Q. What is ARP?
A. ARP stands for Associate Reformed Presbyterian. That's the Protestant denomination to which Grace Church belongs. The ARP consists of Presbyterians who trace their lineage back to Scotland, where the Associate and Reformed groups pulled out of the Church of Scotland due to differences that in good conscience they could not abide. When these Christians immigrated to the American colonies they merged. There are about 260 ARP churches in the US today. We are theologically conservative, meaning that we believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God. We believe that the gospel is the good news that God has provided salvation through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and that through faith in him a person has eternal life. We hold to the Westminster Confession of Faith as a faithful summary of what the Bible teaches.
Q. How should I dress to come to Grace Church?
A. You may come as you are to Grace Church on Sunday mornings. Clothing is not our primary concern. Generally, we are a casually-dressed bunch. If you desire to dress more formally, that is fine.
Q. Will I be asked to give money?
A. While investing financially in the kingdom of God is the best investment you can possibly make, we are not after your money. We believe that God calls his people to be good stewards. For that reason, part of worship on Sunday morning is giving God his tithe, that is, a portion of what he has given us. The amount you give is between you and God.
Q. What Bible version does Grace Church use on Sunday morning?
A. Our pastor reads and preaches from the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible. However, our members use a variety of good versions of the Bible, including the New International Version (NIV), the New American Standard Bible (NASB), and the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB).
Q. How long does your worship service last?
A. We have two services. Bible Study is from 9:15am to 10:15am, with the last 15 minutes for Q&A. The main service is about 75 minutes in length (10:30am-11:45am).
Q. I understand that you celebrate the Lord's Supper every Sunday. Why?
A. There is no explicit command in the Bible governing how often a church celebrates the Lord's Supper. The apostle Paul said about the cup of communion,
"Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:25).
We simply view the Lord's Supper as a normal part of the worship service. Since it is a means of grace, it would seem that people would want to participate in it as often as possible!
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