What is the Orthodox Presbyterian Church?
The Orthodox Presbyterian Church was founded as a denomination in 1936 and has congregations throughout the United States and mission works in eleven other countries. The term "Orthodox" refers to the historically received teaching of the Church. We are unreservedly committed to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the divinely inspired, inerrant Word of God. We accept them as the only infallible rule of faith and life.
Our beliefs are given officially and more fully in The Westminster Confession of Faith, The Larger Catechism, and The Shorter Catechism. These are wonderful tools for studying the Bible and learning about the reformed faith.
The term "Presbyterian" in our name, refers to the method of church government. Presbyters, commonly called "elders," are church officers who have been called by God and chosen by the members of the church to govern it through a series of assemblies which start at the local congregational level and continue through regional and national levels.
The Orthodox Presbyterian Church believes, in broad summary:
• in the one sovereign God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
• that God directly created mankind as a unique being, in communion with God
• that mankind broke communion by sinning against God, and earned eternal punishment
• that in grace God responded to that sin by establishing a covenant to send his Son, Jesus Christ, to save His people from their sin
• that Jesus came, died in the place of sinners, and earned eternal life for all who believe in Him
• that He called all men to repent of their sin and to believe in Him
• that Jesus was resurrected to life, ascended into heaven, and will come again in glory to judge the world and receive into God's presence forever all who have believed in Him