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"I AM NOT OUT OF MY MIND...BUT AM SPEAKING TRUE AND RATIONAL WORDS" - ACTS 26:24
Truth is not irrelevant, but a vital aspect of our faith. We believe truth to be fully revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. Parkside embraces the coherent, historic, Christian faith that flows from the authority of the Bible, and has been handed down since the early days of the church. We believe this faith is best expressed in the orthodox creeds of the Church, including the Apostles' Creed and Nicene Creed, as well as the summary of biblical truth found in the Westminster Confession of Faith.
"FOR YOU, O LORD, ARE GOOD AND FORGIVING, ABOUNDING IN STEADFAST LOVE TO ALL WHO CALL UPON YOU" - PSALM 86:5
God's goodness and grace is central to everything we do. Parkside is driven to praise God for his cosmic rescue plan to save a people for himself and redeem the world. Jesus, the eternal God, became human, lived perfectly, died willingly, and is raised to life in glory. His death and resurrection guarantees our inheritance of everlasting life when we are united to him in faith. Therefore, we find our identity in God's goodness and not in our religious performance.
"SPLENDOR AND MAJESTY ARE BEFORE HIM; STRENGTH AND BEAUTY ARE IN HIS SANCTUARY" - PSALM 96:6
We honor God when we make things beautiful. Beauty is God's gift to us. We strive to worship and express our faith in beautiful, God-honoring ways. Through the drama of the liturgy we rehearse the story of our fall and God's plan of our gracious redemption every Sunday. Through the music of old and modern hymns we sing of the beauty of our salvation in Jesus. It is our goal in all we do, to express the complexity and experiential nature of our faith in artistic ways.
Parkside is a congregation within a greater network of churches in Southern California called the South Coast Presbytery. This means that we are supported and held accountable by other churches and pastors within the denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). God’s renewal of communities is always bigger than a single congregation. Our hope is to fill our role, whatever it may be, in the bigger whole – to be one church among many “in the city, for the city.”