Have you ever wondered why there are such stringent guidelines for elders in the church? This past Sunday evening Pastor Mark came to Adamsville preaching from Titus 1:5-9 and he gave us a clear picture of why we should be "Presbyterian by Conviction". He reminded us that Presbyterianism is built upon the foundations of the Old Testament Church (Numbers 11:24-30), and that it is the most consistent expression of the organization of God's people given throughout the whole Bible. Presbyterianism is ultimately about plurality and connectivity because scripture as a whole reveals to us a principle of organic connection with one another, and of vital accountability to one another, and of individual churches connected to one another, and of government by a plurality of offices within the church. In a nut shell, the word presbyterian comes from the New Testament Greek word presbyteros, meaning "elder". The Orthodox Presbyterian Church follows this biblical pattern for church government and takes seriously the stringent guidelines for elders, as they are given in the Bible, so that Christ may be seen in the church; so that the elders will be a picture of Christ's sacrifice, love, and servant heart.
Presbyterianism is often misunderstood in our day, but Pastor Mark did an excellent job of answering questions about what the marks of a true church are and why this is important (WCF ch 25, sections 2-6), and why we use scripture to interpret scripture, and why we baptize our children the way we do, and why Christ is preeminent in our preaching, and why our church is governed by presbyters a.k.a. elders. I suppose we could make a case for Presbyterianism based upon our own American system of government being influenced by it. After all, even with all of it's imperfections, America still has the best form of government in the entire world. But ultimately, we must look to scripture to make our case for Presbyterianism because the true church is the church that submits to the word of God, and when we take a closer look at scripture, we can see that Presbyterianism is built upon scripture.
If you missed Pastor Mark Winder's sermon "Presbyterian by Conviction", it is available for you to enjoy on our YouTube channel:
If you would like to learn more about the "Aspects of Presbyterian Government", you can check out this episode on the Reformed Forum:
This episode on "Biblical Church Government" is also available: https://reformedforum.org/tsp89/
If you would like to learn more about how "Jesus Runs The Church", these resources are available:
The true church is marked by submission to the Scriptures. If you would like to learn more about the "Marks of the Church" and why they are needed i.e. how to tell if you are a true church and not just a gathering of Christians, see here:
We would like to invite you to explore Christ and Christianity with us as we grow in our knowledge of and love for our Lord. Please pray that the Lord would bless our Bible study, that it would grow into a true church. If you are looking for a good church home, we would like to be a good church home, and we are asking God to provide the increase (1 Corinthians 1:3-6). We would love to have you join us, come as you are-
"But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
We meet every Wednesday evening at 7pm and every Sunday evening at 5pm for Bible study.
Pastor Mark Winder leads worship services on the last Sunday of every month at 5pm.
We meet at 1st Presbyterian Church in Adamsville, TN 328 Old Stage Rd
West Tennessee Reformed is a conservative Presbyterian church planting effort where Christ is preached consistently, where God speaks powerfully through his written word, The Holy Bible.