Below is our statement of faith. These are the core beliefs at Mount Olivet Presbyterian Church.
1. We believe there is one God and Father who has created us in love and strengthens us in life. God is perfect in all His ways and lives in three persons as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our greatest purposes in life are to praise God and find our truest pleasure in our relationship with Him.
2. Jesus Christ became human through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Jesus is both true God and true human, united in one Person forever. He gave His life in love and died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. On the third day He arose from the dead, ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of God the Father, He rules in glory and power. He will come again visibly and bodily to consummate all history and take us Home. We have the opportunity to live in a personal relationship with Christ by responding in personal faith to Him as our Savior and Lord. This begins a lifetime of walking with God, walking in His love, and walking with others in the same kind of love, humility, and service He has shown us.
3. The Holy Spirit is the presence of Christ here on earth. He is God and has come to glorify Christ and to call people into a relationship with God. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. When we begin this relationship with God, His Spirit comes and resides in our hearts and is always with us. He then daily fills us so that we have power to walk with Him in love and obedience. His Spirit gives us spiritual gifts so that we can serve others. His Spirit comforts us in struggles, gives us guidance in life, shows us when we sin and need to come back into fellowship with God, and gives us strength to follow and live out His purposes for us.
4. Scripture is God’s Word which is completely true and helps us to know God. In the Bible, God reveals who He is, how we can begin a relationship with Him, how to grow in our faith, and how to live in this world as we relate with love towards others.
5. Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
6. The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible yet imperfect expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity, where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting she awaits the return of her Lord.
7. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth personally, visibly, and bodily—to establish His Kingdom, judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
8. It is our joyful call to share with others this news of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and love. This message, called the Gospel, has the power to draw people into a living relationship with God and to change their lives while giving them a purpose to live that is larger than themselves. We have this call to share Christ with our families, our neighbors, and to the rest of the world until all hear God’s story.