Core BeliefsGranada's Beliefs
Granada Church, also known as Granada Presbyterian Church, is a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
What does this mean?
First, Granada Church has a Presbyterian form of government. The congregation has oversight from a body of elders elected to serve and lead them. These elders are elected from among the people of the congregation.
Second, Granada Church is part of a Presbyterian denomination, the PCA. The PCA has roots in historic Presbyterianism going back to the Reformation in Europe. Granada has been part of this denomination since it was founded in 1972.
What we Believe
We believe there is one God who lives in the community of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God has revealed His identity in the creation, in the Scriptures, and fully and completely by coming to us in human flesh.
God created everyone to share community with Him, but from the beginning the first man and woman chose to go their own way. Since that time, human beings have sought their way home to communion with God. No one can find their way back.
As human beings, our separation from God has led to all sorts of brokenness and sin. Sin is not limited to one people or race. Every person, the entire human family, is touched by sin’s influence and power and lives with the need for God, for healing and forgiveness.
Because God is loving and merciful, God has freely chosen to redeem sinful human beings from every nation and people. This work of redemption has been made possible through the death of Jesus on the cross and the resurrection. Jesus died for us to bring us to God.
Receiving this redemption is also not a human achievement. It is a gift of God made possible through the grace of God, God’s love freely given. Human beings only come to receive this grace by faith, trusting in what Jesus has done.
By nature, human beings do not trust God. The faith to receive God’s grace is itself the result of the Spirit’s work in their lives. As people place their trust in what Jesus has done for them, they are “born again,” that is, they receive new life and are adopted by God into His family.
Since the grace of God is freely given, it can never be lost. Those redeemed by Christ can never lose their place in God’s family. They will be with him forever.
Through this love of God, redeemed sinners are forever united to Christ, they receive his righteousness, and they become a new creation. The grace of God enables them to live a new life of love and service.
When those redeemed by Jesus die, they will be in the presence of God forever. Those not redeemed will be separated from God and His Kingdom.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are signs of the Kingdom of God. Baptism shows us what happens when the Spirit of God applies the grace of Jesus in the lives of people. The Lord’s Supper shows us our need to remember that our lives have come through the death of Jesus. It is a participation in Jesus Himself.
In fulfillment of the plan of God, the living Christ will one day return to earth, bring to fullness the plan of God for all creation, and fully establish His kingdom of love here on earth.
The message of the grace of God in Jesus is to be shared all over the world. Every person stands in need of forgiveness and grace from God. This task is the mission of those who belong to Christ.
Granada Church remains part of a larger community of churches committed to the Reformed faith. The fundamentals of this movement are a deep focus on Christ, salvation by grace alone, faithfulness to Scripture, and the glory of God.
About the PCA
The PCA is one of the faster-growing denominations in the United States, with over 2000 churches and missions throughout the USA and Canada. There are over 350,000 members in PCA churches.
The influence of the PCA extends far beyond the walls of its local churches. There are over 500 career missionaries in almost 60 nations of the world, and over 6500 short-term missionaries. PCA churches partner with others to support an additional 690 career missionaries, covering over 130 nations. There are more than 100 chaplains in the military, Veterans Administration, prisons, and hospitals, and 45 college and university campus ministers.
The Gospel is proclaimed to a rather large audience around the world through these and other outreach channels. Because of the emphasis on education, there are many members of the PCA who are teachers and professors at all levels, including a significant number of large universities and theological seminaries. The PCA has one accredited college, Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and one seminary, Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.