At Yorkfield, we believe that Jesus Christ is the center of our faith. We learn and know Jesus’ love for us through the Bible (written by humans but inspired by God) and by our lived experiences.
Beyond these core convictions, as Presbyterians we value other principles of Reformed Theology that guide our life in God.
ROOM FOR MYSTERY
We appreciate that God can't be completely defined by anything we might say, nor does the God fit neatly into any particular theological or denominational boxes we might be tempted to use. God's breadth and scope, majesty, and power transcend our human comprehension and so we try to steer away from limiting God with our own perceptions
ROOM FOR DIFFERENCE
We believe that faithful people can be different in opinion from one person to the next. Within our congregation there is a diversity of ideas on many topics. We try to love and respect each other as children of God, and let everything else follow from that. God works in many ways, and we embrace that the Holy Spirit may be speaking to us from the next pew over in a voice we didn’t expect. We take seriously our call to live in harmony with one another, because if we as Christians don’t do this… who will?
SPECIFIC REFORMED UNDERSTANDINGS
From the PC(USA) Book of Order:
"The good news of the Gospel is that the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – creates, redeems, sustains, rules, and transforms all things and all people."
"Human beings have no higher goal in life than to glorify and enjoy God now and forever, living in covenant fellowship with God and participating in God's Mission."
"God has put all things under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and has made Christ Head of the Church, which is his body."
The "Great Ends" of the Church are:
- "the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind;
- the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God;
- the maintenance of divine worship;
- the preservation of the truth;
- the promotion of social righteousness; and
- the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world."