How we do the work of the church
The work of the church is to worship, grow, and witness.
How does Christ want us to do the work of His church? With theologically orthodox presbyterians since the 1600’s, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church has detailed what is popularly called today a “philosophy of ministry” in its Book of Church Order (see http://opc.org/order.html). In this our intent is to focus on what the Bible tells us to do, “so that” — by Christ’s own gracious work, “he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:27). So here is how we do the work of the church, as summarized in the OPC’s Form of Government (http://opc.org/BCO/FG.html#Chapter_II):
The work of the church, in fellowship with and obedience to Christ, is divine worship, mutual edification, and gospel witness. The means appointed by Christ through which the church does this work include:
- the confession of the name of Christ before men;
- the exercise of fellowship in encouraging one another;
- the reading, teaching, and preaching of the Word of God;
- administering baptism and the Lord’s Supper;
- collecting and distributing offerings;
- showing mercy;
- exercising discipline;
- and blessing the people.
Please join us in this work, for the glory of God.