What we believe
Our church, as a congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, believes that the Westminster Standards are the best summary of Bible doctrine. To quote from the OPC website:
When the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America was formed in 1788, it adopted (with minor revisions) the Westminster Confession of Faith, Larger and Shorter Catechisms (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."
It's helpful to note that the vow to receive and adopt the Westminster Standards is for church officers and not all the church members. Agreement with the Westminster Standards is desirable, but is not a requirement for church membership.
A common question
Often people ask, "what is the status of the Three Forms of Unity in the OPC?" This is a good question, because the OPC is a Reformed denomination, and we are well aware of our connections with other Reformed Churches who use the Three Forms of Unity.
The Three Forms of Unity: the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort are the standards used by the other Reformed Churches (link to URC). While they do not have the same authority in the OPC as the Westminster Standards, they are recognised for their fidelity to Scripture and highly valued. The Heidelberg Catechism is sometimes used in OPC congregations (including ours) in Sunday School, Bible Studies, or on other occasions.
Our church has strong relationships with other Reformed Churches. On a denominational level, the OPC has fraternal relations with other Reformed Churches through NAPARC. On the presbytery/classis level, we have many contacts. Pastor Ferguson, as a member of presbytery's Ecumenicity Committee, often attends classis meetings. We enjoy meeting fraternal delegates from the classis when they attend our presbytery meetings as well.
Our congregation has good relationships with the other Reformed congregations in our area of Ontario. Pastor Ferguson occasionally preaches in their pulpits, and we are delighted to have Reformed ministers preach in our pulpit when the opportunity arises.
Some helpful links
• What is the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (An extensive introduction to the OPC)
• Heidelberg Catechism and Westminster Standards (Q&A from the OPC Website)
• More information about NAPARC | The NAPARC website