We believe in the faith as it is confessed in the historic creeds of the Church (Apostle’s, Nicene). There is one God, and this God is three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are the same in substance and equal in power and glory.
We believe that the Triune God has reveled himself and his will for us in the Word of God. The Bible tells us that we are created in God’s image, and made to bring him glory and fully enjoy him. This is what it means to be fully human, and fully alive. But we have rebelled against him, and because of that we live in a state of sin and misery, and deserving of God’s just punishment. But God, in his free mercy and grace, determined to save us from that sad state, through his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is fully God, and so he is able, in his power and fullness of life, accomplish what we could not. He is fully man, and so he is able to stand in our place, restoring us to be what we were meant to be. This is the Gospel! The good news that we have the forgiveness of our sins, a perfect relationship to God, and everything we need only in Jesus and because of him. What Jesus accomplished begins now, when we believe in him, and so the gospel makes a very real difference in our lives; but the full reality of what he accomplished will not be seen until he comes again.
A Reformed Church
We believe that this gospel is most clearly expressed in what is called the “Reformed” faith. To be a Reformed church means two things. First, it means that we believe that the faith as it is expressed in the confessions and time of the 16th and 17th century is most faithful to the biblical teaching. Second, we believe that, because we are still sinners, we must always be reforming our beliefs and lives according to Scripture.
A Confessing Church
The Bible is the standard and rule for our faith and practice. One of the best ways, and biblical ways that we enable the Bible to have that place is through confessions. Confessions are not viewed as equal with Scripture. Rather, they are an open statement and summary of what we believe the Bible says. The need for confessions and creeds does not come from the Bible, but from the nature of humans. It is not a question of God’s truth, but a question of our truth and apprehension of God’s truth. Further, confessions are a principle way that we love God and our neighbor. The church is the depository of truth (1 Tim. 3:15), and has a duty to God to confess to him that truth. We, through our confessions, say our Amen! to God as we echo to him what he has revealed, and confess through them that he is true. We also love our neighbor. The church has the function of teaching all that Christ has commanded (Matt. 28:18-20), and through our confessions we may do that openly. We leave no doubt and openly state, to ourselves and the world, what it is we believe. Through our confessions we let the Word of God run loose. They are a fence for the yard, outlining what we believe to be contrary to God’s revelation, and a warm light on the porch, inviting conversation and biblical reflection.
The Orthodox Presbyterian Church takes the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms as their own. If you would like to take a look visit opc.org/confessions.html