North Greenville Church subscribes to the standards of the reformed faith, chiefly the Westminster Confession of Faith, along with the Shorter and Larger Catechisms. These were set forth between 1643 and 1649 by the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, England. It serves as our guiding general interpretation of God’s Holy Bible.
We are also guided by the Five Solas of the Reformation (the great rallying cries of the Protestant Reformation):
Sola Fide – by faith alone
It is only through our faith, inspired by the Holy Spirit, that we are made right in the eyes of God. No amount of works or ritual on our part can ever accomplish this aside from faith.
Sola Scriptura: by Scripture alone
Scripture, and only scripture, is the inerrant word of God. While other sources and material may help us to interpret and study God’s word, it is the sole source of divine revelation and the norm by which all teaching and doctrine should be judged.
Solus Christus: through Christ alone
Our salvation is dependent purely on the sacrificial act of Christ Jesus, and not on any human work. Jesus’ perfect life and death are wholly sufficient to redeem his elect.
Sola Gratia: by grace alone
We do not deserve our salvation and we have not earned it. No human method or strategy can accomplish salvation apart from the grace of God, and it is only by grace that we are inspired to faith.
Soli Deo Gloria: glory to God alone
Because salvation is by God’s grace and has been accomplished by God, it is intended for his glory and we must glorify him always. We must live our entire lives before the face of God, under the authority of God and for his glory alone.
In order that the Church shall fulfill its calling as given by God, it is necessary that its ministry be directed in an orderly manner. Government rooted in and defined by Scriptural example and instruction is the means of accomplishing such necessary direction and order. While Scriptures do not teach a detailed form of Church government, the Presbyterian form is agreeable to and founded upon the Old and New Testaments. The Presbyterian form of Church government is government by presbyters (elders).
Our system of governance is set forth in the North Greenville church By-Laws.