Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Our Church Home.... Westminster OPC

Scripture alone, Grace alone, Faith alone, Christ alone, All to God's Glory alone.

What is our church like?

1- Westminster belongs to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church which began in 1936 as a conservative body which left the liberal Presbyterian Church of the USA.

2- Our beliefs, practices, and vision are drawn from our theological convictions which are rooted in the Holy Scriptures and formulated in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. Here is found historic Reformed theology which emphasizes the awesome sovereignty of God and the centrality of the covenant of grace.

3- Our manner of weekly worship, because informed by God's holiness and majesty, is intentionally "reverent". Central to our worship is the preaching of the Word and thus the Gospel of our salvation which builds us up and binds us to the Redeemer.

4- Our vision of the church, as informed by Scripture, is a colony of heaven on earth. Our lives are hidden with God in Christ constituting us a pilgrim people, resident aliens, whose true citizenship is in heaven from where we eagerly await a Savior. On Sunday, the day Christ arose, the church in its corporate assembly expresses its deepest identity as belonging to the new creation. Here she listens to her Lord's voice and enjoys communion with Him in heaven, who is the resurrection and the life.

5- Westminster has nothing new or novel to offer. We don't specialize in "helpful hints for the hurting" or "practical principles for relevant living", or "concepts for capturing the culture". Rather we are informed by an older vintage of Christianity which focuses on gathering at the footstool of a holy and sovereign God through Jesus Christ by His Word. Strangely we are finding that these older more substantive paths lead to the refreshment and refurbishing of our souls for the journey to the heavenly city.

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