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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. As the Apostle writes in 2 Tim 1:13: Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. We are a church that believes what the Bible says, and we try to put it into practice.

Government. 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.

God-Centered

We believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord. We believe in the virgin birth, by which Jesus came to earth to offer himself as the perfect substitute for sinners. He was crucified and died, but was resurrected and ascended into heaven. We, also believe that the Holy Spirit is the giver of life and, with the Father and the Son together is worshipped as God. Thus, we believe that the trinity is the only acceptable expression of the Christian faith. Since, the Bible is the exclusive and the infallible guide for faith and practice, we submit to it in every area of our lives. The Bible provides a foundation upon which we construct our view of the world.

Covenant Theology

God is a covenant God. He always relates with people by means of covenants. A covenant is a binding relationship that God establishes. He pledges himself to his people and he defines the relationship. For example, in the garden of Eden, God entered into covenant with Adam. This covenant required Adam to obey God perfectly upon pain of death. Since Adam failed as our first covenant-mediator, a covenant of grace was given through the second Adam, our covenant-mediator, Jesus, the Christ.

For Christians, God is our covenant God and we are his covenant people. Covenants structure and define our lives. In Christ, they bind us together with God and with one another. When we submit to Christ we become part of a covenant community. It requires commitment to others but it also offers mutual comfort and strength as a community of believers. The heart of this community centers on the family. Therefore, Redeemer OPC focuses on the family. We long for our children to love and to honor the Lord for generations to come. Our families commit themselves together for mutual protection, and for strength, and, ultimately, for the glory of God.

Worship

As a covenant community, one of our highest callings is formal/public worship. In worship, we come into the special presence of God, listening to him and responding to him in commanded acts of faith and love.

Worship is God-centered and God-defined dialogue. He speaks to us in his word, and we respond to him with that which pleases him. Notice that our actions are limited to that which is commanded in the Bible. Does this hinder us from expressing ourselves in worship? No, indeed, it enhances our ability to please God. We worship God for his glory and not for our own pleasure. This is a grand privilege!