Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which youstand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless youbelieved in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins inaccordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with theScriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep [that is, have died]. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me [that is, to Paul].
First Corinthians 15:1-8
Therefore, we are ambassadors
Second Corinthians 5:20-21
The Core Confession is one which all members can affirm with a level of conviction. The other doctrinal statements serve as the standard for our elders/pastors and for all the teaching of the church.
This statement is how PCGC identifies a person’s outward confession as a genuine Christian confession. It is accompanied by a complementary statement on repentance which broadly describes sin which we have been redeemed from. Without a proper understanding of sin, the Gospel is irrelevant. We have intentionally borrowed the language of our other more detailed doctrinal positions to formulate this statement.
Though it was created in 1978, it is a classic articulation of what it does and does not mean to believe in the inerrancy of Scriptures.
This flows both doctrinally and logically from biblical beliefs in the companion Inerrancy statement. This defines how a person interprets Scripture in a way that recognizes its truthfulness and authority. This document was created in 1982 and is widely recognized as the evangelical standard.
This is a statement on the person and work of Jesus Christ. Though it was written in 2016, it summarizes and expresses the biblical truths articulated in confessions written in the first, fourth, fifth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries, representing a wide geographical and denominational agreement.
PCGC joined the FEB in 2018. As such, its statement of faith is a short summary of what we teach and believe. The FEB statement can be understood as a very short summary of the most pertinent parts of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.
These statements have to do with the intentional complementary creation, design and roles of men and women. Leadership in the home and church, as well as biblical definitions of marriage and godly sexuality and gender are declared.
These articles of belief were written in 1619 to articulate the historical biblical understanding of soteriology (how a person is saved) exposing competing positions to be novel and foreign to Protestant theology. This document deals with the necessity of the Holy Spirit’s work for conversion, the eternal covenant love of God in Christ for the church, the sovereignty of God in all things, the doctrine of assurance of salvation, the grounds for God’s election of the church, as well as the wonderful implications of the substitutionary atonement of Christ on behalf of the church. This document represents the majority report of the evangelical (and those protestant denominations which the evangelical movement proceeded from) position on these matters prior to the mid 18th century.
This is the earliest recognized summary of Christian doctrine outside of scriptures. Its formal written form dates to the 4th century AD but there is early evidence of its use as an oral confession in the 2nd century AD.
This Creed was formulated in 325 AD and summarizes and clearly articulates the trinitarian doctrines which flow from Scripture and which characterize the Christian position on these matters. The doctrine of the Trinity was not created at this point, but this document became necessary when a heretic named Arius began to teach new doctrines which denied the full divinity of Christ. The church, which had spread geographically quite far, rightly gathered to articulate the biblical position and condemned Arius’ teachings as novel and foreign to Christianity.