. As a Presbyterian church, we believe Jesus, the chief shepherd, has given under-shepherds to care for God's people as they journey through their life of faith this side of heaven (Ephesians 4:11-14; 1 Peter 5:1-4). The Presbyterian form of church government emphasizes the cooperative character of the Church as reflected in the New Testament (Acts 15:2-6). Therefore, while the elders of FPC are primarily responsible for overseeing the ministry of this church, they also share in the work of overseeing the ministry of sister churches throughout the Presbytery of Florida and in the entire denomination through what is called the Synod.
We are Presbyterian in government:
that form of church government that consists of three levels of church governing bodies: The Synod, Presbytery, and Session. The session is made up of elders and teaching elders (pastors) who represent the members of the congregation.
All Presbyterian churches are instructed by the ECO Constitution consisting of two parts: Polity (rules of governance) and Discipline.
We are a creedal and confessional church.
We use the Westminster Confession of Faith, Heidelberg Confession, Nicene Creed, Apostles Creed, Theological Declaration of Barmen and the Scots Confession. They assist us in teaching the truth of our faith. The theology and beliefs of our leadership are most closely represented by the Westminster Confession of Faith.
We are a Confessing Church.
We believe that Jesus Christ alone is Lord of all and the way of salvation. That the Holy Scripture is the triune God’s revealed Word, the church’s only infallible rule of faith and life. That God’s people are called to holiness in all aspects of life. This includes honoring the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, the only relationship within which sexual activity is appropriate and the sanctity of life, that life begins at conception.