Our Father’s Son, the Lord of all, the Beginner of all beginnings, our foundation and cornerstone, the redeemer and friend of our Souls, the sum and substance of all we want to be and do.
God’s bond to us of law and love, written in stone, warm as blood. Enduring because it is promised, and binding because it is law.
The family of God, a pilgrim band of disciples, embracing the Savior, forsaking the world, carrying the cross, denying ourselves, reaching the lost, feeding the hungry, challenging culture, marching to glory, worshipping the Lord.
WHAT IS ASSOCIATE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN (ARP)?
We are grateful for the unity all believers enjoy in Christ, but we also treasure the rich heritage of our own denomination. Our legacy in the Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church roots us in a rich Christian tradition that transcends our contemporary evangelical age and connects us to the witness of saints across time and place.
Associate. Reformed. Presbyterian. These are words with roots, reaching down to the rich, fertile soil of 17th Century Scotland, where the Presbyterians faced the ruthless King of England, Charles II, and his efforts to make the Church of Scotland submit to His rule. In the "killing times" of the 1680s, many of these men, women, and children paid the ultimate price for their devotion to King Jesus. Over the next 100 years, their spiritual children moved to America, settling the middle colonies of the New World with their rugged, determined piety. They formed congregations known as Associate Presbyterian Churches and Reformed Presbyterian Churches. In 1782 in Philadelphia, many of these congregations merged to form a new denomination, the Associate Reformed Church. Today known as the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, we still hold dearly to the Headship of Christ in His church on earth, and our denomination is considered perhaps the oldest conservative Christian denomination in America.
WHAT DOES "PRESBYTERIAN" MEAN?
Presbyterian derives from the Greek word for "elder" or "overseer." The term simply means a church led by a session or gathering of elders. The church elect these men from their midst on the basis of their biblical qualifications (2Timothy 3; Titus 1). Their principle role is to oversee the spiritual needs of the congregation. A presbytery consists of all the elders and ministers of a particular geographic area. Today, there are ten presbyteries in North America which together form the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.