The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church came into existence in Scotland in the Eighteenth Century because of a passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ and a desire to communicate his amazing love for a dying world. The ARP is one of the oldest denominations in the United States and joyfully affirms a commitment to the Scriptures and to Reformed theology, as expressed in the Westminster Standards. We enjoy close relationships with the other conservative Presbyterian and Reformed denominations, such as the PCA, OPC, EPC, and RPCNA.
Our Five Core Reformed Beliefs:
1. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
This means that the Bible is the ultimate authority in matters of faith and practice. It’s the primary source for understanding God’s will and guidance. So, in a nutshell, if the Bible says something, that’s what we believe and follow.
2. Solus Christus (Christ Alone)
This emphasizes that salvation comes only through Jesus Christ. In other words, Jesus is the exclusive way to a relationship with God. It’s not about our good deeds or efforts; it’s all about what Jesus has done for us.
3. Sola Fide (Faith Alone)
This principle teaches that we are justified or made right with God solely through faith in Jesus Christ, not by our works or deeds. It’s not about earning our way into God’s favor but relying on Jesus and trusting in His work on our behalf.
4. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
Grace alone underscores that our salvation is a gift from God. We don’t deserve it; it’s given out of God’s undeserved favor. Our relationship with God is initiated and sustained by His grace, not by our merit.
5. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)
This reminds us that the ultimate purpose of our lives is to bring glory to God. In our actions, beliefs, and everything we do, the focus is on honoring and glorifying God rather than ourselves. It’s about acknowledging that all good things come from Him.
These documents are a fuller explanation of our beliefs: