We long to taste the glory of God in such an astonishing way that the city of Alexandria will be drawn to the majesty and mercy of our great God. It is our desire that our worship will serve as an authentic model to our city of the possibilities for transformation of individuals, families, and a city encountering the glory and grace of God.
APC is a church of sinners. It's that simple. But we are bound together by the Gospel that saves us and transforms us. The transformation is, however, a process. God isn't through with us yet. Everyone in this church is struggling with something. If you are currently struggling with greed, gossip, drugs, alcohol, sexual brokenness, eating disorders, anger, pride, etc-you are not alone. More importantly, God does not intend for you to struggle alone. That's why He made the Church. If you would like to learn how your brothers and sisters at APC might be able to encourage you, pray with you and struggle alongside you, contact Tom Holliday at the church office.
The following is a concise statement of our beliefs. For a more in-depth examination of our theology, we suggest the online text of the Westminister Confession of Faith and, of course, the Holy Bible.
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To get acquainted with a particular church, questions are often asked not only about its history and philosophy of ministry but also about its theology; e.g. “What does Alexandria Presbyterian Church believe?” We hope that this section will assist you in understanding our basic beliefs. Should you have further questions, an Elder or a member of our ministerial staff would be happy to assist you.
We are Evangelical
To say that we are evangelical means that we take our stand with all those who believe the foundational tenets of classical historical Christian doctrine. These foundational beliefs are the existence of the triune God, the deity of Jesus, the virgin birth, the substitutionary and vicarious atonement of Christ, the physical resurrection of Christ, the sure and bodily return of Christ, and the divine inspiration, infallibility and divine authority of the Bible as the written Word of God. We joyfully affirm our unity with those from every tradition and denomination who hold to these fundamentals, including those true believers in Christ who, for whatever reasons, find themselves members of denominations or churches with which we might have certain disagreements.
This means we take seriously the Great Commission: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Without compromising the sovereignty of God, we affirm the responsibility of each person to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and our responsibility to extend the Gospel invitation as a call to salvation to everyone who hears its message. We invite all, without distinction, to drink freely of the Water of Life and to live eternally. This is the initial step we take in seeking to extend the transforming presence of Christ’s Kingdom.
We are Reformed
“Reformed” as we use the term means two things. (1) It is a reference to our historical link to the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century and intends to describe us as the heirs of that tradition which comes from Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox and other reformers. (2) “Reformed” is used also to refer to certain theological distinctives which have marked reformation believers, particularly those of the Calvinistic tradition. These distinctives can be summarized by our glad affirmation of the responsibility of every person to repent and believe, and that it is God who, by His sovereign electing grace, draws men and women, otherwise dead in sin, to faith in His Son. By this faith alone are God’s people justified. Reformed distinctives include the sovereignty of God in His creation, providence and election of believers apart from any merit of their own; the irresistible grace of God provided for and preceding the faith of the individual; the sufficiency of God’s grace apart from which man is dead in sin and wholly defiled in all his faculties of soul and body; the efficacy of Christ’s death for all those who believe in Him by grace; and the safe-guarding of all those for whom Christ died for eternal life. We seek to hold to our reformed convictions humbly, recognizing the sincerity and earnestness of godly men and women who have other positions touching upon these distinctive doctrines. Further, while we require our ordained ministers and officers to subscribe to these distinctive doctrines, belief in the reformed distinctives is not a prerequisite for church membership.
We are Confessional
This means that we have a written confession of faith which we believe to be a good and accurate summary of the Bible’s teaching. Our confession consists of the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. These documents (available from our church office) are not without flaw; yet we believe they do contain carefully worded summaries of the Bible’s content. All Ruling and Teaching Elders in the Presbyterian Church in America must vow that they hold to these standards and are required to indicate to their presbyteries or sessions where they take exceptions. It is important to note that every church has a confession, formal or informal, written or unwritten even though they may state that they have “no creed but Christ.” Every church summarizes its convictions in some form in order to identify its own church or denominational distinctives.
We are Covenantal
To say we are covenantal means we believe that the unifying principle of the Scriptures is the one covenant of grace that God made with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and finally and most importantly, in Jesus Christ. The covenant is a pledge or bond of loyalty which God made to His people through each of the above named persons. The covenant is a relationship of loving loyalty that God has initiated with us as His people throughout human history. To speak of the unity of the covenants means that there is one way and one way only to salvation in both Old and New Testaments-that is, by faith alone in Jesus Christ.