Chapter 1 - General Provisions

[Article 1]  Name

This church shall be called Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in San Jose (“hereinafter EPC”).

[Article 2]  Creed (Statement of Faith)

EPC accepts the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms as guidance for faith and living. We seek to adhere to the standards of church governance, worship, and the ordinance of discipline as provided by the laws of the Presbytery to which EPC belongs. We believe that the following statements of faith are in accordance to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God, and hereby adopt them as EPC’s Creed:


  1. We believe that the Old and New Testaments are the infallible Word of God written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and are the only authority for our faith and life.

  2. We believe that God the Father, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are one in essence, equal in glory and power.

  3. We believe that from the time of our forefather Adam all men have sinned against God, and that God has given His Son, Jesus Christ, as our only Savior and Lord.

  4. We believe that God gifts our salvation unto us by His grace through faith.

  5. We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the church, and that the church’s mission is to save lost souls.

  6. We acknowledge the leading role of the Holy Spirit in the preaching of the gospel and in the ministry of the church

  7. We believe in the historical and bodily death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  8. We faithfully enforce Baptism and Holy Communion as the sacraments instituted by Christ.

  9. We believe that marriage consists of a holy union between one man and one woman, and that it represents the relationship between Jesus Christ and the Church.

  10. We believe that it is the duty of all believers to gather in congregational worship, to pray constantly, to participate in the sacraments, to engage in fellowship with the saints, to give thanks for God’s grace, to give offerings, to participate wholeheartedly in saving lost souls, and to await the glorious second coming of Jesus Christ.

  11. While we do not know when Jesus will come again, we will pray and eagerly await Jesus Christ’s imminent advent.

  12. We believe that all humanity will be resurrected and stand before Christ’s judgment on the last day, and that those who have obeyed Him in faith will enter God’s heavenly kingdom, while those who continue to disobey in their sin will receive a just judgment commensurate to their offence.