Truths We Believe

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”

St. Augustine


Sound Doctrine

Kirk of the Way is a Vanguard Presbyterian Church that is:
Conservative in her Scriptural interpretation,
Reformed in her doctrine,
Evangelistic in her activities.

Below is a brief summary of sound doctrine distilled from Scripture and consistent with the Westminster Standards.  

These are the truths that we teach and teach from.  

We hope and trust that you will come
to love God through them as much as we do.


The Name Yahweh tells us that God has always been, is, and always will be.  He exists in immutable perfection.  He is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, love, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, mercy, goodness, and truth.  He has eternally existed as one Being in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  

These three Persons each have a role in redemption: the Father chooses His elect for His Son as well as sends His Son and His Spirit.  The Son is sent to be the wrath-absorber on behalf of all whom the Father has chosen to believe in Himself.  The Father and the Son send the Holy Spirit to give life and holiness so that all whom the Father has chosen to believe may believe and walk in increasing obedience.

He is the creator of all that has been made--both visible and invisible--and is therefore worthy of all glory, laud, honor, submission, and praise.

scripture and creation

The Scripture which is contained in the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament are holy, inspired, infallible, and inerrant because they are the very words of God Who Himself is all these things, and He reveals Himself to us on every page, down to the letter, just as Jesus told us.  Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God, sealing unto all who believe His character of steadfast love, holiness, and glory.

God reveals Himself to us through His creation, which is also called general revelation.  He accomplished this creation through His powerful word in the space of six days, for there is nothing impossible with God, and His divine power is revealed in all that He has made.


Human beings, both male and female, were created in God's image for His glory.  God's first image bearers, Adam and Eve, were created without sin and appointed as vice regents of the earth.  With our first parents, God cut a covenant in which He promised life for obedience and death for disobedience.

The Fall

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God's clear command not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they broke covenant with God.  This caused them and all who descend from them by ordinary generation to be in need of a Mediator to take upon Himself the death that our sin deserves in order for us to have His eternal life and righteousness.


About 4,000 years later, Jesus Christ came to provide the only atoning, propitiating, and expiating death necessary to reconcile with the Father all who believe in Christ alone for their salvation.  He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to receive what was justly due for our transgressions: death.  On the third day, God raised him from the dead, vindicating Him as the only one worthy to intercede before God on behalf of all who believe in Him.  This reconciliation with God and salvation by God is by grace alone since there is nothing we can ever do to deserve or earn God's favor.  All who believe in Christ alone for their right standing before God receive the free gift of eternal life.

ordo salutis - the order of salvation

Foreknowledge - God has always known whom He has chosen.
Predestination - All are prepared either to hate or to love God forever.
Election - Some are chosen to be forgiven and to be loved by God.
Calling - In time and space, believers are effectually called to life in Christ through the Word out of the death of sin.
Regeneration - In order to believe, one must first be made alive.
Faith - Once made alive, trust in and love for Christ immediately flow.
Repentance - Rebellion is laid aside for glad submission.
Justification - God declares us just in His sight only with the righteousness of Christ received by faith alone.
Adoption - We are adopted as sons and daughters into God's family.
Sanctification - We are set apart and made holy by the Holy Spirit.
Perseverance - God keeps all His saints from falling away.
Glorification - All whom God justifies He also glorifies with Himself.

The Church

The Church is the visible body of Christ, called to gather together in worship of God alone.  We are then sent into the world to glorify and enjoy God by living and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God that God is reconciling all who believe throughout the world to Himself in Jesus Christ.


Just as Christ in His human nature was raised to eternal life on the third day from His crucifixion and death, so all who are in Him will be raised to eternal life.  One day soon (we know not when), Christ will return to judge both the living and the dead.  On that day, He will justly separate all those who believe in Him from those who do not.  All unbelievers--sadly--will be sent to everlasting torment, and all believers will rise to eternal life and glory together with God for all eternity.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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