beliefs

A 19th-century hymn begins: The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus is the foundation for the Christian Church universal and also for the local body of Clemson Presbyterian Church. It is a privilege to join with faithful believers in our local community and throughout the world who confess with their mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in their hearts that God raised Him from the dead. (Romans 10:9). Jesus is both our salvation and our foundation.


We also recognize certain distinctives as a Reformed congregation of the PCA Church. Though we stand firmly on these truths and hold tightly to our convictions, we seek to present our beliefs in a way that is not divisive. If you have questions about what we believe, we hope that this page will answer some of those questions.


We are Biblically grounded

We believe that the Bible is God’s living word and completely true in all that it teaches. Because it is God’s gracious self-revelation, we joyfully submit to its authority in all areas of life.



We are Gospel centered

We believe that the good news of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection for sinners can transform any life, family or culture. Therefore, we are optimistic about the power of the Gospel and full of joy because of its work in our life as a church. We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, and for the glory of God alone.


We are prayerfully dependent

We believe in the power of prayer, expecting God to accomplish surprising things when His people express their total dependence on Him. Therefore, we are boldly asking God to do things so magnificent that we know we could not possible achieve them in our wisdom and strength.


We are outwardly focused

We believe that our community is a mission field and our gateway to the world. We do not exist solely for ourselves, but for our friends and neighbors who do not know Christ. Because of where God has placed us, the students of Clemson University are central to our outreach.


We are historically connected

We believe in the historic creeds of the early church. We are Protestant, affirming the unique authority of the Scriptures; Evangelical, acknowledging the supernatural character of our God; and Reformed, believing that salvation is by grace alone and that God is sovereign.


As a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), we affirm the Westminster Confession of Faith along with its Larger and Shorter Catechisms as containing the system of doctrine found in the Holy Scriptures.