Question and Answer

How do I become a member of the OPC? - part 2

Question:

How do I become a member of the OPC?

Answer:

This is part two of the answer. Here is the link to part one.

Start attending a particular congregation that belongs to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church denomination of Christ's church and worship the Lord Jesus Christ with them.

Since the pastor and elders make up the Session, which is the shepherding group of men in that church, go to one of these men and express your desire to join them as a communicant member. Ask him—the pastor or an elder—what you must do to join.

Expect them to invite you to a membership class to learn Christ's teachings more fully; to schedule an interview with you to assess your experiential knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ; and to ask you to get acquainted with the four vows you will study in the membership class.

On the day you are received as a communicant member, you will be asked to publicly make these four vows to the Triune God as your rudimentary creed as a new disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.

* Do you believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, to be the Word of God, and its doctrine of salvation to be the perfect and only true doctrine of salvation?

* Do you confess that because of your sinfulness you abhor and humble yourself before God, and that you trust for salvation not in yourself but in Jesus Christ alone?

* Do you acknowledge Jesus Christ as your sovereign Lord and do you promise, in reliance on the grace of God, to serve him with all that is in you, to forsake the world, to mortify your old nature, and to lead a godly life?

* Do you agree to submit in the Lord to the government of this church and, in case you should be found delinquent in doctrine or life, to heed its discipline?

May the Lord richly bless you as you take this important step.


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