What Is Reformation OPC?
Reformation Orthodox Presbyterian Church is a conservative, Reformed, confessional church meeting in Mesa, AZ. Our church was received as a particular congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) in October 2016 and is a member of the Presbytery of Southern California. We are Reformed in doctrine, liturgical in worship, and Presbyterian in governance.
What Do We Believe?
We are a gospel-centered, Bible-believing, and expository preaching church which affirms the historic doctrines of the Christian faith and of the Protestant Reformation. We confess the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, inspired, inerrant, and the final authority for our faith and practice. We believe salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. We believe in the Tri-unity of God: Father, Son, and Spirit. We believe the Church is to worship and work in accordance with God’s revealed will and seek to follow the Regulative Principle of Worship. And we believe in the final return of Christ, the bodily resurrection of the dead, and the hope of eternal life.
While Scripture is the ultimate and infallible rule of faith and practice, our congregation also affirms the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms as a faithful summary of the system of doctrine taught in Scripture and as a secondary standard. Our church’s constitution also includes the OPC Book of Church Order which contains our Form of Government, Book of Discipline, and Directory for Public Worship.
Ministers, elders, and deacons in our congregation affirm the Westminster Standards as expressing their own view of Christian doctrine, but members of the congregation are only required to make a credible profession of faith in the Lord Jesus and affirm their willingness to submit to the leadership of the church.
Who Are We?
We are a generationally diverse group of young and old, single and married, couples and families, widows and widowers, mature believers and new coverts. We come from a variety of backgrounds and many different religious traditions, but we are united by God’s work of grace in seeking us and bringing us to himself. We share a common faith in Jesus Christ, a common confession that we are sinners saved only by the grace of God who trust in Christ alone for our salvation, and a common commitment to hear, believe, and obey God’s Word, the Bible.
What Is the OPC?
The OPC was founded in 1936 when faithful ministers and elders objected to theological liberalism in the mainline Presbyterian Church. Since that time the OPC has been steadfastly committed to the authority of Scripture, to the purity of the gospel, and to the faithful ministry of the Word and sacraments. You can learn more about the Orthodox Presbyterian Church at opc.org.
What Is Our History?
Our congregation was originally established as a non-denominational church in the early 1980s. In 2013 the elders called Joel Ellis to be the Senior Pastor of Community Christian Church, as the congregation was then known. Pastor Ellis arrived with his family in September of that year and began preaching expository sermons every week. As he preached through the Book of Romans, God began reforming the congregation. Early in 2016 the congregation voted overwhelmingly to petition for membership in the OPC. You can read about our Pastor’s spiritual journey and our
congregation’s reformation here