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What We’re About

The best way to get to know us is to stop by and meet us. Join us for Sunday worship, or a reading group. Or call our church planter to set up a time to go out for coffee! We want to get to know you and show you the exciting things the Lord is doing in our church.

But if you want some idea of what you’re getting into, here are some of our “distinctives” — the things which aren’t as important as believing in Jesus Christ and being saved by faith in his blood, but which we still think are pretty important. These are the beliefs which make us more or less different from other churches whom we would gladly embrace as brothers and sisters in Christ, but who have different convictions about some of these things.

We are Christian.

Happily, rather than distinguishing us from other churches, this unites us to them! So it’s not really a distinctive at all. But it still has to be the starting place for what follows.

We believe that all men and women are naturally lost and dead in our sins, alienated from our Creator. This is why the gospel is good news! We believe that Jesus Christ, who was fully God and fully man, came and died for the sins of all who believe in him, and that salvation is by faith in Him alone. We believe that everyone who believes and is saved receives the gift of the Holy Spirit, who writes God’s law on our heart, teaches us from His word, and conforms us more and more into the image of our Savior for the rest of our lives.

To learn more about our theological convictions, visit our Beliefs page.

We are Presbyterian.

This means we believe that God designed his church to be overseen by elders, spiritually mature Christian men who are elected out of the congregation to provide spiritual counsel and oversight. They are ultimately accountable to Jesus Christ, the head of the church, and are only to be followed when their teaching and counsel are in submission to His. However, when the elders are following Christ, their example and wisdom are a great blessing to the whole congregation. The elders are called the session of the church, and all the elders of all the churches in a region form a presbytery. All the presbyteries meet together for a general assembly once per year. This organization reflects what we see in the New Testament church, and it provides oversight and accountability for everyone in the church, including pastors.

Being Presbyterian also means we hold what is called covenant theology. This is an understanding of Scripture which sees God working consistently and purposefully throughout history, so His covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David are all developments and deepenings of God’s fundamental plan for mankind: that He would be our God, and we would be His people. This theme is taken up in the New Covenant under Jesus Christ, and culminates in the beautiful hope of a new heavens and new earth, where we dwell forever with our God. We believe covenantal theology best reflects God’s revelation in Scripture, and adds power, beauty, and continuity to the record of His dealings with mankind.

One implication of covenant theology is that we baptize our babies. This may seem very strange to you, depending on your theological background, and we’d love to answer your questions about it! Just as God gave the covenant sign of circumcision for babies in the Old Testament, we believe Scripture shows that babies in Christian families should receive the covenant sign of baptism. This doesn’t mean we think all our babies are automatically Christians. However, it reflects the Scriptural truth that God’s promises are for his people and for their children, and that the children of Christian homes have a special place and a special claim on the promises of God — though that claim must be taken up and affirmed in faith and obedience as they mature.

We are in the OPC.

“OPC” stands for the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. (Not the Only Perfect Church!) The OPC was founded in 1936 by a small group of Reformed, Bible-believing churches who left the PCUSA as it slid into theological liberalism, rejecting the inerrancy and authority of Scripture. From the beginning, the OPC has been characterized by a fierce desire to faithfully teach and obey the whole counsel of God. We remain a relatively small denomination, but have been influential in Christian publishing and have a surprisingly robust missions program for our size. You can learn more about our mother denomination on the OPC website.

The OPC is also known for our traditional worship style. We believe the worship service is primarily about glorifying our God together as His congregation. You will find us singing psalms and hymns, old and new, but with an emphasis on beautiful and rich songs rather than the latest fads. You will find a liturgy; not as strict as our Anglican brethren, for example, but still a regular service in which God speaks to His people from His word and we respond with song, prayer, and confession. You won’t find soloists or much instrumentation, not because those are bad in themselves, but because our focus is on singing together to our God. (Can’t sing? Don’t worry! A lot of us aren’t great vocalists either, but you may be surprised by how easy it is to sing along with a group of Christians raising our voices in love to our God.) You will hear thoughtful expository sermons working through books of the Bible to explain and unfold God’s word for his people. And in all of it, we hope you will see a group of God’s children, joined together as one, worshiping Father, Son, and Spirit with love, joy, and reverence.

We are Kannapolis OPC.

What makes Kannapolis OPC distinctive? Beside everything we explained above, we seek to cultivate several important elements in our church culture:

We seek to actively shepherd and disciple every member. Our elders take seriously their responsibility as “under-shepherds” beneath the chief shepherd, Jesus. Each elder is assigned particular members to engage with and know, so they can be available for prayer and counsel when needed. Beyond the elders, all of our members are encouraged to disciple and be discipled, building meaningful relationships where there is opportunity for mutual growth and learning.

We seek to intentionally identify and call upon the spiritual gifts of every member. The Bible teaches that every Christian is given some gift by the Spirit for building up the church. Though we believe the charismatic sign gifts such as tongues and prophecy ceased with the end of the apostolic age, the Spirit still generously gifts each of us with specific aptitudes and abilities for the good of our fellow believers! When those gifts are recognized and utilized, both the one serving and the ones being served are encouraged and built up, and God is glorified.

We seek to engage our community with mercy ministry and the message of the gospel. Our Savior sets an example of gentle, sacrificial service and gracious, powerful proclamation of the truth. We seek to equip and encourage each of our members to bear witness–by word and deed–in their community, so God may be glorified, the hurting healed, and the lost saved.

If you are looking for a church home, we hope you’ll come visit! Or if you aren’t sure yet, please don’t hesitate to reach out to learn more.