What We Believe

Greenwood Community Church, Presbyterian is a member congregation of the Confessing Church Movement of the PC(USA).

DSC_0159On June 21, 2001 the session of the Greenwood Community Church, Presbyterian of Warwick, Rhode Island joined the Confessing Church Movement of the PC(USA) in affirming:

  • That Jesus Christ alone is the Lord of all and the way of salvation.
  • That Holy Scripture is the triune God’s revealed Word, the Church’s only infallible rule of faith and life.
  • That God’s people are called to holiness in all aspects of life. This includes honoring the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, the only relationship within which sexual activity is appropriate.

We therefore announce our commitment to the Confessing Church Movement and we implore all Presbyterians who share these historic Christian convictions to:

  • Renew their individual commitments to the above confessions.
  • Urge their session and presbytery to affirm these confessions and to declare that they will not ordain, install or employ in any ministry position any person who will not affirm them.
  • Urge the General Assembly to instruct the General Assembly Council to uphold these confessions and insure that these confessions are followed faithfully in all programs and policies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

The session unanimously reaffirmed this commitment November 17, 2011 and again reaffirmed this commitment March 19, 2015.

Click here for statements/letter regarding June 19, 2014 actions of the General Assembly of the PC(USA).

Greenwood Community Church, Presbyterian is a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

 The following is from “Presbyterian 101”, which can be found at the main website for the PC(USA) 

Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him. Calvin did much of his writing from Geneva, Switzerland. From there, the Reformed movement spread to other parts of Europe and the British Isles. Many of the early Presbyterians in America came from England, Scotland and Ireland. The first American Presbytery was organized at Philadelphia in 1706. The first General Assembly was held in the same city in 1789. The first Assembly was convened by the Rev. John Witherspoon, the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence.

What is distinctive about the Presbyterian Church?

Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: they adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.

A little Presbyterian history

Portions of the Presbyterian church in the United States have separated from the main body, and some parts have reunited, several times. The greatest division occurred in 1861 during the American Civil War. The two branches created by that division were reunited in 1983 to form the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the largest Presbyterian group in this country. 

Presbyterian theological beliefs
Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. What they mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone’s job – ministers and lay people alike – to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity.

Greenwood Community Church, Presbyterian is a member of the Presbytery of Southern New England and the Synod of the Northeast.