What Awaits You at Grace OPC
Grace OPC is a faithful congregation of Gods people dedicated to worshipping God, making disciples and showing the love of Christ. Heres what awaits you at Grace OPC:
Commitment to Scripture alone. Pauls instruction to ministers was preach the word (2 Tim. 4:2). Thats what we endeavor to do at Grace OPC. The meat of the word of Godnot clever stories, current events analyses, book reviews or bland moral pep talks (be good, try harder).
Christ-centered. Christ in all his saving glory is the theme of all of Scripture. If a sermon doesnt point to Christ, it misses the point. And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself (Luke 24:27).
Unity of the Bible. The whole Bible is the word of God. There is both an Old and New Testament reading at every service, and the sermon shows the relationship between the two. Ministers are to preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27), not just a few pet doctrines.
The Bible is the only infallible rule of faith and practice. But what does it teach? Our Confession and Catechisms are our secondary standards. Ministers, ruling elders and deacons sincerely receive and adopt the Confession and Catechisms as their statement of faith. The church states its beliefs before all the world.
The gospel. The guilt and curse of sin passed upon the whole human race through Adams fall. No amount of human effort can save an undeserving sinner. But God sent his Son as the perfect Savior. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone (Eph. 2:8). If a church ceases to preach the gospel it becomes worse than worthlessa synagogue of Satan (Rev. 3:9).
Presbyterian polity. God requires submission to a plurality of elders. The Bible says not Obey him but Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves (Heb. 13:17). God never requires unconditional submission to any single individual except oneChrist! This is the truth that sets us free (John 8:36). Christ has no vicar on earth except his Holy Spirit (John 16:7). Jesus Christ is Lord (1 Tim. 6:15).
No man-made rules. God alone is Lord of the conscience, and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are, in anything, contrary to his Word; or beside it, if matters of faith, or worship (Confession of Faith 20.2). The church has no legislative authority. The believers liberty of conscience is cherished at Grace OPC.
God-centered, biblical worship. All the elements of worship must be appointed by God himself through express command or approved example. It is wrong for the church to subject Gods people to humanly-instituted worship practices: drama, movie clips, entertainment, applauding a performer, making the sign of the cross, praying to the saints, worshipping the communion elements, etc. True worship doesnt focus on our felt needs but on God.
Singing of the Psalter. The Psalter is the Bibles songbook. Gods word specifies: sing psalms to him (Ps. 105:2). All the Psalms are to be learned and sung, not just a few favorites (Col. 3:16). Grace OPC sings a balance of Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, using the new Trinity Psalter Hymnal.
Biblical church government. Members have recourse to the higher courts of the church: presbytery (1 Tim. 4:14) and general assembly (Acts 15). The pastor and elders are accountable, not independent (Eph. 5:21).
Connected. Grace OPC is a church connected to other churches of like faith and practice. There is no pattern in the Bible for independent churches. No private individual has authority to start a church. Only the church has authority to start churches. Our Lords prayer was that his people should be one, not splintered (John 17:22). We pray for the whole church, including home missions, foreign missions and the persecuted church.
Family-centered. There is no pattern in the word of God for age-segregated worship. Rather, all the people participatedmen, women and all that could hear with understanding (Neh. 8:2, 6). Families are encouraged to worship together. Children learn to worship by imitation.
Communion. The Lords supper is observed weekly. Only baptized, professing Christians who are members in good standing of a faithful church are invited to partake. God thus puts a difference between his people and the wicked (Ex. 11:7)a difference visible in this life and made permanent in eternity (Matt. 25:46).
Where else can you find all that? Come visit us at Grace OPC!