R. Cameron Malcolm IV, Pastor
Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church
Church Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm
Our Presbyterian church comes out of the Reformed Tradition and as such have beliefs that grew out of the Protestant Reformation from the Catholic Church. These fundamental beliefs are the basic pillars of our faith and essential to our Christian belief and practice. One of these doctrines that refers to the Bible is known as Sola Scriptura. This phrase is Latin with "Sola" meaning alone or only and "Scriptura" referring to the scriptures of the Bible. So together, Sola Scriptura means that the Bible alone is the only inspired, perfect, sufficient and authoritative Word of God. It is the only source for Christian doctrine.
The origin of the Bible is God. It is a historical book that is backed by archeology, and a prophetic book that has lived up to all of its claims. The Bible is God's letter to humanity collected into 66 books written by 40 divinely inspired writers over a period of over 1,600 years. The claim of divine inspiration may seem dramatic (or unrealistic to some), but a careful and honest study of the biblical scriptures will show them to be true. Powerfully, the Bible validates its divine authorship through fulfilled prophecies. An astonishing 668 prophecies have been fulfilled and none have ever been proven false. God decided to use prophecy as His primary test of divine authorship, and an honest study of biblical prophecy will compellingly show the supernatural origin of the Bible.
Statement of Faith
The Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church is a body of communicants in Christ. We exist in order to be the instrument of God's work; to minister to the needs of those in our church body and the community; to provide a refuge and sanctuary where Christians can assemble and commune; to provide an opportunity for the hearing and knowing of the word for Christian nurture; to observe the sacraments and to obey the command of discipleship in spreading the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ in our local and world mission.
Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct: The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of the Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, Rev. Cam Malcolm and the NHPC Board of Session are the Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
The Five Solas
The “Five Solas” emerged during the Protestant Reformation as Latin phrases meant to summarize the Reformers’ fundamental theological beliefs, as distinct from those of the Roman Catholic church. The Latin word “sola” means “alone” or “only,” and the “Five Solas,” taken together, articulated the basic pillars of faith the Protestant Reformers believed were essential to Christian belief and practice.
Deriving from the Reformed Tradition, the Presbyterian denomination is grounded in these “Five Solas”, which find their expression in the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Book of Confessions.
1. The Person and Work of Jesus Christ: “Solus Christus” – by Christ Alone
2. The Authority of Scripture: “Sola Scriptura” – by Scripture Alone
3. Salvation: “Sola Gratia” – by Grace Alone and 4. “Sola Fide” – by Faith Alone
5. Everything for God’s Glory: “Soli Deo Gloria” – Glory to God Alone
Conclusion: Consequences of Surrendering Truth
Reformed faith admonishes us of our obligation to search the word of God prayerfully in order to discern His truth. This truth is immutable, universally-applicable (the term here is “ontological”), and readily discernable (a concept Luther termed “perspicuous”). Contrary to the postmodern claim that truth is elusive and that ambiguity is to be celebrated, God presents in His word a truth which is designed to serve as an unchanging guide through the shifting beliefs of culture. Furthermore, it tells us that one day Christ will return to judge both the living and the dead based on our response to the truth He reveals in Scripture. We as disciples of Jesus Christ are therefore called to discern this truth and proclaim it throughout the world.