In 1997, the Session of Windwood Presbyterian Church established, for this congregation, the following Statement of Faith:
We Affirm ...
… the LORD our God, the LORD is one. The one true God exists in three distinct Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in one essential being, without confusion. The Lord our God is the One who was, who is, and who is to come, the Almighty.
... the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God, the authoritative, and infallible rule of our faith and practice.
... the historic actuality of the virgin birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and His divine/human nature.
... the historic actuality of the miracles of our Lord Jesus Christ as conveyed to us in the pages of Holy Scripture.
... that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ were both necessary and sufficient for atoning for our sins and to provide us the only way of salvation and life eternal.
... the historic actuality of the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and His coming again.
We believe these to be the historic understandings of the Christian Faith, embraced by believers throughout the centuries, and expressed faithfully in the Nicene and Apostle’s Creeds. While membership in the Church Universal is a matter of the heart and can be judged by Jesus alone, membership in the local church is not a right, but a privilege and duty that brings with it responsibilities and requirements. As our standards are not to be ignored or dismissed, but rather upheld, the Session of Windwood Presbyterian Church requires all members, leaders, and staff affirm these six essentials of the Christian faith as a condition of their membership and ministry service.
Where We Stand
In everything, we seek to ground ourselves in the Word of God made flesh, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior and the inspired Word of God written, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. This is where we stand, without apology and without compromise.
Where We Are Going
Where we are going is an exciting adventure of faith laid out for us by Jesus himself. In his Great Commission and Great Commandments, Jesus has given his Church its purpose and direction.
The Great Commandments
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind … Love your neighbor as yourself.” - Matthew 22:37, 39
The Great Commission
“In your going, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” - Matthew 28:19-20a
Balancing the Purposes of the Church
We are told that we have these purposes as the body of Christ in the world.
If we want to be a healthy body, we must work toward having a balance of all of these purposes. As we grow healthier, we will grow larger. As we grow larger in number, we must also grow smaller in emphasis, that is to say, we must provide the opportunity for small group relationships and community to form. Small groups must become not merely a program, but a strategy for the way we go about equipping people and doing all our ministries.
All this being said, we must do more than just say the right things, we must begin to do them. Faith is more than belief, it is belief in action. If we are to grow in our faith we must learn the disciplines that will lead to spiritual growth. Therefore, as a congregation, we are committing ourselves to becoming “doers of the word and not hearers only.” Our focus is for each member to make the commitment to the Five Spiritual Disciplines that Lead to Spiritual Maturity:
• A daily time in God’s word
• A daily prayer time
• A commitment to weekly participation in worship
• A commitment to a relational fellowship
• A commitment to stewardship
We believe God has called us to be leaders in our world for his kingdom. We have a great message to share with people in the world:
God has forgiven us through his Son, and given us life eternal and life abundant if we will put our faith in him.
We are committed to seeing people’s lives changed for an eternity and that change starts now. We invite you to join us on this Great Adventure of Faith!
Yours in Christ,
Our Church and Human Sexuality
The debate on the social boundaries of human sexuality has been part of popular culture for decades; and because Christians do not live in a social vacuum, we’ve brought this discussion into our churches. Our previous denomination, the PC(USA), struggled with this for 30 years, and finally abandoned the Biblical standard. Rejecting Biblical standards was one of the primary reasons Windwood joined another denomination. But to ease any confusion, Windwood’s Session presents our understanding of God’s Word on the gift of sexuality and its intended place in the Christian’s life.