Core Theology

Second Presbyterian is a congregation of the PC(USA) and therefore has its historic roots in the Reformation in Europe, specifically reformation that took place in Scotland under the leadership of John Knox in the 16th century.

The word theology comes for two Greek words: "Theos meaning ˜God' and "logos meaning ˜word'.  Therefore, theology is words about God.  The late Dr. Shirley C. Guthrie said it this way:  "The study of theology is by definition the quest for ultimate truth about God, about ourselves and about the world we live in. (from his book, Christian Doctrine, page1).

Our core theology is summarized in the historic affirmation of the church,
The Apostles Creed:

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;

who was conceived by the holy Ghost,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

 was crucified dead and buried;

he descended into hell;

the third day he rose again from the dead;

he ascended into heaven,

and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;

the holy catholic church;

the communion of saints;

 the forgiveness of sins;

the resurrection of the body;

 and the life everlasting. Amen.