A Short Statement of What We Believe.
Donvale Presbyterian church exists to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God and is the only rule of faith and practice. That its authority does not depend on human belief or acceptance, but on God Himself who is its author. As such the Bible is to be believed, received and obeyed, because it is the Word of God.
We believe that God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and He exists in three persons, - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That this God is the creator of this universe and that He created by the power of His word, and he directs and governs all His creatures and all their actions, so that they accomplish the purpose for which they were created.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God - fully God and fully man in two distinct natures. That He is the only Redeemer of God's elect, and He accomplished our salvation through His perfect work on the cross, - by dying, being buried and rising bodily from the grave. He now sits at the right hand of God, where He intercedes for His people, and He rules the world as Lord over all things.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, who works faith in people, and brings them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He unites people to Christ, and works in their lives giving them power to die to sin and live godly lives.
We believe that all humanity has sinned and fall short of God's perfect standard. That we are unable to save ourselves unless God intervenes in our lives and grants us grace to repent of our sin and place our trust in Christ for salvation and eternal life. We believe that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, and that this is the gift of God.
We believe that God has established His church on earth, His holy family, which exists to glorify God by humble hearing and obedience to his word. This obedience primarily consists in praise and thanksgiving, the joyful celebration of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, building each other in the faith and taking the gospel to the world in word and deed.
We believe that Christ, the head of the church has instituted the rule of elders for its maturity and purity.
We believe in the personal, glorious and triumphant return of Jesus Christ when the dead will be raised to be judged. Those that are found in Christ will enter into the life of eternal joy and peace in God's New Heaven and New Earth. Those who are outside of Christ will go to conscious eternal punishment.
Our passion is to glorify, love and live for God as followers of Jesus Christ. Through God’s Word, the Bible, we disciple and equip people to grow in love for God and each other; and to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.