What We Believe
In this modern world in which we live, many of us are alarmed at what seems to be an unstoppable decline in morality and values. There are even some mainstream Christian denominations that are abandoning the beliefs they once held in God and Scripture.
Countryside Presbyterian Church of Cameron, North Carolina was established in 1987 on the fundamental truths of Scripture.
We Still Believe: The Lord, our God, is one God, eternal and self existing, Triune in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. His Word, given to us through the prophets and apostles, contained in the Old and New Testaments, is Divinely inspired, inerrant and infallible.
We believe that all mankind is born in sin, after the failure of our father, Adam, and is incapable of making any reconciliation with God by personal effort.
We believe that Salvation is acquired only by faith in the grace of God as it is offered to us through the obedient sinless life and atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
We believe that after His death on the cross, He arose bodily from the grave, and is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father.
We believe that Jesus Christ is King, Head and Ruler of the Church, His Bride, and the Church is the representation of His Kingdom on earth.
Since He is King and Ruler,
We believe that He has authorized, established and ordained a system of government that He expects us to maintain and respect. We do not consider ourselves any better than anyone else. Our place in the Universal Church is signified by the form of church government that we respect.
We believe that: The word "Presbyterian” comes from the New Testament Greek word presbuteros (pres-byoo-ter-os). It simply means "elder” and we believe that the New Testament model for church government is a government of elder rule.
We respect the authority of three offices; two ruling offices (elders) and one office of service (deacons). Ruling offices consist of the teaching elder, or the pastor, and ruling elders, who are elected from the membership and serve as lay ministers within the church.
The Deacon’s office of service has its scriptural authority derived from Acts chapter 6. While it is an office of mercy and service, we still consider it a spiritual service.
This leadership structure is beneficial because its very nature provides higher accountability. There isn’t one person calling all the shots. This also provides places within ministry where, as sincere disciples learn and grow, they may gain experience in serving their Lord.