Christian

 

We are foremost a Christian Church. We affirm one living and true God who is triune, meaning that there are 'three persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.' We are hopeless without the mercy and grace of God, who has alone saved us from our sins through Jesus Christ, and gives us life by His Holy Spirit.


Biblical and Confessional 

 

We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative word of God, which consists in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. Since the Bible is the sole rule for our faith and life, it might seem odd to some that we hold dearly the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. While they are not on par with the Bible, we believe that those documents summarize the biblical Christian faith. We also frequently confess the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds in our worship services.


Reformed

We are a Reformed church, which means that we are in the vein of the Protestant Reformation which occurred in the 16th century Europe. Men such as Martin Luther in Germany, John Calvin in Switzerland, and John Knox in Scotland led the church to Reform her doctrine and practice according to the word of God, departing from the many tenets of Roman Catholicism. The slogans of the Protestant Reformation were 'sola gratia' (grace alone), 'sola fide' (faith alone), 'solus Christus' (Christ alone), 'sola Scriptura' (Scripture alone), and 'soli Deo gloria' (to the glory of God alone).

 

That is to say that we sinners are

  • saved by grace alone

  • through faith alone

  • in Christ alone

  • according to the Bible alone

  • to the glory of God alone!

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Our Commitment

We were formed around several commitments, to which we continue to hold fast. First, that God’s Word, the Bible, is the only rule of faith and practice, doctrine and worship. As such, the sure way to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” is to preach and teach the “whole counsel of God.” We believe in expository preaching through Scripture in our services.  If we abide in the Word, Jesus Christ abides in us. We are warmly committed to the Westminster Confession of Faith, with its Larger and Shorter Catechisms, as the best summary of the system of truth taught in Scripture.

We also believe that the Word of God and His Spirit will make us loving, able and willing to serve one another.  Fellowship and regular meeting together are a leading way the Lord strengthens us and draws us closer into one body. As we want the entire world to know God’s love and mercy through Jesus Christ, we also support the missionary expansion of the gospel and church of our Savior throughout the world, encourage our members to “share what God great things God has done for our soul,” and encourage our members to serve others.

We practice a weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper, which we believe most closely approximates the apostolic model for the church.

Being persuaded that the church should be governed by multiple elders elected by the congregation, we are presbyterian in our government. 

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Orthodox Presbyterian Church

We are a Presbyterian church, which refers to our form of government or how our church is structured. The word 'Presbyterian' comes from the New Testament Greek word for 'elder,' which is 'presbuteros.' See for instance, Acts 20:17, I Timothy 3:1-7, and Titus 1:5-9. We distinguish between ruling elders and teaching elders or pastors (I Timothy 5:17). The leadership of each local church consists of these elders (called the session), and deacons. Acts 15 makes it clear that churches should be connected, and so we are members of a presbytery (regional church), which is part of our General Assembly, where the whole denomination is represented by delegated elders from each presbytery. We are a mission work of Covenant OPC in Buford, GA, a congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church..


Accountability

We are presbyterian in our government, which means that there is accountability at the local level (the church), at the presbytery level (regional church, or the Presbytery of the Southeast), and at the national level (the General Assembly).  In this picture you will find men who are ruling elders and teaching elders in our presbytery, including our organizing pastor, Kevin Medcalf.  

 

Since we are a mission work of Covenant Presbyterian in Buford, GA, the men of that session (the elders) oversee our current work.  Not all of the men in this pic are elders at Covenant, but most all of the Covenant elders are in the picture.  

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Working towards elders & deacons of our own

Our hope and prayer is for the Lord to raise up from our midst men who will be elders and deacons, who will watch over our souls (Hebrews 13:17). Part of achieving the status of being 'organized,' or 'particularized,' is being 'self-governed.'