Presbyterian “Buzz Words”

The following ideas have been an important part of Presbyterian history, beliefs and practice since the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century.

Grace – God loves humanity and there is nothing we can do to change that fact. God’s love for and commitment to humanity cannot be earned by our good deeds nor diminished by our sinfulness.

Gratitude – In response to God’s grace, we live as thankful and grace-full people. ¬†Gratitude is the foundation of our worship, morality, ethics and service.

Community – Christianity is not a religion of individualists. Christians live out their faith in community, both the community called Church as well as in the wider world community.

Humility – No one person or group has all the answers, including Presbyterians. We respect, listen and learn from each other.

Stewardship – All that we have and are belongs to God. God “gives” each of us gifts and entrusts us to use what has been loaned to us for the common good.

Kingdom of God – The kingdom of God is not about getting to heaven. God’s kingdom is found wherever God’s loving will is practiced. When we pray: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” we are committing ourselves to work for God’s loving will in the here and now.