We believe that God made us for himself. He created us in his image in the sense that we are moral beings with a conscience, which knows right from wrong. In addition, we were made to love God and others, and we were endowed with the freedom to act. God unconditionally loves us regardless of who we are or what we’ve done, but all of us have given in to our “sinful” nature and have wandered away from God. So, we have separated ourselves from the one who loves us.
Our unhappiness and lack of inner peace are a by-product of this sin, but God in his mercy comes to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, who came to earth to show us God’s love. We know Jesus was both divine and human. His divinity was manifest in his close fellowship with God the Father while on earth: by the performing of miracles, and by his teaching of the Kingdom of God. His humanity was manifest in his temptations, suffering, and death.
On the cross, each of us beholds the Jesus who pays the penalty for our sins, and we receive the forgiveness of God for all we have ever done wrong. Freed from the penalty of sin which is eternal death, we are raised to new life in Christ and are given the gift of eternal life in heaven when we die. We believe that Christ was raised bodily on Easter as God’s confirmation that Jesus was who he said he was, the Son of God and the Savior of sinners. Christ’s resurrection shows God is stronger than death, and Christ’s resurrection is the promise that all believers will be raised to newness of life when we die.
Even more, when we believe in Christ as our Savior, we are given his indwelling power to make us new people who now live for God and serve him gladly. Our lives become a blessing as we do God’s work in the world: sharing the Good News of his love with others; inviting them into his family of faith, the Church; striving for justice for all; compassionately caring for others; and walking humbly with God. Our lives are lived in daily gratitude for the grace of God.
Christ will come again at the end of time in accordance with Biblical prophecy. All will behold him and bow the knee. There will be a final judgment. The “new heaven” and the “new earth” will come to pass. Believers will enter into the presence of the Lord.
Hyde Park Presbyterian Church Mission Statement:
“To experience Christ, boldly make him known, and to glorify him by reflecting his love and character through service.”