Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs.
The Authority of Scripture – Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ.
Justification by Grace through Faith – Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments.
The Priesthood of All Believers – It is everyone’s job – ministers and lay people alike – to share this Good News with the whole world. The Presbyterian Church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.
The Sovereignty of God – God is the supreme authority throughout the universe.