The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church just celebrated its 211th time to worship God, and conduct the business of the Church in a way that follow’s Paul’s admonition, “Let everything be done decently and in order.” The ARP is more than just a denomination but people of like minds joined together in the worship and service of our triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Here is a recent letter concerning our Christmas Benevolent Offering that helps retired ministers and their widows who are in need.
Graceview is a conservative, evangelical and reformed Church. We believe that the form of government described in the Bible is connectional or Presbyterian, according to the principles of Acts 15, 1 Timothy 3, and Titus 1. This means the Church is to be governed by teaching elders (pastors) and ruling elders (laymen) who together make up the session. We are part of a presbytery which covers this geographical area and then connected to a General Synod. The ARP will be meeting for the 210th time this June at our denominational conference center called Bonclarken in Flat Rock, NC. Our denomination is made up of every class and race of society. Many of which are new Presbyterians. We fondly call ourselves ARP’s.
The purpose of Synod is for accountability, renewal of vision for ministry and fellowship within the Church. We are joined together by a common doctrine expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms which is the foundation of other conservative Presbyterian denominations. We are committed to the Gospel and reaching the world with the Gospel beginning in our own community.
Each Church sends a ruling elder delegate (layman) and a pastor. The Moderator who is elected every year and this year is Dr Jamie Hunt just retired pastor of from The Back Creek ARP church appoints committees to study and approve the ministry and budget of each board and agency. Usually these reports and recommendations and approved. Yes there is debate and disagreement. Each delegates gets an opportunity to ask questions and vote on issues facing the denomination. This is an important meeting that allows each local congregation a say in the denominations stand on issues and also on what and how we do our ministry.
I am thankful for the ministry of the ARPC and join with them in doctrine and ministry of the word and sacraments for the glory of the risen Christ. To God only be the glory.
Who We are in Christ, Facing the 21st Century
We, the members of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, in order to carry out God’s mission and move forward together into the next century, profess our life together in Christ and our desire to set forth a united strategy for the work of His church. We express our desire to continue to be a Presbyterian and Reformed church, committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to the Bible as the Word of God.
Rooted in and shaped by a living tradition, we are part of the new creation in Christ which God is bringing into existence. Therefore, we are committed to:
- The worship of the Triune God.
- The Holy Scriptures as the basis for our faith and activity.
- Unity with other believers in Christ.
- Total Stewardship of life – time, talents, and money – including tithing through the local church.
- Excellence in education and equipping leaders for tomorrow.
- Loving and caring for one another and for other people.
- Spreading the Gospel to all parts of the world.
- Evaluating and changing church structures and priorities in order to meet the challenges of the future while preserving the best of the past.
To this end and in humble reliance upon the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, we covenant together to pray steadfastly that God will open doors of opportunity so that we may declare the riches of Christ.
Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season
we shall reap, if we do not lose heart — Galatians 6:9
Minutes, 1990 General Synod, Page 363; reaffirmed by the General Synod June 13, 2001.
If you would like to know more, please go to our website at http://arpchurch.org/