What Do We Believe?

  • At CVPC we stand together in increasing wonder at the amazing love of the Father who rejoices to love sinners and make them his own by the gift of his Son's perfect life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection.
  • At CVPC we believe the Scriptures are the inspired, and so, inerrant and infallible, clear and sufficient (and so without error) record of God's revelation of himself by his mighty acts in human history, not the least of which is the original revelation and plenary generational preservation of the Word itself.  As such, they represent the supreme and final authority for our faith and practice, directing us in all matters regarding doctrine, church practice, counseling and individual behavior.  The Scriptures were written by divinely inspired humans and are God's revelation of Himself to everyone. (Exodus 24:4;Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
  • By his mighty acts in human history, including the Word he spoke, God reveals the holy and righteous patterns, principles, and priorities of his character as he intends it to be cultivated and expressed among his people, for the benefit of all the nations to the ends of the world.  These patterns, principles, and priorities are referred to variously throughout Scripture as the Law, the Prophets, and the Apostles and come to their fullest expression in the person, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
  • A faithful (but by no means exhaustive) summary of this revelation and some of its implications for life in the world can be found in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms (as well as other documents of the reformed tradition); guidelines and principles for how this revelation ought normally to shape and guide the life and ministry of the Church of Jesus Christ can be found in the PCA's Book of Church Order.
  • Therefore, the Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God speaks with clarity, sufficiency and final authority concerning the Truth, Morality, and Conduct properly expected of mankind who has been created in the image of God.  We further believe that the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms is a faithful, though not exhaustive, summary of the Scripture's teaching.  Therefore, for the purposes of Chattanooga Valley PCA's faith, doctrine, practice, policy and discipline, our leadership's (consisting of Pastors, Elders, Deacons, and Women's Leadership Team) final interpretive authority on the Bible's meaning and application can be found in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms and the principles of polity to which we believe Scripture binds us can be found in the PCA's Book of Church Order.
  • At CVPC we believe that the risen Christ, by his Spirit, gathers each person into particular local fellowships for particular seasons for his particular purposes.  And those gathered, we believe, are gifted for the particular work to which he is calling the congregation