Beliefs

Carlisle Reformed Presbyterian Church is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America, a denomination which stands in the ancient heritage of true-to-the-Bible theology. We earnestly strive to follow Christ and His apostles. We are also a member of the Susquehanna Valley Presbytery.

Our Mission Statement:

  • We exist to glorify and enjoy the triune God of Scripture through worship, nurture and witness.
  • We worship God corporately, privately, and in all of life.
  • We nurture growth in Christ, in ourselves, and in each other.
  • We witness by reflecting and proclaiming Christ in our community and around the world.

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

At Carlisle Reformed Presbyterian Church, there are many ministries, opportunities and activities whose purpose is to help Christians grow in their faith and knowledge of God. There is the preaching of the Word and the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Worship services are conducted in both the morning and evening. Other activities and programs are described on our Ministries page. One gets the impression that many things are going on at CRPC.

However, the most important aspect of our work is summed up in the words of our Savior as indicated above. Most people in this world go through life seeking the “abundant life” but never find it. They pursue money, homes, cars, career advancement, fame and fortune and sometimes even the possession of a loving family. All these, hopefully, will lead to fulfillment and purpose in life. Sadly, they lead to only a temporary fulfillment at best, and an ever-present emptiness in all cases. Some people pursue man-made religions seeking inner peace and the answers to why we exist and what is our purpose.

In spite of all this effort, Jesus says that only in Him can we find meaning and purpose, and the abundant life we all seek.

Why is it that Jesus is the only hope for mankind? The answer lies in the holiness of God. The Scripture makes it clear that God is a holy God and cannot dwell in the presence of sin. As a Holy and Just Creator, He must punish our sins. But God is also a loving God Who also says He doesn’t want to punish us. A substitute had to be provided who would be able to take our place. Yet, the substitute had to meet all the requirements of God’s Law and live a sinless life – one that would be pleasing to God.

Only Jesus could, and did, fulfill these requirements. His atoning death on the cross at Calvary, 2000 years ago, was substitutionary in nature. When He hung there and died, He was taking our place. Through Christ, we are reconciled to God. Christ bore our punishment, while we who trust in Him and His work on our behalf receive joy, peace, and reconciliation with God. We receive the gift of eternal life and are adopted into the Family of God, His Church.

Are you trusting in your own efforts to please God and maybe hope it will be enough to atone for your sins? It is not enough! You must be perfect and only Jesus was. Abandon all hope in your own effort and put your trust, wholly and completely in Jesus Christ alone. You will then find your purpose in life and peace as you serve the One who bought you from slavery to sin and has given you life and that most abundantly.