As a Reformed and confessional Presbyterian church we trace our historical roots back to the Apostles of Jesus Christ through the Protestant Reformation and the ecumenical creeds to today. With minor revisions, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church has adopted the Westminster Standards (1647) as its secondary standards – the Bible itself being the only infallible rule of faith and practice. Officers in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church take a vow to “sincerely receive and adopt” these confessional documents “as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures.”
We also confess both the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed which we believe to be concise summaries of the doctrine of salvation given to us in the Bible.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of the Father before all worlds,
God of God,
Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, not made;
being of one substance with the Father.
by whom all things were made.
Who, for us and for our salvation
came down from heaven;
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary,
and was made man;
and was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried
and the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of the Father.
And He will come again with glory
to judge both the living and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord and Giver of life.
Who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified;
who spoke by the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins;
and we look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.