Our Beliefs

First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church in Puyallup is a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and holds to the following truths:

In the Trinity:

  • God is the creator of the universe.
  • Christ is the incarnation of God on earth.
  • The Holy Spirit is the presence of God in the world and in the believer.

The Way of Salvation is in Jesus Christ:

  • God sent his son that the world might be saved through him.
  • Christ’s death was offered as sacrifice for our sins. His resurrection shows the power of God over sin and death.
  • Whoever believes in Jesus as Savior and Lord receives the gift of eternal life that begins now.
  • Sin is forgiven in Christ and life is renewed in him.
  • God grants the gift of grace, which enables us to gain the faith necessary to believe and live a new life.

The Road Map to Life in Christ is found in the Bible:

  • The Bible is the authority for life and practice.
  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God.
  • The Bible IS the Word of God.
  • The Bible is meant to be studied, read devotionally, and used in worship of God by individuals and the Church.

The Church is the “Body of Christ” here on Earth:

  • The Church is for everyone.
  • The Church offers a community of believers who help one another grow in Christ.
  • Preaching, teaching, mission, and community are found in the Church.
  • The two sacraments of Baptism and Communion are administered in the Church body.

Presbyterians Govern Themselves by:

  • A representative, democratic form of government.
  • The session is the elected governing body that oversees the business of the Church.
  • Elders are members of the session.
  • Deacons oversee the caring ministries of the Church.