Although the Presbyterian Church is broadly defined as being Reformed in its Biblical Theology (what we believe God has revealed about Himself and everything else), we by no means believe that ours is the only Church or the only way to believe with regards to Christianity. We insist on what we call the “Fundamentals of the Faith”, which every truly Christian Church believes in, but we allow freedom of conscience when it comes to those things that we regard to be on the periphery of the Christian Faith, which different Christian Churches believe differently about.

I know that this sounds a little confusing but to simplify it we believe that the Christian teaching as outlined in the Apostle’s and Nicene Creeds, the 24 Articles of the Faith and the Westminster Confession are Fundamental to the faith and cannot be disagreed with or disputed if you are to remain a Christian believer. I have copied the Creeds for you because they are our faith at its most basic. If you want to read the 24 Articles of the Faith or the Westminster Confession of Faith please go to www.upcsa.org.za/  where you find them as part of our denomination’s website.

 Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary:
Suffered under Pontius Pilate;
was crucified, dead and buried:
He descended into death:
The third day he rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead:
I believe in the Holy Spirit:
I believe in the holy catholic (universal) church:
The communion of saints:
The forgiveness of sins:
The resurrection of the body:
And the life everlasting. Amen.

Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.