WHAT WE BELIEVE?
We believe in one God who is eternal and exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the Creator of the world and all that is in it. Though he is not a part of creation, his fingerprints are all over it, much like an architect’s personality is found in the buildings he designs.
Human beings are a special creation of God. We are made to represent God to the rest of creation and are endowed with unique qualities that reflect God’s character.
But from the beginning, the first man and woman chose their own interests and went their own way. The result was broken relationships within the human family, and between the human family and the rest of creation. But more importantly, it alienated us from God, the source of all life. Now, by nature, all people experience this brokenness and sin in every area of our lives—no exceptions.
But God loved his creation and human beings so much that he has freely chosen to redeem humans from every tribe, nation, and tongue. This redemption is made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Son of God made flesh, became like us in every way, except for sin. Because he loved us, he chose to die in our place, to receive the penalty that we deserved for our sin. And through faith in him, we receive his record of righteousness before God.
We receive this redemption when we put our faith in Christ. This is the point at which we are “born again,” adopted into God’s family through new spiritual life.
Because we receive our salvation by grace through faith—a gift—we can never lose it. We are forever united to Christ and it’s through his love and power that we live new lives of love and service. When we die, we go into God’s presence.
According to his plan, Jesus will one day return to complete the work of establishing the rule of God on all the earth. On that day, those who have accepted God’s offer of salvation will be pardoned of their sin and judged according to Christ’s righteousness, while those who have rejected God’s offer of salvation will be judged according to their sin.
God’s offer of forgiveness for sins in Jesus Christ is to be taken all over the world and to all peoples — regardless of race, nationality, language, class, or any other human marker. All people need forgiveness and grace.
Woodland Church is an Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
What does that mean?
Evangelical means that we are dedicated to the historic Christian faith as expressed in the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. We believe that the Bible is the word of God and that it reveals the truth about who God is, who we are, and what the world is like.
Presbyterian describes our form of government. Our people elect members of the body to be elders who serve and lead the church.
We are a part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), a denomination connected to historic presbyterianism. We are a part of the larger body of reformed churches that share a common set of doctrinal standards called the Westminster Standards.