What We Believe
The holy scriptures are the authoritative guide for Christian living. The holy scriptures are the 66 books contained in the Old and New Testaments. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church considers itself to be part of the Holy Universal Church, consisting of all who have made a covenant with God through Jesus Christ.
The Sacraments are celebrations of the covenant in which Christ is present and active. We accept two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
The elements of water, fruit of the vine, and the bread are only signs and symbols, and remain what they are. The Sacraments are not essential to salvation, but are necessary means of grace. They are central to Christian worship. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated often, but not every Sunday. All believers are welcome to the table.
Baptism symbolizes the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It marks membership in the church. It is administered to infants whose parents are members of the covenant community. It is also administered to those who affirm personal faith in Jesus Christ and have not received the sacrament. Pouring and sprinkling are generally accepted modes of baptism. However, we do accept the baptism of those who have been immersed.
We do not believe in the natural immortality of the soul. Eternal life is a gift from God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. We are raised with him through our conversation. Eternal life is a living relationship with God. (John 17:3)
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church accepts what the Bible says about heaven and hell, even though the Confession of Faith speaks briefly about them.