Our Doctrine and Distinctives

Christ the Redeemer is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in American (PCA) denomination.  More information about the PCA can be found here.  We are a member of the Heartland Presbytery, and the Kansas City Alliance of Reformed Churches (KCARC).

ReformationsdenkmalGenf1Christ the Redeemer is an evangelical church in the sense that we believe the Bible is God’s inerrant, inspired, and authoritative Word, and that faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation.  We are strongly committed to the Great Commission. 

Christ the Redeemer is a reformed church in that the roots of our rich theological and ecclesiastical heritage can be traced to the rekindling of biblical faithfulness God brought about during the Protestant Reformation.  The doctrines of grace are beloved to us.  We affirm the five ‘solas’ (‘alone’ or ‘only’ in Latin) of the Reformation:  

  • Sola Scriptura: “By Scripture Alone”
    The Bible is the only measure and ultimate authority for all matters of faith and life.
  • Solus Christus: “By Christ Alone”
    Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. The only way of salvation.
  • Sola Gratia: “By Grace Alone”
    Grace is the only method of divine salvation–we cannot save ourselves.
  • Sola Fide: “By Faith Alone”
    Faith is the only means by which the righteousness of Christ is imputed.
  • Soli Deo Gloria: “To God Alone be the Glory”
    God’s glory is the chief end of man and the motivation for living.

Christ the Redeemer is a confessional church.  While we are a newer church, we are anchored in the tradition of the ancient faith that was revealed in the Old and New Testaments.  Along with Christians through the ages we believe that creeds including the historic Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed provide foundational summaries of our beliefs.  We affirm the Westminster Standards as an excellent representation of the Bible’s core teachings, having served as a doctrinal standard for orthodox believers since the 17th century.   

A full statement of Christ the Redeemer’s doctrinal commitments can be found in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.