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Our Beliefs

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RPC is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America. We stand in the stream of
historic, creedal Christianity. We stand in the tradition of the Protestant Reformation—
holding that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, as found in
and founded upon Scripture alone, to the glory of God alone. What we believe Scripture
teaches is summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger Catechism,
and Shorter Catechism.

Our beliefs are summarized by the five pillars of the reformation known as the “Five
Solas.” These are Latin phrases the reformers believed described the only things
necessary for salvation.

Sola Scriptura – “By Scripture Alone”
The Bible is the only inspired and authoritative Word of God, is the only source for
Christian doctrine, and is accessible to all — that is, it is clear and self-interpreting. (2
Timothy 3:16-17)

Sola Gratia – “By Grace Alone”
Salvation comes by God’s grace or “unmerited favor” only—not as something merited by
the sinner. This means that salvation is an unearned gift from God. (Romans 3:23-24)

Sola Fide – “By Faith Alone”
Justification for the sinner is only by faith alone, which is a gift of God, not by works, so
that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Solas Christus – “By Christ Alone”
Christ Jesus is the only mediator between God and man and salvation is by none other.
(Acts 4:12).

Sola Deo Gloria – “Glory to God Alone”
God is sovereign over all things, therefore, all glory is due to God alone, since salvation is
accomplished solely through his will and action—not only the gift of the all-sufficient
atonement of Jesus on the cross but also the gift of faith in that atonement, created in the
heart of the believer by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 11:36)