ABOUT US

WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe that the Bible consisting of the Old and New Testaments is the inerrant and infallible word of God, and the only rule for faith and life.

 

WHY WE LOVE GRACE CHURCH

The preaching is Biblical, Christ-centered and relevant for me, and my family’s lives. (Paul) 


I love how kids are made to feel like they belong and it’s evident that they’re always welcomed at Grace church, even in the worship service!!  (Leslie)



OUR VALUES

We are called to join in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We believe that reaching out to the lost and engaging with them will strengthen our bond with each other through God.


Jesus called us to go out and spread the word of God. We believe that this is not done enough. We make it a priority to go outside of the church walls to reach the lost and broken.

OUR NAME


Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church


Grace – The first part of our name "Grace" reflects on God's great love and mercy to us. God's grace is the favor He shows to those who do not deserve it, and it comes to us as a free gift by which we are saved.  Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  This is tremendously freeing as it shows that our salvation is all of God and not dependent on who we are or what we do.  At Grace OPC, we sincerely desire for God’s grace to be evident in our lives so we might be used by God to share his grace with the world as he calls people to himself.  We also desire to grow in God’s grace (2 Peter 3:16) by the diligent use of the means of grace (Word, sacraments and prayer).  


Orthodox - Although we use the word Orthodox in our name, we are not to be confused with churches in the Eastern Orthodox tradition.  Orthodox simply means “straight teaching” or "true glory", from the Greek ortho, meaning “straight” and dox, meaning “glory”.  At Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church we strive to hold to the straight teachings of Scripture, and to apply them not just in word, but in deed and in all of life.  We hope that in all we preach, teach, say and do, God’s word is both primary and clearly conveyed, and as a result, God is glorified.  


Presbyterian -  We are Presbyterian because be believe that the Bible lays out the form of government by which Christ’s church is to be governed.  Presbterianism teaches that the congregations of Chirst's church throughout every region and in the whole world are spiritually and vitally connected to each other.  The Bible prescribes that rule in the local church is to be by a plurality of elders, meaning that the Ruling Elders, along with the Pastor or Teaching Elder rule the church by example, humility and guided by the Holy Spirit.  “Ruling elders, individually and jointly with the pastor in the session, are to lead the church in the service of Christ. They are to watch diligently over the people committed to their charge to prevent corruption of doctrine or morals… They should visit the people, especially the sick, instruct the ignorant, comfort the mourning, and nourish and guard the children of the covenant.” – The Book of Church Order of the OPC


Church – The use of church, in the last part of our name, conveys more than just a building, an organization or a group of people.  The church is best understood as God’s chosen, covenantal community, established by Christ for his glory and the protection of his people.  This shows that the church is something put together by God himself, with its chief purpose being to glorify God.  By becoming a member of the church, you place yourself under the care and protection of Christ and his servants.    


WHAT WE BELIEVE


We believe that the Bible consisting of the Old and New Testaments is the inerrant and infallible word of God, and the only rule for faith and life.

We believe in the one living and triune God, who is one God existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which persons are same in substance and equal in power and glory.


We believe that God created mankind, male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness and holiness, meaning man was originally created morally upright.


We believe that all mankind has fallen from their original morally upright position, as a result of their sin and rebellion, and thus all men are sinners in need of a Savior.


We believe that Jesus Christ, being the eternal Son of God, became man, by taking to himself a true body and reasonable soul, being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the womb of the virgin Mary, and born of her, yet without sin, is the only Redeemer of God’s elect.


We believe that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and offered Himself at the cross to make full atonement for sinners.  We believe that on the third day He was raised from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for His people, until He comes again to judge the living and the dead.


We believe that salvation is a gracious gift of God from beginning to end and is obtained by God’s grace through the repenting of one’s sin and placing one’s trust and faith completely in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.


We affirm the historic Christian faith as expressed in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.


OUR HISTORY

The Origin of the OPC. . .

The Orthodox Presbyterian Church was founded on June 11, 1936, in the aftermath of the fundamentalist-modernist controversy, under the leadership of J. Gresham Machen (longtime professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, who also founded Westminster Theological Seminary in 1929). With the infiltration of theological liberalism, the mainline Presbyterian Church in the USA had departed from historic Christianity, including the rejection of doctrines such as the inspiration and authority of Scripture, the virgin birth of Christ, and the substitutionary atonement. Originally calling itself the Presbyterian Church of America, the young church was forced by the threat of a lawsuit to change its name in 1939, and it adopted the name Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

The Origin of Grace OPC. . . 

The doors to the church first opened way back on September 22, 1936.  The church originally met at the home of J. Enoch Faw on South Euclid Avenue with 12 charter members, inclduing Westminster Seminary senior and soon-to-be first pastor, Rev. Donald C. Graham, who served until 1940. 


The congregation steadily grew from its inception until it reached its peak membership in the late 1970's when the congregation had just over 250 members.

Our New Beginning . . . 

On June 19, 2015, Grace Presbyterian Church called, by unanimous, first-call vote, our current Pastor, Rev. Timothy Ferguson, Esquire who agreed to serve as our 11th Pastor in 75 years.  Rev. Ferguson came to Grace Presbyterian Church after serving for twenty plus years as a practicing trial attorney, licensed in the States of NJ and PA.  He had his own law practice in Camden County, NJ.      


Since coming to Grace, Pastor Ferguson has exhibited a love for both God's word and his people.  He has demonstarted an extraordinary gift of teaching and preaching the inerrant, and infallible word of God in its fullness that has served to build up Grace church members and bring a sense of new life and vibrancy to Grace church.  He always has his door open and makes himself available to members of both the church and community.  He would welcome meeting with you to answer any questions you may have.


For a sample of Pastor Ferguson's preaching, please feel free to visit the sermons section of our website or join us for worship any Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m.


OUR TEAM

Rev. Timothy Ferguson, Esquire - Pastor 

Rev. Keith Graham- Ruling Elder

Ron DeVelde - Deacon