What We Believe

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The Trinity: We believe in the glory, vitality, and community of the Holy Trinity as the foundation of all reality. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Centrality of Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ is the central, reigning figure in the life of the Christian.  He is the head of the Church.  He is the King of all Creation and He is the King of all Salvation.  Christ stands above all other authorities, lords, and rulers as the Christian’s preeminent Prophet, Priest, and Sovereign King.

The Bible: We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and therefore without error. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.

Our Helplessness: We believe that all people are sinners and completely unable to be saved from God’s displeasure, except by His gracious work, help, and mercy.

Sovereign Choice: We believe that salvation is given by God alone as He sovereignly elects and chooses those He will save.

God’s Grace: We believe God’s choice of election is based on His gracious love, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith. We believe that a Christian is saved, or justified, by receiving the grace of God that is applied through repentance of sin and faith in Christ.

Work of Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him alone for salvation.  Among other things, we also believe that the work of Christ was penal and substitutionary in that Christ took the sin of all his people upon himself; and he further declared that all his righteousness would be counted toward them.

Covenantal Community: We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.  These covenant promises of salvation and blessing belong to the Christian, not by works, but by our union and glorious relationship with Christ.  These promises received by us through heart-gripped repentance, are engaged through a lively faith that expresses itself in love, and are celebrated in the holy sacraments of baptism and communion.

The Gospel:  We believe that the gospel is the good news that “Jesus is Lord and Savior!”  We believe that all of scripture is oriented around that powerful truth.  So then, not only is the Christian saved through the power of the gospel, but the Christian is also sustained by the gospel, nurtured by the gospel, and the Christian will finally be glorified through the gospel at Christ’s return.

Progressive Growth (Sanctification): We believe that the Christian continues to live and grow with an ever increasing faith in Christ, and a continual dependence on the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit indwells Gods people and gives them a growing conviction of sin, a growing life of repentance, a growing faith to believe in Christ, a growing wisdom to trust Him, and the growing strength to obey and follow Him.

Sacramental Graces:  We believe in two sacramental graces that are to be enjoyed by each believer: Baptism and the Lord’s Table
 –   Baptism: is a sacrament, ordained by Jesus Christ, as a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, that signifies the spiritual cleansing that comes by the blood of Christ. The sacrament of baptism is to performed by a minister of the gospel, where water is preferably applied by sprinkling or pouring, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  This sacrament is to be applied to all adult believers, as a sign of their salvation by faith in Christ, and to their children, as a sign of cleasning that welcomes them into the worshiping community of the church until such time as Christ sees fit to save them.
  – The Lord’s Table (or Communion): is a sacrament, ordained by Christ, where He makes himself known to us in the breaking of bread (which signifies Christ’s broken body), and in the sharing of the cup (which signifies Christ’s shed blood). Though it is mysterious, we believe that we experience the presence, power, and grace of Jesus Christ in a special way when we share in this sacrament together. Among other things, in this sacrament, we are reminded that in spite of our sin, we are covered with the grace of God because of the broken body and spilled blood of Christ on the cross. When we eat the bread and drink the wine, God’s covenant of grace, through Christ’s sacrifice, is once again reaffirmed.  All Christians with a heart of repentance are welcomed to the Lord’s Table.

Return of Christ:  We believe that our King Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.

Glory of God:  We believe that all aspects of salvation and providence are governed by God’s sovereignty; and that our lives as Christians are to be lived to the glory of God by joyfully delighting in Him under the gracious lordship of our King Jesus.


Surfside PCA holds to the standards of the Westminster Confession, the Larger and Shorter Catechism, and the Book of Church Order in accordance with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).