About Us

What We Believe

While this is not an exhaustive list, these sum up rather well what is important for anyone who is a Christian to believe:

  1. There is one God who eternally exists in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  2. In the verbal inspiration and complete authority of the Bible, therefore, it is without error. It is the Word of God and our only perfect rule for faith and practice
  3. That because of the sin of Adam, death came to all people, both physical and spiritual. We all have completely fallen short of the glory of God
  4. That Jesus Christ is both God and man, that He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, allowed Himself to be crucified on the cross where He shed His holy blood, that He died and was buried, that on the third day He rose bodily from the dead, and that He ascended back into His glory where He reigns as Lord and King, Head over the Church, His body
  5. That Jesus Christ, by His death on the cross, paid the full penalty for the sins of His people and by His bodily resurrection purchased and secured salvation for them.
  6. That salvation is a free gift, by grace through faith alone, and that salvation leads to good works.
  7. That the Holy Spirit convicts one of sin, gives the new birth by faith and repentance, gives assurance of salvation, indwells the believer and enables the believer to live a godly life.
  8. In the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to receive His church to Himself, that the believer will reign with Him forever, but the unbeliever will be separated from God forever in hell and everlasting torment.
  9. That the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms contain the best explanations of Biblical teaching.

 

What's an ARP?

We are a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, a conservative denomination that is located primarily in the southeastern United States, but stretches from New York and Canada to Texas. We also have a missionary presence in Pakistan, Turkey, and Europe (Wales, Germany, Spain, Lithuania).

We are a part of NAPARC (the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council), and enjoy fraternal relations with other conservative Presbyterian denominations, such as the PCA, OPC, and RPCNA.

Our confessional standard is the Westminster Confession of Faith, along with the Westminster Shorter Catechism and Larger Catechism. You may also be interested to read our Directory of Public Worship.

"Associate Reformed Presbyterian" is a lengthy name that serves as a firm reminder of our denomination's rich historical heritage.  We are a combination of "Associate" (Seceder)  and "Reformed" (Covenanter) churches that merged in the late 18th century in America. The name emphasis the two twin concerns of the ARP Church which continue today: The Free Offer of the Gospel and the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all things. It is by faithfullly remembering our past that we are able to stand firm against the shifting winds of modern culture that more often than not has too much of an influence on the modern church. To put it more simply: we seek to do all things for the glory of Christ and according to His word for the proclamation of His gospel.

Our founding fathers cared a great deal about evangelism and emphasized the ordinary means of grace within the church: heartfelt prayers, powerful preaching of the Word, meaningful celebration of the Lord's Supper and baptism, and teaching youth and new believers the full message of the gospel set forth in the Old and New Testaments of Holy Scripture. We continue these traditions and look to the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms as excellent summaries and teaching tools.

 

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