Maupin Avenue Presbyterian Chruch, as part of the greater Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) church, offers many resources to equip mentors, teachers, and individuals seeking knowledge and spiritual growth. Please find information regarding some of those resources below.

What do we believe about God? To answer that question is a confession or a creed. Creed comes from the Latin word credo, which means, I believe. A confession or a creed is a formal statement of Christian beliefs.

Catechism comes from the Greek word katekhein which means to instruct orally, to make hear. Catechism is defined, to instruct someone in the principles of Christian religion by means of questions and answers.

The Bible is the ultimate authority of Maupin Avenue Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says,

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

In 1643 Presbyterian Puritans convened an Assembly of Divines (divines were clergy/theologians) from England and Scotland, 151 names from the best divines of the day, at Westminster Abby in London. Their task was to advise Parliament on how to bring the Church of England into greater conformity with the Church of Scotland and the Continental Reformed churches. The Westminster Assembly produced documents on doctrine, church government, and worship that define Presbyterianism to this day. These documents included a Confession of Faith (1646), a Larger Catechism (1647), and a Shorter Catechism (1647), called collectively The Westminster Confession of Faith, Larger and Shorter Catechisms.

These documents were written by man brought forth from scripture proofs which are available today for our study and testing. The Westminster Divines devoted a significant amount of time (5 years), energy, and wisdom, studying scripture and writing down the essential matters of our faith.

The foundational standards of Maupin Avenue Presbyterian Church are subordinate documents to the Word of God in which they assist and guide in all matters relating to Doctrine, Government, Discipline, and Worship. These are:

  1. Westminster Confession of Faith
  2. The Larger Catechism
  3. The Shorter Catechism
  4. The Form of Government of the ARP Church
  5. The Book of Discipline of the ARP Church
  6. The Directory of Public Worship of the ARP Church
  7. The Directory of Private and Family Worship of the ARP Church

For more reading:  The Standards of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

Our foundational creeds of what we believe are:

  1. The Apostles Creed
  2. The Nicene Creed

We are one of the oldest denominations in existence. That which has kept us sound and standing is that we stood on the foundation of God’s Word alone since 1782. While most national churches in the U.S.A. no longer believe that the Gospel is the only way to the Father, and have drifted from historic Christian faith and practice, the A.R.P. Church by God’s grace has remained faithful to the Scriptures, Biblical in faith and practice, true to the Reformed faith, and mission centered in obedience to the great commission of Jesus Christ.

The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church developed from the Church of Scotland. In 1733, the Associate Presbytery (a presbytery consists of five or more churches in a geographical area) was organized in Scotland to assure a more Protestant and democratic church. Ten years later, the Reformed Presbytery was organized by other Scots called Covenanters, so named for their support of the Scottish National Covenant of 1638, which asserted that Christ, not the national monarch, was head of the Church. These movements were part of the Protestant Reformation sweeping Europe. Members of the two branches entered America in the middle 1700’s and in 1782 merged to form the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, one of the oldest continuing Presbyterian Church bodies in the United States. Distance and travel limitations in the early 1800’s led to separation of the northern and southern branches of the church, the northern branch having since merged with other Presbyterian bodies. The present Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, although no longer geographically limited to the southern U.S., is the continuation of the southern branch. Today there are more than 200 churches ranging from Canada to Florida to California.

One visit to our narthex and you’ll discover a large selection of reading materials including topical pamphlets, magazines, devotionals, tracts, books and Bibles, all available free of charge to aid your learning, spiritual growth and evangelism efforts.

The narthex is joined by a small library, where you can find copies of books used in previous Bible Studies and other resources available for use.

The Quarterly is a reformed curriculum produced by The General Synod of The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. The lessons have been created and edited by Dr. Iain Duguid. Dr. Duguid is an ordained minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and currently serves as professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary.

The online Westminster Bookstore is our primary source for biblically faithful books.

We, the members of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, in order to carry out God’s mission and move forward together into the future, 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.

“Let us not grow weary in well-doing,
for in due season we shall reap,
if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).

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

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).