First Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Sunnyvale • California



What Do We Believe?

Are you looking for a church that is true to the Bible and speaks to your needs? First Orthodox Presbyterian Church (a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church») is a Bible-believing church committed to the glory of God.

Centuries ago there were faithful men (Reformers) who called the Church back to its historic, biblical roots. A gathering of Reformers in England and Scotland (the Westminster Assembly, pictured on the right) summarized the most significant teachings of the Bible in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. This summary was intended to bring unity and to protect the Church from error. We subscribe to the Westminster Confession and Catechisms. Copies are available for you upon request. You may also find these documents on-line by visiting the links at the bottom of this page. These teachings include, but are not limited to:

The Bible - Inspired by God, it is entirely trustworthy and without error. It is the revealed will of God for faith and practice, and is sufficient for your life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

Sovereign God - There is only one true God in whose union are the three persons of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God is perfectly true, holy, and just; yet He is loving and merciful. He is both creator and governor of all.

Man - The first man, Adam, was mankind’s representative before the holy God. Because of Adam’s lack of faith and disobedience all mankind became sinners and have since rebelled against their loving Creator. All mankind, because of this broken relationship with God, deserve His condemnation to eternal hell.

Jesus Christ - Though man sinned, God determined by grace that sinners may receive forgiveness and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). So God sent His own Son, who being fully God, became perfect man in order to secure forgiveness for those whom the Father had given Him (Romans 6:23; 1 Timothy 1:15). Jesus Christ lived a sinless life but died on a cross while bearing the sins of all those who trust in Him for salvation. He received the wrath they deserved. Three days later He rose from the dead, and then ascended into heaven where He sits as Lord and Savior. He will return again one day to judge the living and the dead.

Salvation - God calls upon sinners to receive this salvation in Jesus Christ by turning from their sins and believing in Him (Acts 17:30). Because of God’s grace a sinner can be born again to trust in Jesus Christ (John 1:12) and His work. The sinner, by faith, is pardoned and the relationship with God is restored. God declares him righteous, adopts him into God’s family, and indwells him by the Holy Spirit.

To learn more about what we believe, we invite you to review the following classic documents which are essential to our beliefs.

·The Westminster Confession of Faith»
·The Shorter Catechism»
·The Larger Catechism»
·The Apostles’ Creed
·The Nicene Creed

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