| About the Orthodox
We are members of the Orthodox
Presbyterian Church. Our purpose is simple:
to bring glory to God through our
churches and individual lives
to make known to the world the good news
of salvation through Jesus Christ
Committed to God
We are called to demonstrate the love of
God and the relevance of Christ's message of deliverance to a society
that is weary of sin, hollow materialism, and shattered relationships.
We enjoy meeting together as God calls
us to worthip Him - our Creator and Redeemer. God's people adore him,
bring him thanks, ask for his help, and receive the blessing of his
presence. Through the preaching of the gospel, God announces his saving
acts and calls people to believing and obedient response to his Word.
Through faithful teaching, our members
grow spiritually. We seek to obey God's laws because such obedience
pleases him. So we not only embrace the teaching of God's Word, but
also strive to demonstrate its application in our lives.
Our churches care about people. We show
concern for the poor and for victims of such catastrophes as famines
and earthquakes. We'll show you this love and concern as you involve
yourself with us. Our goal and purpose can be summed up in the motto of
one of our congregations, "Preaching all of God's Word; sharing all of
Grounded in Scripture
Our modern age has witnessed the
progressive rejection of authority. God's Word, the Bible, has not been
spared. However, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church believes that the
Bible is the authoritative Word of God, the only infallible rule for
our faith and conduct.
We believe that the Bible alone gives us
the correct knowledge of who God is and how we may please him. It
teaches that God the Father gave up his Son Jesus Christ to death on
the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of his people. We want to
share with you the joy that comes from a personal relationship with God
through Jesus Christ.
Presbyterian in Character
From the time of Abraham in the Old
Testament, God's church has been led by wise elders, men gifted by God
and called to govern his church. The word presbyterian comes from the
New Testament Greek word presbyteros, meaning "elder." The Orthodox
Presbyterian Church has followed this biblical pattern for church
government. Local church elders, along with the pastor, form a
"session" to care for the spiritual welfare of our members. Matters of
common concern for churches in a given region, such as establishing new
congregations and ordaining ministers, are regulated by a body of
ministers and elders called a "presbytery." Annually, representatives
of our sixteen presbyteries form a "general assembly" to give the whole
Church direction and advice.
Why the Name "Orthodox"? Everyone knows
that an orthodontist is concerned about straight teeth. The "ortho" in
orthodontist comes from the Greek word for "straight." The "dox" in
orthodox comes from the Greek word for "thinking." So, in an Orthodox
Presbyterian church you will find straight teaching following the
long-accepted pattern given in the Bible. We are a church that believes
what the Bible says, and we try to put it into practice.
Take the Next Step
If you're looking for a church that . . .
honors God as the sovereign Lord of the
preaches Christ as the Son of God who
died for sinners
lives by the life-giving power of the
insists upon the absolute authority of
. . we invite you to join us in glorifying God through worship,
work, and witness at Christ Orthodox Presbyterian Church!