What We Believe

“The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart.”

- John Calvin

The following is the Statement of Faith of Redeemer Ventura County based on the foundational truths taught in the Bible. We are Reformed in our theology, and all of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flow out of these biblical doctrines. 

THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.

THE HOLY TRINITY

We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

THE FALL

We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.

SALVATION

We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.

COVENANT PROMISE

We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.

THE SECOND COMING

We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.

THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST

We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

As a church, we affirm the historic Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, and the summary of our beliefs is captured in the Westminster Confession of Faith. 

Redeemer is a member church in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).