What We Believe



The Church

“There is but one Church set forth in the Scriptures. This Church in all ages is one and the same, and consists of those who by faith are in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The visible unity of the Church, though obscured, is not destroyed by its division into different denominations of professing Christians; and all of those maintaining the Word and sacraments of the Lord Jesus Christ in their fundamental integrity are to be recognized as branches of this one visible Church.

We, the members of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church denomination, in order to carry out God’s mission and move forward together into the next century, profess our life together in Christ and our desire to set forth a united strategy for the work of His church. We express our desire to continue to be a Presbyterian and Reformed church committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to the Bible as the Word of God.”

Rooted in and shaped by a living tradition, we are part of the new creation in Christ which God is bringing into existence. Therefore, we are committed to:

  • The worship of the Triune God.
  • The Holy Scriptures as the basis for our faith and activity.
  • Unity with other believers in Christ.
  • Total stewardship of life, including tithing of time, talents, and money.
  • Excellence in education and equipping leaders for tomorrow.
  • Loving and caring for one another and for other people.
  • Spreading the Gospel to all parts of the world.
  • Evaluating and changing church structures and priorities in order to meet the challenges of the future while preserving the best of the past.

To this end and in humble reliance upon the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, we covenant together to pray steadfastly that God will open doors of opportunity so that we may declare the riches of Christ.

Minutes, 1990 General Synod, Page 363;
reaffirmed by the General Synod June 13, 2001.

“Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not

lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).

Our foundational doctrinal statements are found in The Standards of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, which we hold to be “the system of doctrine which is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone” (Associate Reformed Synod, May 31, 1799).

What We Believe from arpchurch.org

Further Reading

There’s a lot of good books out there, but here’s a list of great ones we think would get anyone off to a solid start

The Bible

The Very Word of God (Prov. 30:5) — Read Online

Ultimate Questions by John Blanchard — Read Online

Why I Believe in God by Cornelius Van Til — Read Online

Holiness by J.C. Ryle — Read Online

Knowing God by J.I. Packer


The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul

Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray

Summary of Christian Doctrine by Louis Berkhof (Introductory) — Read Online

The Doctrine of God by John Frame (Advanced)

Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen — Read Online

Cur Deus Homo by Anselm of Canterbury — Read Online

God's Sovereignty

The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination by Lorraine Boettner — Read Online

Willing to Believe by R.C. Sproul

The Word of God

God-Centered Biblical Interpretation by Vern Poythress

Canon Revisted by Michael Kruger

The Church

Worship that Is According to Scripture by Terry Johnson

What is a Healthy Church? by Mark Dever

Handbook of Church Discipline by Jay Adams

A Sacramental Catechism by John Willison — Read Online

The Family

The Shepherd-Leader at Home by Timothy Z. Witmer

The Family Worship Book by Terry L. Johnson


Every Thought Captive by Richard Pratt (Great Introduction to Apologetics)

Van Til’s Apologetic: An Analysis of His Thought by Greg Bahnsen (Advanced)

The Latest Infidelity by R.L. Dabney — Read Online

The Compact Guide to World’s Religions edited by Dean C. Halverson


Postmodern Times by Gene Edward Veith, Jr.

Idols for Destruction by Herbert Schlossberg


Foxe’s Book of Martyrs — Read Online

Revival and Revivalism by Ian H. Murray

Christianity at the Crossroads by Michael Kruger

The Christian Life

The Heidelberg Catechism — Read Online

Pray with Your Eyes Open by Richard Pratt

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Edward Welch

Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers by John Owen — Read Online

How to Overcome Evil by Jay Adams