WHO WE ARE
We are a new church, a mission church of Living Hope Presbyterian Church in Gettysburg. We began worship here in Chambersburg in April of 2014, and are a small but growing congregation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our church consists of people from all ages and walks of life, and all are welcome here!
Why We're Here
Our mission is to fulfill Jesus’ great commission of Matthew 28:19 to “make disciples of all nations” by working to plant a faithful Reformed church here in Chambersburg. We are here to:
- Worship the Lord Jesus as he instructs in the Bible
- Encourage and build one another up in the love of Jesus
- Seek and reach the lost with the good news of salvation by faith in Jesus.
What does "Presbyterian" mean, anyway?
"Presbyterian" is the English translation of the Greek word for elder, and being Presbyterian simply means that we are governed by a plurality of (i.e. many) elders. So, here in Chambersburg, we have multiple elders who work alongside the pastor. We are also accountable to the broader church, what we call our "Presbytery", which consists of all the pastors and elders of the OPC throughout central PA. This is not only Biblical (e.g. Titus 1:5) but it also serves as a help and protection both for the church and the men who serve as pastors and elders.
What We Believe
The OPC (Orthodox Presbyterian Church) is a part of the broader Christian church and traces its history back to the Protestant Reformation in the 1500s. As a denomination and as a local church, we believe that Bibical Christianity has been best summarized by the Westminster Confession & Catechisms. A brief summary of what we believe can be stated in the five "solas" of the Protestant Reformation:
Scripture Alone (2 Timothy 3:16)
Only the Bible—God’s Word—has ultimate authority for our lives.
In Christ Alone (John 14:6)
Salvation from sin & death is only possible through Jesus Christ.
By Grace Alone (Ephesians 2:1-9)
God’s grace—his unearned favor—is the foundation for and cause of our salvation, not anything good in us.
Through Faith Alone (Galatians 2:16)
Faith - receiving & resting on Jesus for salvation - is alone the instrument of our salvation.
To God's Glory Alone (1 Timothy 1:17)
All that we do in life is to be directed to honoring and glorifying God as he teaches us in his Word.
If you are interested in learning in more detail what we believe from the Bible and why, please ask! You can also check out the Westminster Standards for yourself by clicking through to the following .pdf links:
Westminster Confession of Faith w/Scripture Proofs
Westminster Shorter Catechism w/Scripture Proofs
Westminster Larger Catechism w/Scripture Proofs, part 1
Westminster Larger Catechism w/Scripture Proofs, part 2